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St. John the Baptist - Laplace, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 30° 04.352 W 090° 29.970
15R E 741030 N 3329458
Quick Description: Statue located at the Eastbank Office of the Courthouse.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 10/29/2009 6:16:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM7J0Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member sfwife
Views: 2

Long Description:
About St. John the Baptist, from the official Catholic Saints online database, located here:

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism "for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand". He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, "It is I who need baptism from You". When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adultrous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ when he designated Him "the Lamb of God," among them Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John's preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.

This statue is placed in St. John the Baptist Parish. Louisiana calls it's counties "parishes". St. John the Baptist parish is a river parish, and is split by the Mississippi river. Laplace is the largest city in the parish as well as the East bank has the larger population, but not the parish seat. Across the river is the parish seat of Edgard, LA. This is where the "county" courthouse is located. Due the the larger population, there are Eastbank Parish offices to take care of governmental buisness.This is the grounds where the statue lives. Statue is namesake for the Parish.
The statue is nice. It stands proudly on government property and has a small seating area and nicely landscaped.
Associated Religion(s): Catholic

Statue Location: East Bank Courthouse office in Laplace

Entrance Fee: free

Artist: Not listed

Website: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Take a picture of the statue. A waymarker and/or GPSr is not required to be in the image but it doesn't hurt.
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