Pagan Catholic Architecture

Many Catholic churches are built on ancient pagan sites. Catholic architecture also tends to mimic pagan architecture. Sun domes, obelisks, and even crosses have pagan origins. In pagan cultures, deities were worshiped in grottoes, groves and high places. In Catholicism, Mary veneration is associated with caves, groves, and high places. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Door and that no one comes to the Father but through Him (John 10:7; 14:6). The devil twisted that truth through ancient paganism, which taught that you had to go through door to be saved. Many of these images are featured in Amazing Discoveries' Total Onslaught: The Wine of Babylon lecture. Purchase The Wine of Babylon DVD or view the lecture online.

<p>An ancient pagan place of worship built into the hillside in Syria where the monastery of Saydanaya is located. The pagan worship cave is sealed with the black iron door. Triple arches were common in pagan worship and are also used in Mary veneration. On the top of this hill is a monastery containing a <a title="Syrian Icon, Weeping Statues Gallery" href="../albums.html?action=picture&amp;aid=5423351265370254289&amp;pid=Saydanaya+icon.jpg" target="blank">painting that drips oil</a>. Catholic structures are often built over ancient pagan sites. <br /><br /></p>
An ancient pagan place of worship built into the hillside in Syria where the monastery of Saydanaya is located. The pagan worship cave is sealed with the black iron door. Triple arches were common in pagan worship and are also used in Mary veneration. On the top of this hill is a monastery containing a painting that drips oil. Catholic structures are often built over ancient pagan sites.
<p>Janus, the two-headed pagan god depicted on a Roman Catholic Cathedral in southern Germany. </p>
Janus, the two-headed pagan god depicted on a Roman Catholic Cathedral in southern Germany.
<p>A door handle shaped like a fish, found on a Roman Catholic Church. The <a title="Read our article: Sun Worship" href="../S-deception_end-time_paganism_Catholic_sun-worship" target="blank">pagan deities</a> were worshiped by ancient priests in many forms, one of which was the fish, representing <a title="Priest of Dagon, Papal Vestments Gallery" href="../albums.html?action=picture&amp;aid=5426350051771649217&amp;pid=fish-god2.png" target="blank">Dagon</a>, the fish god. </p>
A door handle shaped like a fish, found on a Roman Catholic Church. The pagan deities were worshiped by ancient priests in many forms, one of which was the fish, representing Dagon, the fish god.
<p>This altar in the basement of the Basilica of San Clemente shows Christianized wording in Latin on one side, with petroglyphs of pagan sun worship on the other side. Both religions worshiped in the same capacity, used the same venues and altars, and eventually fused into one. <br /><br />As James Wharey wrote on page 24 of <a title="Google books: Sketches of Church History" href="http://books.google.ca/books?id=4Bls82iWjV4C" target="blank"><em>Sketches of Church History</em></a> (Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1840), "when Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire, and took the place of paganism, it assumed, in a great degree, the forms and rites of paganism...Christianity as it existed in the dark ages, might be termed, without much impropriety of language, <em>baptized paganism</em>." </p>
This altar in the basement of the Basilica of San Clemente shows Christianized wording in Latin on one side, with petroglyphs of pagan sun worship on the other side. Both religions worshiped in the same capacity, used the same venues and altars, and eventually fused into one. As James Wharey wrote on page 24 of Sketches of Church History (Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1840), "when Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire, and took the place of paganism, it assumed, in a great degree, the forms and rites of paganism...Christianity as it existed in the dark ages, might be termed, without much impropriety of language, baptized paganism."
<p>In the garden of a Roman Catholic Church in southern Germany, a statue of they call "David" carrying the sheep around his neck. Is this really David or a representation of Pan? This figure is holding a pan flute&mdash;an instrument that David never played. <br /><br />Page 37 of Catholic historian Theodore Maynard's <em>The Story of American Catholicism</em> says, "Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism...is ready to accept that accusation&mdash;and even to make it her boast...The great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized." <br /><br />Pan was the god of the groves and the god of fear (from which we get our word "panic"). Pagan gods had a good or evil side. He is worshiped either as a beautiful young man who carries the sheep, or as the one with the goat&rsquo;s feet, depending on which aspect you are looking at. The dark and the light are one and the same. </p>
In the garden of a Roman Catholic Church in southern Germany, a statue of they call "David" carrying the sheep around his neck. Is this really David or a representation of Pan? This figure is holding a pan flute—an instrument that David never played. Page 37 of Catholic historian Theodore Maynard's The Story of American Catholicism says, "Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism...is ready to accept that accusation—and even to make it her boast...The great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized." Pan was the god of the groves and the god of fear (from which we get our word "panic"). Pagan gods had a good or evil side. He is worshiped either as a beautiful young man who carries the sheep, or as the one with the goat’s feet, depending on which aspect you are looking at. The dark and the light are one and the same.
