Still Learning To See

Places of worship

There are many places of worship—for many different religions—that have been in use for hundreds or even thousands of years. Although I don’t consider myself to be actively religious, in the typical sense of the term, I was quite moved by many of our visits to churches and cathedrals on our recent travels to the England and Vienna.

V-197Karlskirche is a stunning example of 18th century baroque architecture. It was far more than I could even begin to comprehend in the hour we had there.

V-184I was delighted to find the bulk of the interior under renovation and filled with scaffolding. Why delighted? Because there was also an elevator and stairs that led to the very top of the dome!

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It is not difficult to see how simply entering a space like this would cause one to be moved!

Church-1-2In East Anglia we visited St Andrew church in the village of Claxton for a Christmas carol sing. While quite humble compared to Karlskirche, it was still moving to realize the community had gathered here in one form or another for centuries.

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Now all of us need to find ways that religions bring us together rather than dividing! How can we have spent centuries in our places of worship and failed to discover how to do that?!

This entry was published on December 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm. It’s filed under John Snell, Photograph and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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