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Pre-technological world.

Pre-technological world.

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A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.” I noticed the “What Would Jesus Do” bumper sticker, the “Choose Life” license plate holder, the “Follow Me to Sunday-School” bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally…I assumed you had stolen the car.

Source:  Bits & Pieces

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Panama is predominantly a Roman Catholic country.  It is estimated that 75 to 85 percentof the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic and 15 to 25 percent as evangelical Christian.  The Roman Catholic religion came from Spain, which was the superpower of the XVIth century which colonized the country and the rest of Central and South America with the exception of Brazil.  Brazil was colonized by Portugal.

Panama has a rich Spanish religious architecture.  I will do my best to bring these architectural treasures to Lingua Franca for your enjoyment in the near future.  Today, I will take you by the hand and visit the most beautiful and most visited church in Panama by international tourists.  It is often confused with the Metropolitan cathedral which is another impressive building.

The name of this church is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Church of our Lady of Mount Caramel).  It is located in the heart of Panama City, and considered by many as one of the most treasured religious icons in Panama inspired by medieval Gothic architecture.  As its name indicates, the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Mount Caramel (or Carmen).  This  church  is the only Gothic architectural style building in the country.

This structure was built by the congregation of the Carmelites which have been in Panama since 1940.  The first stone was placed on July 7, 1947 and the church was inaugurated on July 16, 1953, even though the termination of the building was two years later when the two imposing towers were finished.

La Iglesia del Carmen is an imitation of the Gothic architectural style which flourished during the Middle Ages, and is perhaps the most beautiful architecture style conceived for sacred art.

The structure includes two slender and elaborated towers which stretches upwards towards the sky with the purpose of elevating to heavens the prayers of the people.  It symbolizes the extended hands of a man in an effort to embrace God.  According to architecht Alberto Arosemena, the Iglesia del Carmen was inspired on the gothic style of the late XIV century representative of Toledo, Spain.

Last week, while waiting outside Profuturo to pick up a check, I took several pictures of this architectural treasure of Panama.  This is what caught my eye.  Here we go.

Frontal view of the Iglesia del Carmen which faces Via España.  Notice the tall slender towers of the structure.

Frontal view of the Iglesia del Carmen which faces Via España. Notice the tall slender towers of the structure.

Side view of Iglesia del Carmen depicting the conformation of the structure of the church.

Side view of Iglesia del Carmen depicting the general conformation of the structure of the church.

A close up view of one of the two towers of the building.  Notice the detailed artwork of the tower.

A close up view of one of the two towers of the building. Notice the detailed artwork of the tower.

View of the statue of Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus.  From the ground its very difficult to admire the great piece of religious art.

View of the statue of Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. From the ground it's very difficult to admire this great piece of religious art.

View of the huge window located at the front of the church.  When light filters through this window into the interior of the temple it creates a feeling of deep religious reverence.  I apologize for all the wires and cable.  I just couldnt get rid of them.

View of the huge window located at the front of the church. When light filters through this window into the interior of the temple, it creates a feeling of deep religious reverence. I apologize for all the wires and cables. I just couldn't get rid of them.

Photograph of a big clock located on the facade of the church.  As you see, the photo was taken at 08:00 a.m.  The clock can be clearly seen from the street down below.

Photograph of a big clock located on the facade of the church. As you can see, the photo was taken at 08:00 a.m. The clock can be clearly seen from the street down below.

If you love architecture and have the opportunity of living in Panama or in transit through the country, I fully recommend you to plan a visit to this wonderful example of Gothic architecture.  It really gives you a feeling of humbleness.  Good Day.

Note: Digital edition by Michael Moore of Bothphoto.com

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