Monday, January 19, 2009

A Gothic cathedral in sandstone

My visit to Australia will be ending in a few weeks. I want to share my favorite building in Sydney--St. Mary's Cathedral.
Here she is on a cloudy day, with Archibald Fountain and Hyde Park in the foreground.
And here she is in the warm sun of last Sunday.

The many stained glass windows are glorious.
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Gothic cathedral.
But this new addition has to be the most unusual altar I have ever seen.
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21 comments:

Catherine said...

Thanks, Dina to share this new world with us. Never seen such Altar either !

bennie and patsy said...

That is different, the church is just wonderful.
patsy

richies said...

What a magnificent and ornate building. Whenever i see buildings like this I have to wonder about the cost.

An Arkie's Musings

Louise said...

What a beautiful place. It is wonderful to have you showing us other parts of the world because you are such an excellent tour guide. That IS an unusual altar. And you've seen more altars than a lot of us!

Petrea said...

I think I remember seeing that fountain on Sydney Daily Photo. I'm glad you're enjoying your visit and that you get to stay such a long time!

CathM said...

WOW – What an amazing building! But then I'm a sucker for church buildings and architecture (lol)!

ms426d said...

Amazing shots. It must have been breath taking to enter!

Guy D said...

Wow, what a beautiful Cathedral, your pics are outstanding.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

ewok1993 said...

What a majestic church. Thanks for sharing.

precious said...

Wonderful and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Rural Writer said...

Majestic looking place. I'm sure you're enjoying your visit.

Dr M said...

The altar with the crucified Christ should highlight your March 22, 08 picture of the Stone of Unction at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.....
Thanks for the interesting pic parallel!

Indrani said...

Beautiful building! The last shot held my attention for some time.

Cloudia said...

Tranquil! Aloha

Reader Wil said...

I love cathedrals, because of the work of many years and the love that is put into stone! There is an atmosphere of holiness in those high buildings. Thanks for showing!

Arija said...

it is a lovely cathedral but call it rather gothic revival, there is nothing old enough in Australia to that could be classes as gothic.
If you ever get the chance to visit the great gothic cathedrals of Europe, I think, being as sensitive as you are, you woud be totally over awed. Places like Cologne, Chartres, Notre Dame in Paris, Amiens unfortunately was bombed in the war but has largely been restored and Rouen. There are many more as well as some wonderful ones in England like Ely.
I am getting quite sad at the thought that I won't see any of them again since my travel is restricted to car or train.
Have you been to Melbourne? St.Patrick's is well worth visiting, it has a great rose wheel window.

Hilda said...

I'd love to be able to visit this cathedral — both for the architecture and the music. That last altar is pretty creepy though.

soulbrush said...

we were in oz last december (2007) and i loved sydney. our hotel was right by the circular quay. magic shots. have a wonderful time with your family.

fishing guy said...

Dina: That is a beautiful building, stay safe until all the fighting is over.

spacedlaw said...

Hey, I had missed that post! It is a grand building indeed.

Marites said...

i've been to St. Mary's before with friends and we were desperate to take pictures inside of it. However, we were not allowed to that time. This is a nice surprise! I just love its beauty.