Floating – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City – South Main Doors – Image credit: © Marek Poplawski | Dreamstime

floating temple mount

shored up with good intentions

faith, built on water


Built on water-logged marshland (actually, a reclaimed lagoon) and with the stone from the ruins of the grand Aztec Temple of the City of Tenochtitlan, stands Mexico City’s Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens (Metropolitan Cathedral).

Metropolitan Cathedral displays a mix of architectural styles from Gothic to Neoclassical. Its first stone was laid in 1571; construction continued on the exterior until 1813. It is the largest and oldest church in Latin America.

Trivia: Although shored up by modern herculean engineering techniques and considered officially “safe” for public use, Metropolitan Cathedral is still sinking.

These wooden entrance doors featured above continue to suffer from the ravages of the constantly waterlogged marshland soil under Metropolitan Cathedral’s massive 67-meter height (220 feet) – see door closeup below:

Metropolitan Cathedral’s South Main Door detail: Image credit: © Lena Wurm | Dreamstime.com

The painstaking restoration of these doors can be seen below:

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City, South Main Doors, under restoration – Image credit: © Daniel Wille | Dreamstime

Wider angle view, Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City below:

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral – Image credit: Sam Beebe/Ecotrust | Wikimedia

Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion @ No Facilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

55 thoughts on “Floating – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

  1. Your poem is intriguing, and a great introduction to this marvelous cathedral. I am always amazed by the timeline of cathedral constructions. So many generations were involved. I was glad to see the doors being restored. Thansk too for including the article on William Walker. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Dan. Yes indeed centuries of hard work built this cathedral and many hands still work on its upkeep.
      These grand buildings and their doors have so many stories we have never heard…amazing!
      Thank you for hosting Thursday Doors.
      And a great weekend to you.

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  2. Wow, the cathedral is huge! It’s like a castle…a beautiful castle of faith! And your haiku is an honest description of it’s situation. I hope it stands for many years to come despite the sinking.

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  3. So much effort to keep this beautiful sacred structure from sinking.

    And after reading the background information, I am so impressed how accurately you sum up the endeavors of the faithful.

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  4. I love the idea of faith built upon the fluidity of water, how blissful this is to me. Reminding me of natures gifts, and the flow of unfolding, which when we are in it, is exquisite and transformational. A gorgeous piece, Suzette; and, oh, those doors! Amazing.

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