Travel Theme: Stone

I was wandering through the streets in the old part of Bristol today with some friends and we came across some pretty almshouses. The were behind closed gates so it was difficult to get a good view but these stone carvings were set in the brick on the first floor. They are the Magi, carrying their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh.
Gold Frankincense myrhh
I thought they were perfect for Ailsa’s challenge this week.
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38 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Stone

    1. Colline, my guess as to why the magi were carved on the almshouse is that they represent the giving of gifts to the Lord, and the Word of God teaches that when we give to the poor, we give to the Lord. (Matt. 25:40 and Prov. 19:17). I feel sure that’s why these particular people were chosen.

  1. I’ve just read about todays trip to Bristol and meeting up with our OU friends. You inspired me to have a quick look into the almshouses. The building with the statues is the Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne and was commissioned by John Foster in 1504. One other site cites that this is indeed a rarity of dedication to the Magi. The three kings remains are supposed to be in Cologne cathedral and it would be interesting to know why Foster chose this theme for his chapel. Also I wonder about your comment for the statues having a modern appearance. Again, it would be magnificent if they had survived The Reformation and later the English Civil War and their associated iconoclasms of religious as most niches still remain empty to this day. I’m in no way demeaning your fantastic writing, in fact I’m applauding it as you gave me an excuse to look at something different. Thank you Gilly for opening up another avenue to research 🙂

    1. Always happy to stimulate research and learning Paula! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’m really interested in history but just a bit too lazy to follow it up 🙂

  2. You have a fantabulous photographer’s eye and always manage to present the most interesting pictures. I’ve never seen anything like this. I believe it’s fitting that the Magi are present here.

      1. Yeh, I now know the building is in Bristol but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it; not my sort of thing.
        Impressive how the blogosphere generates it own momentum. I’ve been meaning to say how impressed I am with your blog output. I have no idea how you cope with the administration of it and all the other things you do.
        In awe….tony

  3. They are definitely stone. You picked a wonderful image to showcase the challenge.
    The architecture with images like these are always so fascinating. The work it must have
    taken to create them is a work of art all on it’s own. Super, Gilly ….

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