Monday, September 18, 2006

Star of David in the Vatican

Picture is courtesy of Nathan Gibbs from Flickr who wrote to me:

I shot it for several reasons. First, the lines and color drew my eye. There's a lot of movement and I imagine it took some time to assemble the mosaic. I also thought it was curious that the symbol was on the floor of the Vatican Museum. It always seems a little odd to put sacred symbols on the floor people walk on, but I was also curious why this Jewish symbol would be on.

I am sure the designers of this floor didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. There are many mosaic floors with the symbol of the cross all around the world. As for this photo I hope to find out where and when exactly it was made. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I can't solve your question about why the Star of David is on the floor here, we visited another church in Italy with a large Star of David on the grounds as one enters the church. It was put there above to designate where the church's Jewish architect was buried.