This made me smile. I love visiting churches, feeling the atmosphere, enjoying the stillness and the play of the suns rays as they illuminate the windows and then lose themselves in the dusk inside. I love the scent of incense in Catholic churches, and the intricate mosaic floors. The most beautiful church in the world is the St Chappelle on Paris, although the Vassily church on the red square in Moscow, especially on the inside is also beautiful. The outside was more beautiful before they renovated it to death, Siena’s churches have a special atmosphere, and if you like monasteries the Rila monastery in Bulgaria is definitely worth a visit, as is the whole country, the landscapes are breathtaking, or the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, or if it’s convents that make you happy then back in Moscow to Novoidievichy you must go, with its’ golden roofs. By the way if you were wondering, I feel Moscow is best visited in December, it is special then.
But I digress.
The sign above was on the door of a church in Puglia – simple but to the point. It says not literally translated ” to talk to God you don’t need your cell phone. Please switch it off”. A fitting message for Sunday, but also even if you are not religious for every day. Our days are filled with noise, music in shops, music from people’s headsets on the bus, cars, airplanes, cell phones, cell phone conversations and even if you doubt the existence of God, you have for sure on occasion thought ” I cannot hear myself think” . The message above addresses for me any one of the moments in life where noise crushes the stillness and we lose track of what is going on inside and thus of ourselves.
Happy weekend all