Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Scottish Church

Every once in awhile I like to pay a visit to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, which has a prime location in the city- it's right across the street from the Supreme Court. The church is the oldest Presbyterian church in the city, with its origins dating back to 1828, initially for the Scottish and Irish workers who were working on building the Rideau Canal at the time. The current structure dates back to 1872.

42 comments:

  1. Love the stained glass and your last photo is great!

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  2. Love the stained glass. And that organ is very ornate!

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  3. Youe churches have so many beautiful stained glasses, William !

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  4. Stnning interior features in this lovely church. And love the exterior design too.

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  5. So much stained glass again in every church. They must be rich to effort it.

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  6. Oo! What a wonderful pipe chamber.

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  7. Cute little church, looking a bit lost next to the modern giant.

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  8. What a contrast to see the church and the impressive surrounding buildings.

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  9. Um bela obra de arte esses vitrais maravilhosos
    Um bom dia para você
    Um abraço

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  10. Pretty church and vaulted ceiling. Also the one in the previous post which looks older on the outside than on the inside, as you said.

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  11. Oh yes, that looks like a kirk!
    Jane x

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  12. You notice how large this building is when you see the person, This is very ornate with lots of colorful stained glass.

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  13. The street forms the separation of church and State, I guess.

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  14. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you.

    @Tomas: it certainly is.

    @Halcyon: that organ really is a marvel. I've been up to that organ loft on one occasion during a Doors Open event.

    @Karl: this one in particular really has exquisite stained glass.

    @Gemma: the design of this one really does suit it well.

    @Marianne: most of the church windows here do go back quite a long way, though one of them in the entrance hall, I recall, is relatively new.

    @Revrunner: the acoustics in here are outstanding.

    @Hilary: I quite agree!

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  15. @Bibi: it's larger than my exterior view suggests!

    @Jan: the back part of the church, beyond the sanctuary wall, is in fact enclosed in the office building. Strangely, it works!

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Pamela: this church has a lot of history. The Dutch royal family worshiped here during the War when Princess Juliana and her daughters lived in Ottawa, and Prime Minister Mackenzie King attended here too.

    @Norma: I do too.

    @Jane and Chris: very much so!

    @MB: I agree!

    @Red: having people in the shot really does reinforce the size.

    @Birdman: in fairness, the church was there long before anyone thought of Parliament!

    @Sharon: I do too. I suspect the wood comes from J.R. Booth's timber stands.

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  16. An impressive series of churches!

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  17. I got married in a Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church William, in Central Africa :) Have enjoyed this ecclesiastical series.

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  18. A beautiful 19th century structure surrounded by modernity.

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  19. What a beautiful church. The stained glass windows look beautiful on the while wall!

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  20. Rge church looks very beautiful also inside.

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  21. I'm always surprised there is no hellfire!

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  22. @VP: thanks! One more to go. I'm looking forward to the reactions on that one.

    @Grace: there are a lot of St. Andrew's. My parents attended a St. Andrew's here in Ontario's cottage country for years.

    @Lowell: quite so!

    @Tamago: they do.

    @Orvokki: I agree!

    @Jennifer: my reputation precedes me!

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  23. I love the interior shot showing the ceiling!

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  24. I think the interior of this one is my favourite, I love the last shot looking up...

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  25. It is an impressive church, love your inside shots too.

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  26. More pretty windows and I'll bet that pipe organ sounds wonderful.

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  27. Lovely photos of a lovely church !

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  28. That last photo of the people walking through the door, really gives one an idea of the size of the church!

    Janis
    GDP

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  29. @RedPat: it is quite a dramatic space inside.

    @Geoff: the sanctuary's unusual- the pulpit area is on the side, to the right of that last shot.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Lois: it does!

    @Country Gal: thanks!

    @Janis: it is a big church!

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  30. Oh, Wow! Beautiful church and beautiful stained glass windows. Thanks.

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  31. What a beautiful piece of architecture.

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  32. I like the way the glass-faced building behind the church has steps to echo the form of the church.

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  33. Gorgeous! The building butting up to it actually works despite its closeness. And the interior is so lovely! That organ and the woodwork is something else again. Pretty spectacular.

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  34. @Mari: you're welcome.

    @Hilary: it is!

    @Jack: I do too.

    @Kay: the architect who worked the concept of the new building incorporating the church did a good job.

    @EG: I certainly think so.

    @Whisk: I agree.

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