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April 25th, 2019 23:35
Boyo To have a good looking church is one thing. But it's far more important to have a good preacher.

Because some preachers ain't shit. Some preachers sure need to quit!
April 25th, 2019 21:49
Morierinho I don't know what it is, my gut reaction when it comes to Orthodox cathedrals and monuments is often "kitch", especially when you see those glossy web-photos. Maybe it's the fact that especially the Soviet era revelled in kitch generally. I'm reminded of that Potemkin city facade that some crazy mayor in Caucasus or Central Asia had put up recently. It's only a gut reaction of cause, though I suppose much of the Neo-Byzantine stuff does actually balance on the edge of kitch (just as the Wilhelmine Berliner Dom), though there are undoubtedly many masterworks as well. I did visit St Petersburg around 2001... a lot of the monuments were still in shambles, especially religious ones of course. Would be interesting to go back today.

I recall back then (as a teenager) being particularly impressed by the Kazan cathedral, one I'm perhaps more on-the-fence about today.



St. Isaacs and the Spilled Blood church look awesome though.
April 25th, 2019 21:29
Morierinho
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You're thinking of bjk, yen is close though.
Lol! I remember now, sort of. That was a while back. People used to tease bjk that he was starving because there had been a Cercassian Holodomor or something.
April 25th, 2019 17:52
Dmitriy
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So you're related to @yeniceri
You're thinking of bjk, yen is close though.
April 25th, 2019 17:43
mali i visited this one. huge !
cathédrale palma de mallorcas.

April 25th, 2019 13:36
Andy Christ some I've been to:

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St Peterburg



St Isaac's, St Peterburg



inside



Canterbury Cathedral



inside



Schloss Kirche, Wittenberg (Martin Luther's church)



Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (this holiest of the holy locations kinda looks like nothing from outside)




inside

April 25th, 2019 03:20
Morierinho Yeah, but Circas/Cherkas...
April 25th, 2019 02:50
yeniceri
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Novocherkassk Cathedral.

So you're related to @yeniceri
I'm a brown muzzy bro. What in the world are you talking about.
April 25th, 2019 01:29
Inácio yes do open that thread
April 25th, 2019 00:59
szövkap
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it's a good spot, because u can visit so many nice places from there..be it coastline, countryside, monuments...and not too far for mealhada for leităo
oh yeah Leităo , but wife‘s vegetarian

been to Tromba Rija though which is worth any detour

reminds me, should open a top 10 restaurants thread
April 25th, 2019 00:58
Morierinho Cathedrals must've been reeeally impressive back in the day, in these rather small provincial towns, complete overkill it would seem.

Similarly, I've been thinking about how far ahead cinema was in the 30s and 40s compared to all other entertainment... Snowhite... King Kong or a technicolor monster like Gone With the Wind. A sports game in a full stadium would compare perhaps, but not much else.
April 25th, 2019 00:36
Inácio
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Tomar, my wife always wants to go back, even when we were in Algarve/Alentejo she asked can‘t we just drive quickly to Tomar for an hour or so

that‘s why I chose Nazaré last year as summer holiday resort lol

it's a good spot, because u can visit so many nice places from there..be it coastline, countryside, monuments...and not too far for mealhada for leităo
April 25th, 2019 00:18
szövkap
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so ashamed yessss Batalha went a few times since kid...always impressed me so much...both in terms of its architecture as also what it represents in terms of our history and national identity Alcobaça is pretty awesome too, went there most recently ..maybe 1 or 2 years ago
Tomar, my wife always wants to go back, even when we were in Algarve/Alentejo she asked can‘t we just drive quickly to Tomar for an hour or so

that‘s why I chose Nazaré last year as summer holiday resort lol
April 25th, 2019 00:17
Árpád_ Not that into churches / cathedrals but these are some interesting ones:

I do like a good Viking wood church


I also like fortified churches in Transylvania such as this one near Sibiu


Or this one in Biertan, not far from where Dracula was born


Matthias Church in Budapest can look really astonishing in the right light


Then there's this one I've seen in Markham Ontario, just in the middle of a sleepy Asian neighbourhood is this giant Ukrainian church...the contrast is very interesting.


Similarly the contrast of relatively small and cute buildings in Strasbourg France with the gigantic nearly monstrous presence of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg is hard to fathom and even harder to capture on camera. It's shocking how well hidden it is until you turn that final corner and then there it is, massive and imposing...tearing down your reality until you realize what you're actually looking at.



This picture somewhat captures what I'm trying to get at
April 25th, 2019 00:11
Inácio
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shame on you . I was 3 times now and counting. such a magic place. and Batalha and Alcobaça are not far either

so ashamed yessss Batalha went a few times since kid...always impressed me so much...both in terms of its architecture as also what it represents in terms of our history and national identity Alcobaça is pretty awesome too, went there most recently ..maybe 1 or 2 years ago
April 24th, 2019 23:10
szövkap (if my parents weren’t non-theists) I would have been baptized in one of these two



April 24th, 2019 22:17
Morierinho World history going on in XT.. can't close it now.
April 24th, 2019 22:12
Morierinho I just noticed the poster to the far right in the picture I posted, which is from around 1893. It says "Elektrisk udstilling", meaning electrical exhibition or exhibition of electricity. Google says the first power station in the nearby city of Odense had opened in 1892.
April 24th, 2019 22:03
TTM
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Nice suit!
The baptismal was probably right where the photographer was standing .

Interesting fact, Robert Kennedy was killed a couple of days after this picture was taken. I remember when he was in his motorcade driving to the church as passed through our neighborhood. I saw people running through the streets towards the far corner...which was maybe 100 meters or so so I ran along with them thinking there was a fight . I saw tons of folks lining the street so I just stood there with them. Then I see a bunch of motorcycle cops and then an open air Limo and there is Bobby Kennedy waving to the crowd. Little did he know that he was enjoying his last few hours of life
April 24th, 2019 21:59
TTM ^^^I want to go to church with Toni
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