The unnamed bureaucrat.
That’s what this statue is called. I’m not sure what to make of it really. It think it’s neat that they pay tribute to all the unnamed people who do stuff behind the scenes. They are the ones who carry out all the rules and regulations and orders of the elected officials.
And again, it’s nice to see a statue to someone other than a military figure riding his stead after killing off the enemy in a pose that the person never actually was in.
The statue makes me think about all the other unnamed individuals who go to work each day and never receive any accolades for their efforts. And not just government employees. Think about that in every other industry – they are all there. Now expand that list to include the entire world, throughout all of human working history. Now go further back to all the humans who existed before we came up with the concept of doing something in exchange for money or other goods. That’s a lot of people.
The Stockholm Cathedral is an amazing place. If you’ve been following my last few posts, you will see what I mean. It’s not just that there is a ton of art work. It’s that the art work is so diverse in the sense that there is a wide variety of types of art.
There are paintings…
And there are statues…
And by that, I mean large statues. This is the famous statue of St. George and the dragon. It’s huge and in full color. St. George is probably at least six-foot tall, if you could stand him up on his own. This is an incredible piece of art. It’s also very fitting in a state-run church that at one time the state was an empire. One can almost see the argument being made that Christ will come in on a horse and with a sword and vanquish all enemies of the church and state. This is an image of Christ that Jesus himself pushed back against time and time again. His disciples at the time didn’t get it and subsequent followers haven’t gotten it right very often either. We’re always looking for a military leader to conquer and kill our foes. Christ conquers through love. The theology is in stark contrast.
Back to the cathedral. There are also small statues…
When we were on the tour of the city, the tour guide told us we would see the statue of St. George – but not in its home. It’s a famous statue that sits in the cathedral. Up to this point, I had never seen the statue in person, and was looking forward to seeing it.
Right across the street from St. John’s Church, which is Lutheran, is St. Peter’s Church, which also happens to be Lutheran.
In our modern age this seems funny and odd – why have two Lutheran church right across the street from each other? But there were more practical reasons back in the day. There’s a lot of history with these two churches and the reasons for their existence across the street from each other has changed over time. I’m just glad to have had the opportunity to see both of these churches.
As I started my sight-seeing tour of Old Town Riga, I realized something quickly – each church I would see would be bigger than the last one I just saw. This is certainly true for St. Peter’s Church – it is a larger building than St. John’s.
Unfortunately, St. Peter’s was not open to the public when I came upon it. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be inside. I was looking forward to walking in and immediately looking heavenward. I was looking forward to seeing what the pulpit looked like. But thems the breaks, as they say.
It’s also interesting to look around the courtyards of old churches. You’ll usually find some interesting statues or other things of interest. This was certainly true in around St. Peter’s. In between St. Peter’s and St. John’s I found this:
It’s that wasn’t odd enough, here’s something else I found:
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