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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Where in the World?

This photo has been making the rounds of Masonic media for a couple of weeks, but no one seems to know where it is. It certainly has the look of a tiny lodge. 

If I am reading it correctly, the abbreviation stands for 'Alla Gloria del Grande Architetto dell'Universo,' Italian for 'To the Glory of the Grand Architect of the Universe.' I believe that at least the Grand Orient of Italy commonly uses the abbreviation. On the other hand, I can barely make out the words "Maconerie Gloria Ancien" which would be French. Feel free to disabuse me of any misconceptions. In any case, I'd love to see the interior.

Any informed guesses as to where this is? The front yard certainly looks like it could be Venice...

UPDATE: 11/20/2018 1:50AM

Brother Jose Ruah wins the Internet.

He sent a blog entry that identifies this interesting little lodge in the Grand Orient of the West Amazon of Brazil (Glória do Ocidente do Brasil No Amazonas). Here's an older picture with different signage, and an interior photo of the East.

According to the blog, the water flooded in about 2013, and it received a different exterior treatment then. Here's a clearer photo of its most recent entry which renders the words easier to read.  It's not Italian or French. It's Portuguese.

Watch out about stepping off that porch with one regular step...

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