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This is the church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu just up the hill from David's City toward Mt. Zion. This shot is taken facing south east as you descend from Mt. Zion. The church was built in 1931 over older Byzantine remains and possibly marks the site of Caiaphas' house. Gallicantu means cock crowed in Latin which recalls Peter's denial of Jesus (Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John 18). There are also some grottoes at the bottom of the church which tradition holds was where Jesus was held after being questioned by Caiaphas before being taken to Pilate.
O homo non sum

This is a picture of my mother entering the ornate doors of St. Peter Gallicantu. O homo non sum comes from the Latin Vulgate meaning Man, I am not (Luke 22:58). This is my guess as to what Peter could be saying in the image on this door.
Conversus Dominus respexit Petrum

This means the Lord turned and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61).
Non novi illum

This is the statue outside the church. Non novi illum means I do not know him (Luke 22:57). Notice these words on the statue base.
  1 Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu  
  2 O homo non sum  
  3 Conversus Dominus respexit Petrum  
  4 Non novi illum  
Cantavit gallus

At the top of the statue is the rooster. Cantavit gallus means the rooster crowed (Luke 22:60).
  5 Cantavit gallus  
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© Charles Grebe
This slide show is dedicated to my mother who made possible our summer 2000 visit to Israel.