Friday, May 2, 2014

The Monument And The Heritage Building

The approach to the Human Rights Monument here at Nelson Mandela Square allows for a glimpse of the church beyond it. That's Knox Presbyterian, an old stone church.




From here at the south end of the monument, this is a view of the Heritage Building. It was once a school, but is now part of City Hall, a stark contrast to the modern buildings it's linked to. The Mayor has his offices on the second floor at the far end.


Here we get a frontal view of the Monument and the Heritage Building. I'll go inside for Doors Open.






31 comments:

  1. I love the angles of the photos, William. Wonderful. Interesting, there is also a Knox Presbyterian Church in Montreal, but they changed the name slightly.

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  2. les deux monuments sont magnifiques,je ne connais rien de pareil ici,merci du partage et bon w end avec un peu d avance ! ;o)

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  3. Interesting blend of the old and new. I have to confess I like the older part best.

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  4. must be the kid in me - when i see the monument i think of a transformer ... i guess my mind is oh so creative. ha. ( :

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  5. Open Doors sounds perfect for exploring this place!

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  6. Linda: a lot of presbyterian churches either get named Knox or St. Andrews

    Audrey: merci!

    Elaine: as do I.

    Beth: you wouldn't be the only one!

    EG: it is!

    Jennifer: I certainly do!

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  7. what a great monument and that church is beautiful!

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  8. I don't think I like the monument,I usually like modern,but there's just something utilitarian about this.
    Jane x

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  9. Fascinating. Love the look of the City hall and the monuments look curiously timeless - remind me of ancient civilisations.

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  10. really neat 'gateways' and impressive structures.

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  11. The Heritage Building is gorgeous. I love the older buildings---why do we make things so "modernistic" nowadays? Can't we see real beauty? Can't wait for Open Doors. MB

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  12. @Tanya: thanks!

    @Norma: thank you.

    @Jane and Chris: I tend to prefer the details, but as a whole, the monument itself is a bit too abstract in its design. For others, it works splendidly.

    @Mike: the use of the passageway aspect to the design tends to feel like a throwback to things like Stonehenge.

    @Tex: the gateway makes for good framing in both directions.

    @Mary Beth: it's about a month away... I'm looking forward to that weekend! Stealing Hamilton's going to be going to one this weekend, actually, if you follow that blog.

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  13. That monument is quite impressive.

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  14. This monument develops some simple architectural ideas in a quite complicated and fascinating structure!

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  15. It's quite an unusual monument.

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  16. Very interesting squares above and what a magnificent building below!

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  17. Nice buildings, but for some reason, I hate having old and new intrude on each other. Just as I get in one mood, I have to swing to another!

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  18. I like the way you've shot the monument, it gives a good idea of how big it is and how it is built.

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  19. 3rd shot gets my Top Pick of the Post.

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  20. What an eye catching monument.

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  21. The monument is even more interesting up close than in yesterday's shots, though it and the heritage building seem to have an uneasy marriage of styles.

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  22. @Jackie: thanks!

    @Sharon: we have no shortage of monuments here!

    @VP: it's quite a mix.

    @RedPat: it's unlike most of the others here.

    @Jose: thanks!

    @Cheryl: there are some odd combinations of new and old in this city.

    @Jan: that's what I was going for.

    @Inna: thanks!

    @Whisk: I like how that one frames the War Memorial in the distance.

    @Marleen: I was glad to photograph it in early spring, particularly with the Heritage Building like that.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Kay: it's fortunately easy enough to frame shots of one without the other.

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  23. Great shots! Looks like a beautiful day, too!

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  24. The second photo reminded me of places in Egypt that I have seen, and the third photo looked like some ruins in Greece. Cool.

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  25. Interesting photos! The place looks older than Ottawa!

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  26. Very interesting. Thanks for the info. We will look for it. We are coming to Ottawa this weekend for the tulips! Here the tulips are doing very well because our chilly weather is holding off their burning up, which they do very quickly after a couple hot days. Hoping the ice is at least off the canal! I appreciate your blog very much.

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