Thank you goes to Ryan www.jetsliketaxis.com for clearing up the name of the marathon. It is sponsored by Zurich Insurance Company not the City of Zurich.
Ivan took us to a monastery named Santuario de Loreto. http://www.santuarioloreto.org A monk, dressed in street clothes, one of sixteen that live there, did the walk through and guided tour. I was gob-smacked!
Separate rooms full of beautiful things, statues, the Virgin is a small statue, smaller than most with lovely detail, on a dais that can be viewed up close from an upstairs room or from the alter. The altar was floor to very high ceiling, about three floors, and so ornate it was difficult to see all the details.
A room devoted to embroidery, beautiful robes, with lace skirts, wall hangings and grand, old tomes of books they are still categorizing.
Everything was in glass cases, Ivan and I almost chased each other around one, he was trying to explain something and we couldn’t connect there for a moment, funny. Another room had all the statues and details needed for the procession with an International twist of beautiful objects brought back from different countries the priests visited while trying to bring Christianity to other cultures, Bali and Japan were represented.
The cabinets to hold these gold and silver objects alone were ornately carved wood and donated by a benefactor to the monastery. It was well maintained and built in the same style as the one we visited earlier this year which was under renovation, Mudéjar, mix of moorish and christian styles.
There were so many more pictures so I did some serious editing. Next we went to the neighbouring winery but I'll save that for another post.
Cheers, Bx2 and Lexi Cat