LITERARY PONDERINGS: Let Go of the Past

π™±πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš‘πšŽ. π™Έπš— 𝟸𝟢𝟸𝟢, 𝙸 πš•πšŽπšŠπš›πš—πšŽπš 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπš 𝚐𝚘 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš. π™΅πš˜πš› πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπšœπš˜πš—, 𝙸 πšπš‘πš’πš—πš” 𝚠𝚎 πšπšŽπšŽπš• πš˜πš‹πš•πš’πšπšŠπšπšŽπš 𝚝𝚘 πš”πšŽπšŽπš™ πš›πšŽ-πš•πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πš˜πšžπš› πš™πšŠπšœπšπšœ, 𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πš˜πšžπšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš’πšœ πš‘πš˜πš  𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽπšœπš πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› πš˜πšžπš› πš•πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ. π™±πš’ πš›πšŽ-πš•πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πšžπš—πšŒπš˜πš–πšπš˜πš›πšπšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ πš–πš˜πš–πšŽπš—πšπšœ, πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš‹πšŸπš’πš˜πšžπšœ πš–πš’πšœπšπšŠπš”πšŽπšœ, πšπš‘πšŽ πšŸπšŠπš›πš’πš˜πšžπšœ πšœπš’πšπšžπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—πšœ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŠπš—πšπš•πšŽπš 𝚜𝚘 πš™πš˜πš˜πš›πš•πš’β€¦ 𝚠𝚎 πš™πšŠπš’ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš”πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πš™πšŽπš—πšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ; πšπš‘πšŠπš πš’πš πš’πšœ πš—πšŽπšŒπšŽπšœπšœπšŠπš›πš’ 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘 𝚜𝚘. π™°πš—πš, πš’πš’𝚜 πš—πš˜πš. πšπšŽπš™πš•πšŠπš’πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš– πšŽπš—πš˜πšžπšπš‘, πš˜πšπšπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš πšπš’πšπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš—πš πš˜πšžπšπšŒπš˜πš–πšŽπšœβ€”πšπš‘πšŽ πš’πš–πš™πš˜πšœπšœπš’πš‹πš’πš•πš’πšπš’ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŠπš πš’πšœ 𝚊 πšπš’πšπšπš’πšŒπšžπš•πš, πš‹πšžπš πš—πšŽπšŒπšŽπšœπšœπšŠπš›πš’ πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πšπš’ 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπšŒπšŒπšŽπš™πš. π™ΏπšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ πšŒπšŠπš— πšπšŽπš•πš• 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πšŠπš πšŠπš•πš• 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš–πšŽ, 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšŒπšŠπš— πš›πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš πš’πš— πš‹πš˜πš˜πš”πšœβ€¦ πš‹πšžπš, 𝚊𝚜 πš πš’πšπš‘ πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’πšπš‘πš’πš—πš πšŽπš•πšœπšŽ πš˜πš—πšŽ πšπšŽπšœπš’πš›πšŽπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπš‘πšŠπš—πšπšŽ, πš˜πš—πšŽ πš–πšžπšœπš πšπš’πš—πšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšπšŽπšŽπš• πš’πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚎𝚎 πš’πš πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽπš–πšœπšŽπš•πšŸπšŽπšœ. 𝙸 πš“πšžπšœπš πšœπšπš˜πš™πš™πšŽπš πšŠπš•πš•πš˜πš πš’πš—πš πš–πš’ πš–πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš πšŠπš—πšπšŽπš› πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš. πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 πš—πš˜πšπš’πšŒπšŽ πš’πš πšπš›πš’πšπšπš’πš—πš, 𝙸 πšœπš—πšŠπš™ πš–πš’ πš–πš’πš—πš πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš›πšŽπšœπšŽπš—πš. 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŠπš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πš—πš˜ πšŸπšŠπš•πšžπšŽ πš’πš— πšŒπš˜πš—πš“πšžπš›πš’πš—πš πšžπš™ πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πšŽ, πš πš‘πš˜ πš’πšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš—πš˜πš . πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšžπš•πšπš’πš–πšŠπšπšŽ πšπš›πšžπšπš‘ πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝚠𝚎 πšŠπš›πšŽπš—β€™πš πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšŠπš–πšŽ πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ 𝚠𝚎 πš˜πš—πšŒπšŽ πš πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŠπš—πš 𝚠𝚎, πš—πš˜ πš–πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš‘πš˜πš  πš›πšŽπšπš›πšŽπšπšπšžπš•πš•πš’ 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŠπš—πšπš•πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πšπšžπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš, πš’πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšžπš—πšπš˜πš›πšπšžπš—πšŠπšπšŽπš•πš’, πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšŽπšœπš 𝚠𝚎 πšŒπš˜πšžπš•πš 𝚍𝚘 πš’πš— πš˜πšžπš› πš•πšŽπšœπšœ πšŽπšŸπš˜πš•πšŸπšŽπš 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš–πšŽ. π™»πš˜πš˜πš”πš’πš—πš πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” πš πš’πšπš‘ πš˜πšžπš› πšŒπš˜πš—πšœπšπšŠπš—πšπš•πš’ πš›πšŽπš—πšŽπš πš’πš—πš 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽ 𝚠𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚒: β€œπ™°πš‘, πš πš‘πšŠπš 𝚊 πšœπš‘πšŠπš–πšŽ.” π™±πšžπš, πšπš‘πšŠπšβ€™πšœ πš’πš. π™°πšŒπš”πš—πš˜πš πš•πšŽπšπšπšŽ πš’πš πšŠπš—πš πš”πšŽπšŽπš™ πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš›πš πšŠπš›πš. π™Έπšβ€™πšœ πšŠπš•πš• πš πšŽβ€™πš›πšŽ πšŽπššπšžπš’πš™πš™πšŽπš 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘. πšƒπš‘πšŠπšβ€™πšœ πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŠπš πš’πšœ πš™πš˜πšœπšœπš’πš‹πš•πšŽ πš—πš˜πš . π™»πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš πš’πšœ πš’πš–πš™πš˜πšœπšœπš’πš‹πš•πšŽ. π™°πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπš πš’πšœπš—β€™πš πš“πšžπšœπš πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ, 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘, πš’πš πš’πšœ 𝚊 πš–πš’πš—πšžπšπšŽ, 𝚊 πš‘πšŠπš•πš πš‘πš˜πšžπš›, πšŠπš— πš‘πš˜πšžπš› 𝚊𝚐𝚘, πšŠπš—πš πš’πšŽπšœπšπšŽπš›πšπšŠπš’. π™»πšŽπš πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘ πš–πš’πš—πšžπšπšŽ 𝚐𝚘 𝚊𝚜 πš’πš πš™πšŠπšœπšœπšŽπšœ πš‹πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πš—πš˜πšπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πšπšŠπš’πš—πšŽπš πšπš›πš˜πš– πš‘πš˜πš•πšπš’πš—πš πš˜πš— 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŠπš πš’πšœ πšžπš—πšŽπššπšžπš’πšŸπš˜πšŒπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšπš˜πš—πšŽ. π™»πšŽπš. πšƒπš‘πšŠπš. πš‚πš‘πš’πš. π™Άπš˜.

