Wow. I went to Istanbul and visited this incredible basilica (later mosque, now a museum). Here is my photo of the hand print, said to be originally the Virgin Mary's (unlikely) from a church that was destroyed, and then the tile was moved here for preservation. The hand symbol is also told to be a sign pointing to the Holy Grail. Cool stuff.
posted on 09/01/2012 12:14:44 PM PDT
by Rona Badger
(Heeds the Calling Wind)
One day that will be a church again, and the city will be known by its proper name, Constantinople.
posted on 09/01/2012 12:21:14 PM PDT
(fear them not)
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