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It’s not a religious thing….

October 26, 2009

It stands in the centre of  Chitre town, a feature on a vehicular roundabout. It chimes as the quarter hour passes completing a full tune every hour. It gleams white in the full day light and cools people as they enter inside. It’s Iglesias San Juan Bautiste — a church yes, a religious thing possibly, a way of life definitely.

If you stay in the provincial town Chitre it’s likely you will come across this church whether you plan to or not. It’s literally the central landmark of the town, opening at sunrise and closing at sunset, acting as a beacon to devotees who  seek — companionship for a lonely old man, hope for a young women fervently in front of Christ, solace for a grandmother over her active grandson; and a quiet place for a lunchtime worker texting.

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There isn’t much left of the original 19th century interior workmanship, but there is plenty of beautifully renovated woodwork, gilding and stained glass.  In keeping with the laws of nature pigeons continue to coo high in the rafters,  reminding us of their right to protection.

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Long gone are the days when choirs or solo organists practiced their upcoming Sunday services. Instead the church plays salsa style hymns on speakers above the entrance ways. Even religion has to keep up with new trends.

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It’s not a religious thing to enjoy sitting in a quiet place, beautifully restored, away from the heat, but a chance to see the strength of faith within a culture.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Bear permalink
    October 27, 2009 9:08 am

    The church is a beautufil building and what nice observations you made of the people who were there.

  2. October 27, 2009 9:30 am

    This is a gorgeous post. I also find that churches make a wonderful place to sit, reflect, and observe.

  3. October 27, 2009 5:39 pm

    Thanks Bear and Mara, it did feel like an oasis in the middle of noise and heat. Plus the interior was beautifully worked.

  4. October 28, 2009 9:20 am

    Great images, beautiful place. Is not everything about food and sun,spirituality is the most important.

  5. October 29, 2009 2:18 pm

    Thanks Andrew for stopping by and commenting. And it’s true travel doesn’t just mean food and sun, for some it’s about spirituality.

  6. October 31, 2009 6:33 am

    Now i can say thank

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