St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is one of our more prominent churches in the city, directly across the street from the Supreme Court and Parliament Hill's west flank. Prime Ministers, cabinet ministers, members of Parliament, and other high profile citizens have attended here. Crown Princess Juliana and her daughters worshiped here during their time in Ottawa during the Second World War.
It is routinely part of Doors Open, and often has open hours during the week for those passing by. It's filled with stained glass, including this one, a recent window that incorporates birds.
One of the windows inside incorporates the Galahad theme often used in memorial windows, a knight in armour.
This theme of commemoration certainly reflects itself in this plaque commemorating the Second World War, both members who served in various branches of the military, as well as those who died.
The dead of the First World War are also commemorated on a plaque, as well as in this stained glass window flanked by the flags of St. Andrew and of Canada.
The congregation dates back to 1828, and the current church, a Gothic Revival building, was erected in the 1870s.
It is arranged in an unconventional style, a semi-circle around the pulpit area, halfway down the length of the sanctuary, and feels light and airy inside.
I have more from inside St. Andrew's tomorrow.