dogs on earth; Anatolian Wolf Hounds. Standing on their hind legs, their heads are over 7' high and they can weigh 300 pounds each! Very intimidating!
From there we went to Tarsus, where Saul (St. Paul) of Tarsus lived. we also went to Greece & Bulgaria and saw many more fascinating Eastern Orthodox monasteries with beautiful artwork and histories. Most of them were also carved out of rock. But the most amazing monastery was built by a man with two interesting goals.
The first goal was to charge nothing. Everything was free. Normally, people had to pay for room & board for themselves and their donkey or camel. He charged nothing.
The second goal was to start a choir. No church or monastery ever had a choir prior to this time. And we were standing where sacred church choir music was well documented about 400 A.D. Our guide didn't understand why I dropped my head and went silent. I asked him to repeat what he said so that I could capture his explanation on my iPhone. I was standing on Holy Ground. Yes, it was a monastery. But it was also the birthplace of Sacred Christian Choral Music.
Thanks be to God!
In His Name,
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