<p>Golden door in the chapel of St. Ignatius in San Francisco showing the peacock, phoenix, dragon-fish, unicorn, pagan mitre and staff, and a P with crossed feathers (a 666 symbol also used in freemasonry). </p>
Golden door in the chapel of St. Ignatius in San Francisco showing the peacock, phoenix, dragon-fish, unicorn, pagan mitre and staff, and a P with crossed feathers (a 666 symbol also used in freemasonry).
<p>Winged lion on a Catholic baptistry. </p>
Winged lion on a Catholic baptistry.
<p>The acronym IHS is not a Christian symbol, but rather a symbol of the Egyptian trinity. </p>
The acronym IHS is not a Christian symbol, but rather a symbol of the Egyptian trinity.
<p>A statue of Mary in a cave with the letters IHS over the archway. The letters IHS stand for Isis, Horus, and Seb&mdash;the ancient pagan trinity. <br /><br />Copyright Amazing Discoveries, Jesuit Cathedral, Czech Republic.</p>
A statue of Mary in a cave with the letters IHS over the archway. The letters IHS stand for Isis, Horus, and Seb—the ancient pagan trinity. Copyright Amazing Discoveries, Jesuit Cathedral, Czech Republic.
<p>Mary in a grove in a Catholic monastery in Germany. Three arches are shown here which is very common in ancient pagan architecture. Arches are seen in the Saydanaya monastery and in the city of <a title="Read our article: Petra and the Bible" href="../S-deception_Petra_Edomites_ruin" target="blank">Petra</a>. </p>
Mary in a grove in a Catholic monastery in Germany. Three arches are shown here which is very common in ancient pagan architecture. Arches are seen in the Saydanaya monastery and in the city of Petra.
<p>"Maria" inscription above a grotto. This is the occult version of Mary. The "M" is the sigma on its side&mdash;a symbol used by the occult world. Freemasonry uses the "M" as one of its chief identifying features. The "A" is above the "M" as a triangle, and the dot of the "i" above the "A"serves as the sun symbol. The remainder of the name, "Ria," is an ancient goddess of the east. </p>
"Maria" inscription above a grotto. This is the occult version of Mary. The "M" is the sigma on its side—a symbol used by the occult world. Freemasonry uses the "M" as one of its chief identifying features. The "A" is above the "M" as a triangle, and the dot of the "i" above the "A"serves as the sun symbol. The remainder of the name, "Ria," is an ancient goddess of the east.
<p>Called the symbol of St. Luke, the bull on the right is actually the symbol of the light-bearer, Lucifer. See also the butterfly on the left, a <a title="Fertility Cult Gallery" href="../albums.html?action=album&amp;aid=5426348742792800129" target="blank">pagan fertility symbol</a>. </p>
Called the symbol of St. Luke, the bull on the right is actually the symbol of the light-bearer, Lucifer. See also the butterfly on the left, a pagan fertility symbol.
<p>In the same Roman Catholic Cathedral as the statue of <a href="../albums.html?action=picture&amp;aid=5428977213518190017&amp;pid=david-pan.png" target="blank">statue of "David"</a>, we see the reverse version of Pan depicted as well. Here we see him with goat's feet along with the dragon bird, which are both symbols of Lucifer. <br /><br />Pagan gods had a good or evil side. You could worship the dark or the light&mdash;they are one and the same. </p>
In the same Roman Catholic Cathedral as the statue of statue of "David", we see the reverse version of Pan depicted as well. Here we see him with goat's feet along with the dragon bird, which are both symbols of Lucifer. Pagan gods had a good or evil side. You could worship the dark or the light—they are one and the same.
