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Eliah Grotto, Stella Maris Church, Haifa

On the east side of the Church of Stella Maris is a small cave where, according to Carmelite tradition, Elijah has stayed. The inscription reads: "Hanc aliquando speluncam incoluit Maguns illa Prophetarum  Dux et Pater Elias Thesbites", which is in Latin for "in this cave stayed occasionally the great leader and father of the prophets - Elijah the Tishbite".  The small cave is about 3M by 5M.

On the floor before the cave are three markers that commemorate the founders of the Cramelite order -  Berthold, St. Brocardus and Prosper.

Inside the cave,  behind the pair of marble columns, is a table where dozens of candles light up, and a stone altar is in the center.

On top of the marble table is a statue of Elijah. According to tradition, the stone was the bedrock on which Elijah has slept.

According to a late Jewish tradition, this is the cave and tomb of Elisha, Elijah's follower and prophet, who also resided in the Carmel (2 Kings 2: 25"And he went from thence to mount Carmel..."). Another tradition locates his tomb in Samaria, the capital of the Northern Israelite Kingdom.

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Copyright: Zoran Strajin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12054x6027
Taken: 15/09/2011
Uploaded: 16/12/2011
Updated: 25/03/2015


Tags: stella maris church; haifa; church; church interior; religious; christianity; dome; grötö; grotto; israel; karmell; carmel mt; elijah cave; cave; elijah; low light; long exposure; candles; statue
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