Grotto of the Nativity

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The Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave located beneath the basilica, enshrines the site where Jesus is said to have been born. (Wikipedia)

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The Temple of Amada, the oldest of the temples, going back to the 18th dynasty with restoration work from the 19th dynasty. Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep II, and Tuthmosis IV were all involved with its construction, and Seti I restored sections of it.

The fine preservation of the temple is due to Christians plastering over the reliefs. The temple, dedicated to Amun-Re and Re-Harakhte, contains an inscription relating to the crushing of a Libyan-backed rebellion by King Merneptah (1212-1202 BC). At the back of the temple inscriptions tell about the famous wars in Syria of Amenhotep II’s and how he bought back the bodies of rebel chieftains to hang on the walls of Thebes. One body was hung from the prow of his ship sailing through Nubia as a warning. This temple was moved about two kilometers (one mile) from its original site.

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The Audience Chamber is among the best preserved reception rooms from the early period of Danish Absolutism. Luckily, the building escaped the flames during the devastating fire in 1859.

The original Audience Chamber was damaged by a small fire in 1665 and Christian V did not hesitate turning it into a coherent architectural tribute to the newly established absolute monarchy.

By removing the attic floor the architect Lambert van Haven created a high dome for the impressive room. He had the interior decorated with marvelous stucco ornamentation and paintings visualizing the absolute monarchy. The paintings include an allegorical representation of Christian V’s motto “With Piety and Justice”, personifications of the four continents, Africa, America, Asia and Europe and portraits of the Oldenborg kings.

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