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Cities

This reflective Tale about cities was inspired by our Sojourning 2015.

They rise and fall, they exist. Their streets are paved, paving the way for thousands of souls to pass through. Their buildings give way to elaborate architecture, towering above, always out of reach. Cars everywhere, never sleeping, always moving. A melting pot, cultures meet, diversity is born and people change.

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Madaba Mosaic Map, Madaba, Jordan, 6th century AD. Section showing Jerusalem.

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Pompeii overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius, Italy.

Cities are defined, created and formed. Over time, things change, people move and industry develops. A centre, a metropolis, a place where worship happens. Metal lines, joining everywhere, underground and over ground they go – without them people would be lost and cities would not be the same.

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Istanbul, formally Constantinople, monument – inscription reads: “The Milion Monument was the starting point of the great Roman Road Via Egnetia that lead to European cities and the reference point for measuring all distances on it.”

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Broken boundaries – Platz des 9. November 1989, Berlin. First border crossing to be opened during the fall of the citys’ wall.

Grid iron, cyclical, roads lead in and out, shaping, defining and forming cities and their movements. Integral to their existence, these roads form the byways and byways are formed by the roads. Representing history, always existing in the same place, they take form as men hammer and repair, what seems like an endless task year in and year out. So the roads take shape, and so do the cities by which they are defined by.

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Valletta, Malta – grid iron street patterns are known to have originated with this city.

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Layered city – Plovdiv, Bulgaria. During construction of the modern city a Roman Stadium was discovered below. European Capital of Culture 2019.

Water flows, people move – like blood through arteries and veins, so they pass, in and out, back and forth, never tiring, infiltrating. Like a giant organism, the city exists, the city seems to move, yet always remains in place.

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Laodicea, modern day Turkey. With roads on the right, to pavements on the left of the photograph, this city is characterised by water aqueducts carrying water to and from this first and second century city.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia.

From city to city – each is the same, yet so different. Seeing cities, enjoying cities, staying in a city, brings about unique realities about each city as different as they each are to each other.

The sure, unchanging, never fading, perfect realities of the everlasting City:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:1-4