Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Love Old Churches

My parish is your typical late-1960's era suburban parish. The original plans called for what is our church building to be used as a church for a few years, until money could be saved to build a "real" church, at which time the "old church" would become the school cafeteria. About ten years ago we renovated the building and added some stained glass and steeple-like structure. About twenty-five years ago a cafeteria/parish hall was added. I think it is safe to say we aren't planning to build a "real" church. I like my parish but I love old churches. I just got back from a Girl Scout trip to New York City and we visited several old churches and I'd like to share some photos with you.

The first church we visited was Trinity, an Episcopal church not far from the 9/11 site.  To say it was beautiful would be an understatement.  I was surprised at how Catholic it looked; you'll note that my first photo is a statue of the Blessed Mother.

The front of the church, from the back

Close-up of the front window

Close-up of the Altar

A door

The sign
From Trinity, we walked a few blocks to St. Paul's Chapel, where George Washington worshiped.  It was a much plainer church, but lovely in it's own way.  It contained a lot of 9/11 memorabilia.

9/11 Memorial

From the very old graveyard
   The final church I saw in this area was Catholic.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the inside, only the outside, from a bus.

More church pictures tomorrow!


  1. Trinity looks to be a lovely revival church done in the English Gothic Perpendicular style.

  2. I've only been to St. Pat's in NYC, so I appreciate your photos of downtown churches.

    I enjoy taking pictures inside churches as well. Getting enough light is difficult, as it getting the lines lined up straight.


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