Zipaquira, Colombia πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ 2012. πŸ“Έ: E. Lederman

ZIPAQUIRA, COLOMBIA: SALT CATHEDRAL

We caught the TransMilenio from Las Aguas station and took an easy ride for about an hour to Portal del Norte and then caught a local bus to Zipaquira, which took about 45 minutes. A short walk later, we made it to the Salt Cathedral.

Main Plaza with City Hall and Church
Main Plaza with City Hall and Church

Zipaquira is one of the oldest cities in Colombia, possibly originating in the 1500’s. The church pictured above right, Holy Trinity and San Antonio de Padua Parish, was created in 1779.

A Salt Cross in the Cathedral
A Salt Cross in the Cathedral
A Hollowed-Out Salt Cross in the Cathedral
A Hollowed-Out Salt Cross in the Cathedral
The Main Worship Hall
The Main Worship Hall

The Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira) is an underground Roman Catholic Church built inside the tunnels of a salt mine about 200 meters underground. It’s a very popular tourist destination, but it also serves as a place of pilgrimage and about 3000 parishioners attend services every Sunday. Because it has no Bishop, it isn’t officially recognized as a Cathedral.

Angel and Cross
Angel and Cross
Central Barrel Vault
Central Barrel Vault

Stationed on the floor in front of the cross is “La Creacion del Hombre,” a sculpture by Carlos Enrique Rodriguez.

Worship Hall Bathed in Purple and Torquoise
Worship Hall Bathed in Purple and Torquoise

All Pictures: 6OCT12. Zipaquira. Bogota, Colombia.