Valletta, Malta, Good Friday, April 14, 2017

Today we started our tour of Valletta, capital of Malta, with Chuck and Laurie, our friends from Aledo (now Angel Fire, New Mexico)!  Below is Court of Justice. Below, Chuck and Laurie discovering the Shipwrecked Church!Above is Ft St Elmo and below is Grand Harbour behind us! Above and below is St John’s Co-Cathedral, behind the city walls of Valletta.   This Baroque Cathedral was built by the Order of St John between 1572 and 1577.   We then walked to find a good vantage point for watching the Good Friday procession through Valletta.  This was phenomenal with most of the actors staying in character, even the little kids, for over 2 hours!  The scrolls that are carried seemed to be books of the Bible or different characters in the procession. John the Baptist, below!The 8 men below (4 on each side) are carrying this huge statue, weighing about 500-600KG (1100 -1300 pounds or over 150 pounds PER man), with wooden posts on their shoulders.  This is considered an honor to be chosen, and if you wish to fill a vacant slot, apparently sometimes you have to pay for the postition!  There were numerous statues carried this way throughout the procession! The above mass (poor quality, but best picture I got), is a traumatic bursa on the man’s neck from carrying the statue for so long over his shoulder!  They rub them during their breaks, but seem to put up with the discomfort!What an amazing event for all of us to witness!!



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