Fun with art: God sometimes is a hen

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to offend anyone. I am just referring to Luke 13:34:

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

This metaphor inspired Antonio Barluzzi, the architect of the Holy Land, when he worked on Dominus Flevit Church on the Mount of Olives. The building itself is very small comparing to churches we are used to but it is also very elegant and lovely thanks to its minimalistic interior.


The most obvious highlight is a window behind the altar. Instead of religious paintings and sculptures, you can admire a beautiful view of Jerusalem. And that usually means you forget to look around so you never notice the other interesting element of the décor – a mosaic in the bottom section of the altar. Inspired by Luke there she is – God as a hen gathering her chicks under her wings. So different from what we normally see!



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