<p>You will often find Mary depicted in a cave setting when you visit the gardens of Catholic churches. This is just like the ancient goddess of the grove. Here is a statue of Mary in a grotto in a Catholic monastery in Germany. Arches, grottos, and caves are common in Mary veneration. </p>
You will often find Mary depicted in a cave setting when you visit the gardens of Catholic churches. This is just like the ancient goddess of the grove. Here is a statue of Mary in a grotto in a Catholic monastery in Germany. Arches, grottos, and caves are common in Mary veneration.
<p>On the door of a Roman Catholic Cathedral is a yin yang symbol. </p>
On the door of a Roman Catholic Cathedral is a yin yang symbol.
<p>St. Peter's Square. Note the obelisk and eight-spoked sun wheel forming the shape of the square. </p>
St. Peter's Square. Note the obelisk and eight-spoked sun wheel forming the shape of the square.
<p>Mary statue in a grotto. Note the "Maria" inscription above the archway. The "M" is a masonic symbol. </p>
Mary statue in a grotto. Note the "Maria" inscription above the archway. The "M" is a masonic symbol.
<p>St. Peter's Basilica, topped with a sun dome. Catholic cathedrals are often built on the ancient sites where <a title="Read our article: Paganism and Catholicism" href="../S-deception_end-time_paganism_Catholic_Mithraism" target="blank">pagan</a> deities were worshiped. <br /><br />The construction of Catholic cathedrals also mimics the ancient pagan structures by including features such as the sun dome, triangles, and crosses. The circular pillared structure at the top is called "the seat of the goddess." All the great cathedrals are built just as in the druidic system&mdash;a channel of pillar stones leading to a central circle&mdash;the ancient pagan sexual symbol. </p>
St. Peter's Basilica, topped with a sun dome. Catholic cathedrals are often built on the ancient sites where pagan deities were worshiped. The construction of Catholic cathedrals also mimics the ancient pagan structures by including features such as the sun dome, triangles, and crosses. The circular pillared structure at the top is called "the seat of the goddess." All the great cathedrals are built just as in the druidic system—a channel of pillar stones leading to a central circle—the ancient pagan sexual symbol.
<p>Original triple yin yang symbol with sun blas&eacute; on floor of a Roman Catholic cathedral in London. </p>
Original triple yin yang symbol with sun blasé on floor of a Roman Catholic cathedral in London.
<p>The Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu emerges out of the cave with her face painted white in a Shinto ritual dance. <br /><br />Source: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amaterasu_cave_edit2.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>
The Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu emerges out of the cave with her face painted white in a Shinto ritual dance. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
<p>Monastery of Saydanaya in Syria devoted to Mary. Both Catholics and Muslims worship here. It is built on a hill once devoted to ancient Greek deities. <br /><br />Copyright Amazing Discoveries. <br /><br /><a title="Read our article: Ecumenism across Religions" href="../S-deception-unity_Pope_Vatican_Catholic_Mother-Teresa" target="blank">Read about unity among religions</a>.</p>
Monastery of Saydanaya in Syria devoted to Mary. Both Catholics and Muslims worship here. It is built on a hill once devoted to ancient Greek deities. Copyright Amazing Discoveries. Read about unity among religions.
<p>Original triple yin yang symbol with sun blas&eacute; on ceiling of a Catholic cathedral in Germany. </p>
Original triple yin yang symbol with sun blasé on ceiling of a Catholic cathedral in Germany.
<p>Symbols of the Zodiac are found on the floor of the Vatican. </p>
Symbols of the Zodiac are found on the floor of the Vatican.
<p>The so-called symbol of St. Mark, which is really the Babylonian winged lion facing the symbol of the sun god. </p>
The so-called symbol of St. Mark, which is really the Babylonian winged lion facing the symbol of the sun god.
<p>Symbols of the Zodiac are found on the floor of the Vatican. This originates from the culture of the Chaldeans. </p>
Symbols of the Zodiac are found on the floor of the Vatican. This originates from the culture of the Chaldeans.
<p>St. Peter's Basilica. Note the pagan symbols all around the room. </p>
St. Peter's Basilica. Note the pagan symbols all around the room.