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These pictures were taken a few weekends ago at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. My Best Friend is in choir at a nearby university, and one of their concerts was held in this beautiful place.
I’ve not spent much time in Catholic churches, but a friend told me that they typically aren’t this colorful. The ceilings were a beautiful shade of blue, and the wall in the middle was a burnt red. It was really pretty.
The sanctuary was beautiful, but I fell in love with the little courtyard just outside. The weather was perfect, and the shade was just enough to keep the temperatures cool. There was a little waterfall running into the pond, and the sound was very relaxing. You’d never be able to guess the church is smack in the middle of a city of a million or so.
I just love a red door. Don’t you?
20 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot: Chapel”
What a beautiful church! For a moment I thought the ceiling was glass and blue because of the sky.
It’s just painted, but wouldn’t that be a great way to build a church? As little between you and the Creator as possible.
I thought the same thing about the ceiling! It looks like glass in the first shot. That would be amazing (and vaguely reminiscent of Hogwarts). It’s still beautiful as-is. Catholic churches can be quite elaborate–it often depends how old they are. They’ve been building newer ones which are much simpler, which seems like a shame, because I love elaborate older churches.
And yes–red doors are magical! Some day I want one.
Ooh, Hogwarts. I hadn’t thought about that. 🙂 Doubly awesome.
I grew up going to church in plain little clapboard buildings, so Catholic churches are always surprising to me; this one even more so. I appreciate both the plainer and the more elaborate ones, and can see the value in both.
I love houses with red doors. They seem prettier and more magical than houses or places with regular doors. I wonder why that is?
Oh, what beautiful photos. They make me feel very serene….thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.
“Serene” is the perfect word for how it made me feel. Especially little outside area. Thank you for stopping by!
Oooo! So pretty! I love the ceilings! In that first picture it looks like glass.
It didn’t look that way in person, but if I squint my eyes and tilt my head, I see your point — it does look like it’s clear. The ceiling was so beautiful!
Very very pretty. I was raised Catholic and IMO, the old old Catholic churches are simply gorgeous. The modern ones not so much.
So does this one look more modern, or is it in the older style? Forgive my ignorance; I was raised Southern Baptist (sort of) so I’m used to way less fancy decor.
Have you been to Europe and seen some of the ancient/medieval cathedrals? They’re not as brightly colored, but they’re decorated to the nines, it’s eye-popping.
Very pretty. Love the vaulted ceiling. I bet the acoustics are great!
You could hear a pin drop. It was incredible to hear the choir sing.
What a grand place! It is so cool, the perspective in the last shot, of the red door — it looks as though t would be for very short people only. But it is just the angles and the juxtaposition of the bench and stuff…. real neat.
I love red doors. Something about them just makes me happy. 🙂
That ceiling is stunning!
I walked in and my jaw really did drop. The few Catholic churches I’ve been to are not nearly as colorful, so it was a surprise. The ceiling was my favorite part.
What a beautiful chapel! 🙂
I could have stayed in there all day.
That chapel is just lovely! I, too, thought the entire ceiling was glass. Just wonderful!
I didn’t notice that peculiarity until it was pointed out to me. Wouldn’t that be awesome?