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Finally managed to get into this part of the red zone to get a few shots of the Catholic cathedral. This damage was done mainly in the 6.3 quake on Feb 22nd... more damage has apparently occured in the latest 6.3 as well but this was shot a few days before that happened.

 

The two front towers have collapsed and gone and that front wall on the left is held up by a bit of kiwi inginuity - shipping containers and hay bales.

 

To the right of the shot out of frame there is a carpark full of blocks and stone from the collapsed cathedral each layed out seperately and numbered - there being saved to possibly rebuild in the exact way once the quakes finally stop.... if they ever do... (they are doing the same to the Anglican cathedral in Christchurch's Center

 

The latest Quake has damaged it a lot more and it might now be never rebuilt, on this ground anyway....

 

Just as an interesting fact. The still standing tower at the back had a statue of the virgin mary facing inwards in the front window, during the feb 22nd quake the statue turned an exact 180degrees to face outwards - looking through the window - without falling over or being damaged.

 

The road im standing on - Barbadoes St - has been identified as having a Fault Line directly underneath - previously unknown. There are now 3 Major active faults under Christchurch.....

 

This is a 3 exposure handheld hdr processed in photomatix

 

Cheers for looking, ive got a few more of this from different angles ill post up

 

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The Annaberg

is an inselberg in Upper Silesia, Poland,It is a strategic and cultural location that has been important to both German and Polish nationalists.

It is the location of the Franciscan Monastery of St. Anne, whose chapel is an important destination for Roman Catholic pilgrimage.

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overcrowded here

handheld shot

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Mezquita of Córdoba,

now known as Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (English: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral originally built as a Mosque on the place (and partly with materials) of what previously had been a Christian Visigothic Church in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, Spain. It is regarded as perhaps the most accomplished monument of the Umayyad dynasty of Córdoba. After the Spanish Reconquista, it was turned into a church, with a Gothic cathedral inserted into the center of the large Moorish building. Today the entire building is used to house the Cathedral of the diocese of Córdoba in Spain.

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Handheld,

tripod is not allowed

This is St. Donatus Church. Saint Donatus Catholic Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church that is located in the Jackson County, Iowa community of Saint Donatus, Iowa. The patron of the parish and the town is Saint Donatus of Muenstereifel, whose cultus is popular in Luxembourg and the Rhineland. The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

 

These Luxers will tell you they are a sturdy bunch, with their own Heritage Society and steeped in the roots of their founders who arrived from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg more than 150 years ago. They named the valley, which reminded them of their homeland, St. Donatus for the patron saint of storms. Some statues around town show St. Donatus with a lightning rod in hand.

 

Dubuque is very heavily swayed to the Catholic persuasion.

An astonishing mix of architecture and Christian symbolism forming part of a functional staircase and skylight. Comprising two merging circles, outlining a fish bladder, this is an ancient Christian symbol for Jesus and is repeated elsewhere throughout the building.

Photo taken after Baby Avah's Baptism Oct 12 2008 ..... Bingee's newest Grand Child

Seen in Koroit Victoria

Barcelona, Spain

3xhdr

fisheye

Santimbru, Alba County, Romania

Eger, Hungary

 

Built: 1831-1837

Architect: József Hild

Above Ping’s house is a Catholic church. In the courtyard there is a statue of Our Lady of Poverty and Minority Hill Tribes, or so it appears to me. Catholicism, is alive and well and living in a remote village in Northern Vietnam, a legacy of the French occupation. There are about 6 million Catholics in Vietnam.

 

As we leave Ping’s house, her youngest son has a tantrum, he is four years old. To placate him she gives him some money. “Why does he want money?” I ask. “For candy.” she replies. The “why else?” hangs in the air unspoken.

 

We trundle off to the village of Te Van. It is here where we will catch a jeep or a motorbike back up to Sapa.

 

Ping negotiates a price with the motorbike riders. It is 70,000 dong each. She asks if we will pay for her ride back to Sapa too. Her ride costs 50,000 dong. 190,000 dong is around $10 for the three of us.

