In Australia and New Zealand the weather was far too lovely to stay inside, but just occasionally we decided to go indoors to have a look at some historical buildings. In Melbourne we visited the Block Arcade and the Royal Arcade. Here are some of my pictures;
Despite their generally negative depiction in the Bible and Qur’an, the giants Gog and Magog are guardians of the City of London. The Lord Mayor’s account of Gog and Magog says that the Roman Emperor Diocletian had thirty-three wicked daughters.
He found thirty-three husbands for them to curb their wicked ways; they chafed at this, and under the leadership of the eldest sister, Alba, they murdered their husbands. For this crime they were set adrift at sea; they washed ashore on a windswept island, which they named “Albion”—after Alba. Here they coupled with demons and gave birth to a race of giants, whose descendants included Gog and Magog. Albion is the oldest known name of Great Britain, but this doesn’t explain why Gog and Magog are in the Royal Arcade in Melbourne!
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