Tangier. Church of Saint Andrew. Good hunting, Tim / Udanych łowów, Tim

Good hunting, Tim

The graveyard nearby Grand Socco in Tangier is place of an eternal rest for almost 200 people. Among them some British soldiers as well as others of an outstanding merit for Morocco. The author of the inscription on one of the graves dedicated it to a British airman who lost his life over this land.

In the Church of St. Andrews we are welcomed by its caretaker – an incredibly kind man sharing history and architectural curiosities. He shows us everything that we might be interested in and… much more (the things which we are not interested in are presented to us in details). It proves without a doubt that standing before us is a man of passion. Thanks to people like him we can be sure that our culture will not be forgotten.

Udanych łowów, Tim

Cmentarz nieopodal Grand Socco w Tangerze jest miejscem spoczynku niemal 200 osób, w tym również żółnierzy brytyjskich oraz tych zasłużonych dla Maroka. Leżą tu między innymi brytyjscy lotnicy, a wśród nich ten, do którego zwraca się autor inskrypcji na nagrobku.

W Kościele Świętego Andrzeja przyjmuje nas jego opiekun. Przemiły pan, snujący opowieści o historii i architekturze. Pokazuje nam wszystko czym moglibyśmy być zainteresowani oraz o wiele więcej (również w szczegółach to, czym specjalnie nie jesteśmy zainteresowani). Dzięki temu widać, że jest to człowiek z pasją, a dzięki nim możemy być spokojni o zachowanie pamięci o naszej kulturze.

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With fresh flowers, the caretaker is doing a fabulous job here. / Świeże kwiaty, jasno widać, że opiekun fantastycznie wykonuje swoją pracę.
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Inscription in memory of John Hay Drummond Hay, 19th century British ambassador to the court of Morocco / Inskrypcja ku pamięci Johna Haya Drummonda Haya, ambasadora Wielkiej Brytanii w Maroku w 19 wieku.

The small Anglican church is a curiosity on a world’s scale. It resembles a mosque rather than a Christian temple. The carvings remind us of the palace of Alhambra. Next to the Holy Bible, in a central spot of the church we find a prayer written in Arabic. Unexpected, yet how beautiful mix of the two faiths.

Mały anglikański kościółek to kuriozum na skalę światową. Wyglądem przypomina raczej meczet niż chrześcijańską świątynię. Zdobienia przywodzą na myśl pałac w Alhambrze. Obok Pisma Świętego, w centralnym miejscu kościoła odnajdujemy również modlitwę w języku arabskim. Niespodziewany, ale jaki piękny mariaż dwóch wyznań.

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The Church of St. Andrews is still welcoming Moroccan Christians for a Sunday service every week. Continuously, since 1880, when the king Hassan I provided the land for the construction of the Anglican temple.

Każdej niedzieli do Kościoła Świętego Andrzeja przybywają mieszkający w Maroku chrześcijanie. Nieprzerwanie, od 1880 roku kiedy to król Hassan I przekazał ziemię pod budowę anglikańskiej świątyni.

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If I showed you this photo only, I doubt any of you would guess it is from a church. / Gdybym pokazał wam jedynie to zdjęcie, to wątpie żeby ktoś odgadł, że zostało zrobione w kościele.

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Church of St. Andrews is one of the biggest highlights of Tangier. In spite of this, there were only a few people here on a day of our visit. The monument is one of its kind, so it’s well worth seeing it! Especially, since it is only a few steps from the Grand Socco.

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Kościół Świętego Andrzeja to jedna z największych atrakcji Tangeru. Podczas naszej wizyty było tutaj mimo wszystko jedynie kilku odwiedzających. Widok jedyny w swoim rodzaju, więc warto! Szczególnie, że znajduje się on zaledwie parę kroków od Grand Socco.

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70 thoughts on “Tangier. Church of Saint Andrew. Good hunting, Tim / Udanych łowów, Tim

  1. What a beautiful church, depth of history and gorgeous architecture, so interesting.

    I just wanted to point out one thing if you don’t mind. The photo above of the Bible and verses of the Qur’an, are not actually verses of the Qur’an. The Arabic writing is beautiful calligraphy that could easily be mistaken for verses from the Qur’an.

    However, it basically begins with praising God and then states that the niche has been created in memory of someone who passed away.

    Take care.

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    1. Hi, very grateful for your comment! I appreciate it very much. I have just amended the post to make up for this mistake. You have made me a great pleasure by pointing this out and translating the content of the inscription! Thank You!

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  2. Wherever I go I always enjoy visiting churches, mosques, temples, etc as it tells us so much about the culture of the area. It is unusual if this was built originally as a church and not converted from a mosque. Nice to see.

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  3. An impressive building. The intricacy of that – what would you call it – filigree work? is so amazing. there is real history here, which we in the west seem to ignore: I certainly was not taught much history in relation to places like Tangier during my education. It is a real fault, because it impedes our understanding of the new population which is permeating our borders and our thoughts.

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    1. Now that You mention this Frederick, I was not taught neither about any of this. On Geography lesson I was asked to name all the capitals in the world yet I knew nothing about their history. It is only now that I am more and more curious. You are absolutely right saying that this lack of knowledge makes it more difficult to understand other cultures, stories, tragedies…

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  4. Beautiful pictures and interesting story. But the story of Christians in Morocco is also a sad one. Even if this beautiful coultry is deemed the most liberal of the islamic countries, and they have freedom of religion, it is completely illeagal by law to convert. If you are born a muslim you have to stay a muslim. Or practise in secret like these converts tells: “We have been able to observe our religious practices in secret,” he said. “However, for security reasons we are forced to operate like a secret organization. When an individual church grows too large (more than 20 members) then that church must be split into two entities in order to avoid attracting attention.” When ‘Abd-al-Halim returned to the country seven years ago he was surprised by the increase in conversions. He stated that, “In the ‘70s there were 400 members. Four years ago there were 700. Now there are more than a thousand.” (Aleteia.org) I also think you should be glad your contry wants only Christian refugees, partly because they are the most persecuted in the world today, and partly because most muslims want to impose islam wherever they come. I don’t say that because I don’t like muslims in general, I do, and I really admire the muslim countries I have visited, like Morocco, but I don’t want my country to be muslim, but we are going there very fast now, thanks to refugee-immigration for years. We don’t take Christians either….

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    1. Thank you for this insight. I was not aware of that. I guess it’s never about religion itself but about the way some people use it to influence others. Islam itself is not bad, after all this is yet another faith with one God.

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      1. Hi! :D I have been on a writing hiatus for some time now, if you’ve noticed haha. I’ve been busy with school/work and been going blank. I had rocky days, been going through something too. Hopefully I can post a few things soon :)
        Can’t wait to read your next post! As you might have noticed, I love patterns hahaha. Even on clothes. I like your pictures too, as always :)

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    1. Wspaniale :-) Bardzo bym chciał wrócić do Tangeru. Zjedliśmy tam najlepsze owoce morza na świecie!
      Co do pytań – pytaj ile potrzebujesz, chętnie podzielę się wiedzą :-)

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