Sunday, December 28, 2008
This is the Anglican cathedral in Rangoon designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm. Seemingly transplanted from England - but note the adaptation to the tropics in the porte-cochere at the base of the tower to shelter worshippers from the rain.
Although the foundation stone had been laid in 1886 by the then Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin, due to a shortage of funds it took 9 years to complete the church vestibule. The spire was added in 1913 and the bell tower installed in the following year.
During the Japanese Occupation of Rangoon, the cathedral was used as a brewery! After liberation, the chapel was dedicated to the British/Indian 14th and 12th Armies who fought in the Burma Campaign
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I had to add this picture to the blog. It shows what must be a recent embellishment to some part of this C12 cathedral, and is a continuation of an ancient tradition. I assume this chappie is some cathedral official architect or bishop. Does anyone know more?
Originally uploaded by nicnac1000
Originally uploaded by nicnac1000
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The stone differs but the design if not identical is pretty close to be copies. Does anyone know of any more churches by this architect? And if so do they look any different or was he a one design man (if indeed he designed it and not Mr Bonomi!!)?
This is St Stephen's Church at Willington in Co. Durham. this church is by J.A.Cory, c1857 but has been enlarged a little since.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Andrew Dunn's flickr entry says "Llandecwyn church stands high in the hills above the the River Dwyryd and Penrhyndeudraeth. It has commanding views over the valley and often sees impressive sunsets across Tremadog Bay.
Parts of the church are medieval and in the 19th century it was a Wesleyan chapel serving the local community. These days Llandecwyn itself is little more than a cluster of houses, a hamlet in the hills, and the church is largely dissused with no regular services."
Here is another picture where the church is incidental, a fact which it now seems to actually be!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The small city is also a delight.
I combined Dol with a trip to Mont St Michel.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
What a stunning tower and an excellent photo.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
This view looks into the older nave and aisles (1866, rebuilt on a grander scale after a fire in 1912) from the choir which was completed in 1966. The cathedral is said to have been modelled on Exeter cathedral in Devon, SW England.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It seems this large church of St Stephen is not on the hit-list, so this astonishing interior will remain.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
The cornerstone was laid on 16 December 1864, but financial problems in the fledgling city saw its completion delayed between 1865 and 1873. The nave and tower were consecrated by 1881, though the entire building was not finished until 1904.
The cathedral was originally designed by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with the New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort as supervisory architect on the site. Initial plans called for wooden construction, but plans were changed with the discovery of a source of good quality masonry stone locally. Banks Peninsula totara and matai timber was used for the roof supports.
The cathedral spire reaches to 63 metres above Cathedral Square. Public access to the spire provides for a good viewpoint over the centre of the city. The spire has three times been damaged by earthquakes. After the third of these, in 1901, the stone construction was replaced with a more resilient surface of weathered copper sheeting.
The cathedral underwent major renovations during 2006-2007 including the removal and replacement of the original slate roof tiles.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Originally uploaded by Alan Cordova