The West Wall of the Sixth Century Basilica

In the sixth century, artisans carved a cross and two palm trees from blocks of brittle granite, and set them into the west wall of the basilica.

In the middle of the day, the sunlight reaches the west wall, illuminating the outer rim of the cross first. Within a few moments, one palm tree and then the other come into full sun. Five sequential photographs capture this transition.

Δίκαιος ὡς φοῖνιξ ἀνθήσει, ὡσεὶ ἡ κέδρος ἡ ἐν τῷ Λιβάνῳ πληθυνθήσεται. (Ψαλμός ϟα΄)

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (Psalm 92:12)

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