You might recall the picture I posted the Catholic church towers in the snow fall. In that post I mused that I hoped to go inside the Cathedral some day.
Well, last Wednesday turned out to be the day.
I needed to hike up the block on a work related errand, and since I need to get some addtional exercise to clear my mind...I decided to cross the street and pop in on the Cathedral of the Madeleine on my break.
Cheery little gargoyle, huh?
The church has a total of eight of them guarding from the four corners of the two towers.
(I managed to "borrow" this close up image from another blogger who was visiting from Texas...figured she wouldn't mind being neighborly to another ex patriot Texan...)
Doesn't it look cool?
I'd love to know why the two circles are designed to be different.
They must have some special meaning, don't you think?
A woman was kneeling in the aisle. I thought she was having a moment of reverence, but it turned out she was setting up a shot with her camera, and her head was bowed as she figured out her camera settings.
I thought I recognized the art style as coming from that decade. It is so similar to the cover art of books published during that time.
The big window that graces the front of the church as view on the outside seemed rather minor compared to the organ pipes.
I found it very comforting to see the Scriptures written out.
I miss seeing that touch in modern churches.
I sure wish my camera did better with the far away shots...
And that I had taken a picture of the baptistry in the entrance. It was deep enough to submerge an adult...and I had always thought Catholics were only into the sprinkle baptism.
And while I am not Catholic, our shared scriptures and foundational faith was evidenced in the art and beauty of the place.
Well worth the walk, and I'm sure I will drop by to reflect upon the images on occasion there again.
(Probably when I have visiting friends with better camera than I have!)