Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s cultural diversity

Tetragrammaton over the entrance to St. Francis Cathedral Basilica

If you look very closely at the arch over the doorway to Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi there’s a triangle. Inside that triangle is inscribed Hebrew text.  This text is for the Tetragrammaton,  the closest that  Hebrew comes to naming the Divine. How did it get there?  According to the PBS series God in America online  City Guide to Sacred Santa Fe, “It is thought to be a symbol of Lamy’s gratitude and friendship for the pioneer Jewish merchants of Santa Fe who contributed to the building of the Cathedral through donations and loans. The Tetragrammaton is placed inside a triangle denoting the Holy Trinity.”  The photo was taken in late afternoon, the setting sun created the great shadows.

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One Response to “Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s cultural diversity”

  1. Karen
    January 29, 2019 at 5:24 am #

    Very cool Santa Fe factoid. I love hearing these sort of things about this town!

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