How the Catholic Church and Churches turned museums fleece the Tourists…

I was going to publish this 2 days ago but a little matter sorting the trip to Machu Picchu and getting side tracked in the Pisco Museum and the follow on tasting well things went hazy after that….

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I have been travelling with my wife abroad since 1995 and we have seen numerous cathedrals, Basilicas and Churches… now my main interest has always been the architecture and how it changed from the 16th, 17th and 18 centuries. Aside from the spectacular paintings and works that some of these buildings hold.

Now in recent years the Church in some countries has started charging an entry fee for the future preservation of the building. Prices (in USD) vary from $2.50 up to $9.25.  Now personally I have no problem in paying and if it’s worth the visit.

The other issue are the churches no longer in use which have been turned into in many cases ecclesiastical museums or a mix and mash of things and there is no order. I have made a point not to go into those as is really becoming a waste of money.

What has irk me recently is the fact in the last 2 years for some unknown reason certain institutions have prohibited the use of photography ( I don’t meant just the use of flash which I perfectly understand and agree) but the total use of Cameras. I have not found a reasonable explanation or sound argument for this. So people are paying money but are not allowed to take shots but at the same time trying to sell you books and postcards of your visit.

There is no clear policy within the Catholic Church and there are some beautiful cathedrals that we have visited in the last 14 weeks and able to take pictures and entered for free.

Further if the money is for restoration from Tourists, why is the church in Latin America asking money from the local central government and from European governments, this is double dipping and taking taxpayers and tourists money.

My chosen picture for today are pictures taken inside two churches where it was prohibited.

 

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