Trompe-l’Å“il ascent to Heaven of Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona

This time-lapse video reduces some 38 minutes to 2.5. The great bronze Vulture and Child on top of the Basilica de la Merced/Mercé was cast after the war from the remains of smaller monuments to red and separatist leaders and I think the phoney arch was added at the same time. The spectacle is visible during the equinoxes but, curiously, not afaik at the feast of the Assumption. Fans of French cookery may acquire some useful information around 01:25.

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Last updated 14/04/2019

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

Assumption of Mary (1): The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory".

Barcelona (1399):

Equinox (1): An equinox is commonly regarded as the instant of time when the plane of Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun.

Kaleboel (4307):

Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (1): The Royal, Celestial and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of the Captives, also known as the Mercedarians, is a Catholic mendicant order established in 1218 by St.

Spanish Civil War (18):

Virgin of Mercy (1): The Virgin of Mercy is a subject in Christian Art, showing a group of people sheltering for protection under the outspread cloak, or pallium of the Virgin Mary.


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