The LORD says ” cursed is the man who trusts in man ” (this is what is above the two doors) then Jeremiah continues … who depends on one’s self for their strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will live in dry places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
Jeremiah 17: 5-10
Now that you have seen these two doors in this castle of Gradara with quotes from Jeremiah I wonder what you are thinking? Well then there is this…
Bess couldn’t enter this castle so Roy and I took turns. It was early and maybe just another couple were in the building. I turn left when I forget, given directions, and I did. I went through a small door and entered the torture chamber. Casting my eyes over it I left and went up some stairs to a room with chairs. I took a photo then read about the room when suddenly I knew there was someone else in the room. A slim, custodian of the fortress was beside me. I think I jumped because he apologised for startling me. He also apologised for his English which I would not accept. It was good with a gentle Italian accent.
We went into several bedrooms with frescos and paintings but the last bedroom had a story I have already told. (the story behindthe sculpture of a woman and a man reading together) Dante immortalised it in his Divine Comedy. Dante brought ‘peace’ to this castle by saying it happened in this room and that this castle should be a symbol of love.
Then outside the walls of Gradara another scene was unfolding.
One I really appreciated. One of immense learned trust.
Thank you for looking at this post. A visit to a home and castle.