Navarra GREEN MEN OF OLITE Nearby places: Puenta la Reina, Ujué, Martin de Tours
Quite sensational. From this front portal
the relationship between the Madonna and the Green Man is displayed in a very convincing
way i.e. She is the Great Mother with Her Son/Lover/Protector. This church - if I remember
well - was probably a Templer church....(?)
Discovery Note 10
faces relate to the old times
Official church of the Kings
of Navarra. Hier is something to see that is typical for the "Christian"
aristocracy - and not only for them! - at that time. For the external world they should be
loyal "sons" of the church. Here it is convincingly displayed: the royal (also
roman) eagle is keeping a rabbit i.e. hare in its claws, symbol of the victory of
Christianity over "paganism"
arrogant i.e. ruthless...
probably not have realized: the rabbit is also symbol of innocence...
In the church,
Accidentally, I was there just
before the beginning of a service, hence the church was open, otherwise I wouldn't have
had the opportunity to come back....In the church a totally different - opposite - scene!
Beautiful Green Men, as you can see carved with love. Does that say something about our
own - Christian moulded - inner schizophrenia?
Because of the service the
Cloister was closed, I thus don't know what surprises still can be expected
of leaves and various flowers. Beautiful.