Archive for the ‘architecture’ Category

Pure Ugliness

June 11, 2012

Hello again! It’s been a while hasn’t it?

You’ve got to see what the Diocese of St. Petersburg FL has in store for its new cathedral. A complete joke, really really ugly. You can follow the link and view it in hi res but if you have a delicate stomach, you’ve been warned.

UPDATE: You can view the construction process live from this web feed. Pray a rosary for the diocese while you do.

UPDATE: The Flickr image was reposted because of some HILARIOUS comments that were being made about the design. Feel free to go to the updated link and let your inner (charitable) “troll” loose.

POLL (Even though I dont think people read this blog at all anymore):

Domini Cani Conditum MMVII, Vivet Iam Et Permanet!

History in the Making

May 5, 2011

His feast will be October 22!

The Glory of the Churrigueresque

April 13, 2010

Massive-scale, incredibly detailed highly decorative and ornate sculpture marks the height of Spanish Baroque architectural style, which reached its height in Mexico at the 1778 completion of the church of La Enseñanza, Mexico D.F.

Thanks to Cesar S. for the photos. Keep submitting, folks!

Basilica of Saint-Sernin

March 22, 2010

A collage of Romanesque and Renaissance features.

For instance: the first three tiers of the tower are 12th century, the next two are 14th, and the spire is 15th:

Matthias Church, Budapest

March 11, 2010

Constructed first in the Romanesque style in the 11th century, then reconstructed in High Gothic style in the later 14th century. There were also some 19th century additions such as this window.

Ut Unum Sint

February 20, 2010

“That they all may be one, as you, Father, in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you have given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one. I in them, and you in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them, as you have also loved me.”

Let us all continue to pray for Christian unity, as it is clearly one of the most important efforts of our great Pontiff and his predecessor.

The dome of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Clearwater FL. Christos O Pantokrator, Christ the All-Powerful:

Go Into the Whole World: Antarctica

February 4, 2010

The permanent ice chapel at Belgrano II base, 77° 52′ 0″ S, 34° 37′ 0″ W, Antarctica.

There were not very many choices.

La Salute, Venice:

January 27, 2010

The magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute! Construction began in the 1630s when Venice was suffering an incurable plague. The republic would dedicate the new church to Mary for her protection, as she was always the great patroness of Venice. While its exterior is clearly Baroque, the Byzantine interior reflects the 17th century’s “image” of Venice as a place for the exotic.

The Cathedra

January 23, 2010

In the Ancient world, the traditional posture of teaching was to sit, while the traditional posture of learning was to stand. Yet in academics today, we see the posture has been reversed, as has much of Western tradition as a whole. Modernity despises tradition, and posture means something. At every sacred and meaningful event in life, posture is important. A man bends on one knee in supplication to his future wife at the proposal, a congregation stands at the reading of the Gospel and kneels at the Consecration, we hold our hands over our hearts at the sound of a national anthem. It is interesting to note how many traditional postures have remained more or less unaffected, but the teacher-student posture has been reversed. Is this a sign of the pride of Modernity, hubris, or arrogance?

The Greek Παιδαγωγος teaches a youth:

Early depiction of Christus Magister:

Yet this ancient image of the sitting teacher remains intact in the symbology of Church architecture. As Christ is our teacher and master, and the bishop is possessed of the fullness of Christ’s ministry, the bishop ought also to be our teacher. This is why every cathedral has a cathedra (Lat. “chair”) from which he teaches with the authority and wisdom of the Church.

In Haiti, Before and After:

January 16, 2010

In Haiti the suffering already present was made even more prevalent after this great disaster. The Archbishop of Port-Au-Prince is dead, seminarians and priests are among the victims and the dead. Let us pray for the people of the island of Hispaniola.