When traveling one never knows for sure what surprises await them. This is one of the benefits of travel and is one of the reasons travel is so alluring to so many people.
Chase Vault, Christ Church Barbados
On a recent cruise ship visit to Barbados we were disappointed when the photo tour we wanted to partake in was sold out, so we opted for another tour instead. As it turned out , I was glad we made the change.
One of the stops was at Christ Church located in Christ Church Parish. I had never been here before and as is my usual custom I hadn’t done much research before coming here. I had no idea what this was about, I normally don’t do much research, I have found my adventures normally turn out best if I just follow my nose and let the universe guide me to where I need to be.
Christ Church is a beautiful old church with a history that spans many centuries. Having survived hurricanes, fires and other disasters , it continues today to serve it’s parishioners as it has in the past. One of the most interesting features of the church is the cemetery and the Chase Vault.
The Chase Vault was originally built as a final resting place for some of the early more prominent citizens of the congregation. It was soon discovered that after burial the coffins would move about the vault and be in total disarray upon examination. The vault was sealed with heavy stones, but noises would be heard coming from inside and the contents of the vault would be moved from their original location.
After this phenomenon was observed several times, the parishioners decided to bury the coffins in the cemetery, and as a result the disturbances ceased.
Several years ago, a visitor decided to take a souvenir home with them. Upon arriving home , they began to experience all sorts of misfortune, and experienced one personal disaster after another. They returned the souvenir to the crypt and their fortune immediately changed.
I decided to take only photos and leave only footprints.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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