The Forest That Hides Jerusalem
Who would expect to find Jerusalem in the heart of Tuscany? Yet, in the shelter of the Selva di Camporena, you happen to come across a small Jerusalem. There was a time when the pilgrimage to Palestine was precluded by the Ottoman occupation. For this, 500 years ago the Franciscans built a citadel of chapels and temples; so that the Holy Land could be symbolically visited in the enchanting San Vivaldo. They say this place is unique because it recreates the plan of the Jerusalem of the time. But it is also unique for the characters who inhabit it in the scenes of the life of Christ told in each chapel. Modeled in terracotta by the Florentine masters, with their carved faces and pronounced movements, these characters seem to question us, they tell us who we are and where we come from.
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