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Thursday, April 29, 2010


- Borgund stave church, Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway

Liam's post about Stave churches made me want to look up other interesting churches. Here are a few .....

- (Facing entrance from altar) The Thorncrown Chapel is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, United States. It was designed by architect E. Fay Jones and constructed in 1980 .... The design closely resembles the Prairie School architecture popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright, of whom Jones was once an apprentice.

- Las Lajas Sanctuary (in Spanish Santuario de Las Lajas) is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of NariƱo, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. The cathedral is of Gothic revival architecture and was built from January 1, 1916 to August 20, 1949..

- Paoay Church (also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay) is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. During the Philippine Revolution in 1898, its coral stone bell tower was used by the Katipuneros as an observation post. Paoay Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It currently is a property of the Diocese of Laoag, Ilocos Norte.


Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Breathtaking! Thank you.

10:50 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Denny :)

2:09 AM  
Blogger Cura Animarum said...

It's amazing and wonderful to me how much beautiful variety there is in the spaces we gather to break bread. I'm love to attend that one in worshiping in a greenhouse!

6:53 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Cura,

Yeah, that one is neat. I went to a church once for a wedding in the San Francisco area that was made mostly of glass and you could see the trees and sky. Or at least that's how I remember it - can't remember the name of the church.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

These are beautiful Crystal, thanks for posting them!



2:04 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Henry :)

2:55 PM  
Blogger Liam said...

All of these (and the ones in your next post) are very cool. I really like Las Lajas -- it's like something out of a fantastic tale.

9:21 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Liam,

Yes, I like that one too. Maybe revival architecture is like revival literature - sort of an idealized version of what really was?

10:26 PM  

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