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Place of the Manger in the Grotto
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Place of the Manger in the Grotto
Place of the Manger in the Grotto [Graphic]
St. Louis, 1894.
Bain, Robert E. M
Church Of The Nativity (Bethlehem)
Object Details:
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.4 x 17.6 cm ( 10 x 7 in).
Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Luke, ii:4-7.)--This is a picture of the interior of the Church of the Nativity, and there is given here a representation of the place once occupied by the manger in which our Savior was born. The star which you observe in the view is supposed to occupy the particular place where our Savior was born. Around this star are written the following words: 'Here Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary.' This place is always guarded by the Turkish soldiers, and about this star silver lamps are always burning. Notable festivities are observed in this church during Christmas time. Nearly all the lamps that are in it are very fine, and are presents from different kings of the world. There is no place in Palestine looked upon with more loving and pathetic interest than the place of the manger in the grotto." "C2" is printed on the matte beneath the text. See 5295BAI/LVii21CAJS (Voyager # 360954)
A priest and two other men guard the site of the manger; a number of lamps hang from the ceiling
CAJS Image Collection LVi BAI 5103 LVi21CAJS
The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, University of Pennsylvania Libraries