On top of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there are monks. What nationality are they?
#31938. Asked by one wise man. (Apr 19 03 1:15 PM)
''The site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, burial and resurrection, the church and its roof are used by several denominations, among them Ethiopian Orthodox and Egyptian Copts. The Ethiopians, having been removed from the main monastery downstairs in a long, gradual process lasting centuries, are confined to some African-style huts on the rooftop. An Egyptian Coptic monk keeps guard over the rooftop from a critically-placed chair, controlling the space the Ethiopians use.'' |
Here's a couple of interesting notes I came across about the ladder at the second story window:
''Note the ladder under one of the second story windows. It was used over a century ago for hauling up food to Armenian monks locked in the church by the Turks.''
Some history of the ladder:
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