 

Stan hasn’t really ridden pillion before. We ask for helmets. Stan’s helmet has a broken clip. He just holds onto it with one hand. We should insist on one that works. Instead, we climb on our respective bikes and head on up the hill. Stan gallantly takes the camera bag which holds both cameras and 5 lenses. My camera bag still holds two bananas and the uneaten coconut bread.

 

I am aware that I am much heavier than the slim young man I am hanging on to. I rest my hands on his hips and lean my body close to his, so he knows exactly where my weight is. We negotiate the river crossing and I close my eyes as we ascend the steep dirt road. I don’t open them until we are on the comparative safety of the bitumen. I try and reassure myself that he knows this road like the back of his hand and is used to carrying cargo on the back. My driver accelerates passed Ping, and we have left Stan a long way behind. I worry about his faulty helmet. And I am angry with myself that we didn’t insist on a replacement. I close my eyes again as we overtake a van that is overtaking another van on a blind bend. We are back in the thick of the mountain fog again. Visibility is down to a few metres. The road is wet and in places it has washed away by landslides. I hold on tight as we navigate a couple of creek crossings and try not to bounce off the back of the bike.

 

Back in Sapa, Stan puts a wad of notes into Ping’s hands. “This is for you and your family” he says, looking deeply into her dark eyes. She thanks him quietly and I notice she has the good grace to put the money straight into her bag without looking at it or counting it. I marvel at her maturity, serenity and strength. She is a remarkable young woman. We embrace, say our farewells and Ping disappears off into the mist. I wonder if I will ever see her again. It is New Year’s Day.

 

The story continues here:

The Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus is the only Roman Catholic church in the city of Podgorica, Montenegro. It was built in 1969, replacing the city centre church which was destroyed during the bombing of Podgorica in World War II. The church is a unique example of brutalist architecture, and is located in Konik neighborhood.

The side walls of the chapel, from floor to ceiling, are panels of amber glass which cast soft brown colors across the chapel. Between the amber glass panels are strip windows of multi-colored cast glass set in pre-cast reinforced concrete.

 

Along the side walls are the 14 stations of the cross, carved from four-inch thick slabs of marble. The recessed backgrounds in the sculptures are multi-colored tessera.

Cathédrale catholique de Santorin, perdue au milieu des 250 églises orthodoxes de l'île ...

The new catholic church at Jesseheim

Catholic Cross

The Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 4440 Russell Street (at East Canfield Street) in Detroit, Michigan, in the Forest Park neighborhood on the city's central East side. The Gothic Revival cathedral styled church is the largest of the Roman Catholic churches in the City of Detroit.[3] It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1974[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1] St. Albertus Roman Catholic Church is 4/10 mile east at the corner of East Canfield Street and Saint Aubin Street. St. Josaphat's Roman Catholic Church

Nikon FE, Kodak colorplus200 by colourful life

 

配上藍天白雲真的很有fu ~~

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)

Aperture: f/13.0

Focal Length: 16 mm

ISO Speed: 200

Exposure Bias: +0.7 EV

Flash: Off, Did not fire

 

Catholic Church

The beautiful Catholic Cathedral Shrewsbury taken just before Advent Carols. With the spot lights off the suspended Crucifix makes it looks more powerful in silhouette.

 

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Ivory Santo from the Philippines

St. Antonius Pfarrkirche (Gronau) #photography #architecturephotography #500pxrtg #church #Catholic #gronau

Inside the Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Lord give me grace, and dancing feet

And the power to impress

Lord give me grace, and dancing feet

Let me outshine the moon

~ The Bloc Party's The Prayer

 

For Filipina Flickrites: In the Philippines, especially in Luzon and Visayas, almost everyone are either Christians or Catholics. It's the only Asian country to be predominantly Christian anyway.

 

I graduated both my highschool and gradeschool in different all girls Catholic schools and they had the most absurd rules like, don't wear make up or don't dye your hair, or your skirt must be exactly 2 inches below the knee. It was crazy.

 

Explored March 16, 2009: I am in complete disbelief. Thanks to everyone for liking this photo! <3

holy rosary cathedral, the first catholic church in taiwan

カトリック神田教会

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