This is San Juan de Los Reyes, a monastery in Toledo. On one wall hangs shackles and chains, a monument erected to symbolize the freeing of Christians during the battles of Malaga and Almeria against the Moors. During this same period, the Spanish monarchy was instigating the Spanish Inquisition. The irony is as real as the cold, hard bolts that secure them to the wall.
I don’t like to judge persons with the advantage of hindsight, but it seems that perhaps humanity should take more time to introspect. It isn’t wrong to celebrate the hand that brings freedom, but perhaps we should take care to make sure we aren’t overlooking great injustice in the other hand.
“With a grace that takes the place of chains”
– Disciple, Beautiful Scars