A stone story in stone

The exterior walls of Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Aghtamar Island) display many larger-than-life biblical scenes. Before us is David and Goliath. David is poised and at the ready with his arm cocked and a stone loaded in his sling. I'm assuming that is King Saul standing behind him, looking rather small, worried, and sultan-ish. Goliath towers above both of them, shouldering sword, spear, and shield. He glances out the corners of eyes, nonplussed by this new adversary. He has no idea of things to come!

This lavish 10th century Armenian structure stands on an island in Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. I wrote about this place a few years ago in a series of stories you can read here.

To encounter the biblical story of David and Goliath, look here.