On my trips to & from NM to CA, I have often driven by this monument along I-8 just across the AZ border. The last time my mom & gram visited, they stopped & took pics here, and once I saw them, I knew I'd make the stop as well. You can see the church on the hill from the freeway... but if you ever get the chance to stop here, I'd highly recommend it. It's beyond interesting, and gives one pause to think...
The church itself is quite photogenic... with it's natural elements & manmade lines.
I took quite a few, 'cause there were so many interesting angles... but I narrowed it down to a couple of favorites to share.
Before you get to the church on the hill, there are ROWS upon ROWS of polished & engraved granite. It represents the History of the World. There is the rise & fall of civilizations, the invention of "money," the creation of the universe, world religions, representations from countless cultural influences, art ... you name it & you'll find it here. Below is a memorial to those lost in the Korean War.
Our galaxy & the birth of our Universe~
Even famous artworks, like this one by Michelangelo:
The Creation of Adam~
Below, the engravers tools. He was not around, the visitor's center was not open, and there was not another soul around to question about this place. Walking through, I had more questions than answers. Who decided to put this here? Why? Where did the money come from?
And as you can see, there is much more work to be done. Much of the granite slabs at this time remain unfinished... but make for interesting reflections.
There were many quotes engraved on the ends of the rows of granite. This was one of my favorites.
I've condensed this quite a bit! If you'd like more info, or would like to see more photos on The Museum of History in Granite, click here:
Until next time,
I shall leave you with another of my favorite quotes~
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
~H.H. The Dalai Lama