There are, according to the web, 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today.  This number, of course, changes every second because people are born and die every second,and because counting anything is never easy. Are the 1.2 billion Catholics true Catholics,  Catholics because they were baptized? Do they follow the tenets of the Pope? 

This Cathedral, in the middle of the Zona Colonia, is striking and was the first church in the New World, built in the early 1500’s. It is a huge structure with thick fortress walls, high arching ceilings and faced on the outside with coral laced stones.There are stained glass windows high in the interior of the Cathedral and the worship area features a huge open sitting area used for mass plus six chapels on each side of the common hall. At one time, the remains of Christopher Columbus were interred here and the tomb of Archbishop Merino is still displayed in one of the  chapels.

The Catholic church itself is one of Christianities monuments and, at one time, was a glue that held much of the world together. Religion tends to transcend country and the molding power of the church is well known to many of my friends who got their hands struck by a ruler when they didn’t learn their ABC’s in Catholic School and talked out of turn. 

The Cathedral inside is so big, so tall, so light, so gentle, it makes me catch my breath.

Watching it being built would have been a sight. Working on it would have been a special honor. The best workmanship went into making the stones rise like fireworks to the top of the Cathedral, positioned just right so balance and counterbalance would keep it the whole structure together.

This is a must see for anyone visiting the Zona Colonia.

In this Cathedral, history speaks without speaking.


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