One cloudy day during our recent trip to Barcelona we traveled to Tibidabo, the highest hill in the city, to visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor) and see the view of the city from there. Here is the shot I took from the roof of the church. It will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-31 and her Clouds theme.
According to St Matthew (4:9) the Devil took Christ up to a high mountain and showed him a great view of all the kingdoms of the world. “I will give you all these things,” the Devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me.” Christ, of course, said “Bug off, Satan!” and that was that.
Except that was not “that” for the people of Catalonia. To them it wasn’t just any old mountain where the devil brought Christ that day. It was the highest peak in the Serra de Collserola range that separates Barcelona from communities to the west. And so they called the mountain Tibidabo, straight from St Jerome’s translation of the Bible into Latin. The name of the mountain comes from the two Latin words “tibi” and “dabo” meaning “I will give to you.”
Later on in St Matthew’s Gospel Christ Himself says “Tibi dabo” to Peter when He promises that He will give him the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19).
We took the Metro, a cable car and a funicular to get to the top of Tibidabo. I’ll write more about our trip that day in a future posting.
Be sure to drop by Leanne’s website to see how other photographers have interpreted her clouds theme.