The Church of St. Bartholomew is an Anglican church in the New Edinburgh area. I have photographed it from the outside before, but never inside. I got a chance during Doors Open when I came by. Founded at the dawn of Confederation with the church itself erected by 1868, St. Bart's has a long association with Rideau Hall, which lies across the street. As the first Governor Generals were all British, all Church of England, this church made a fitting place of worship for those dignitaries during their tenure. It has retained that tie to the Governor General over time, also serving as a place of worship when members of the Royal Family are here, and as the regimental chapel for the Governor General's Foot Guards.
Coming inside, there were banners about the community history. Small stained glass windows also caught my eye.
A plaque of congregation members who served in the First World War is present inside. There are other plaques adorning the walls of the sanctuary, as well as crests of the governor-generals down through time, lining the ceiling. Stained glass windows pay tribute to parishioners.
Here we have a view looking towards the front of the church.
While here we look towards the back of the church, with the organ. An organist was busy playing while I was in here chatting with various people- among the melodies being played was a selection from Elgar's Enigma Variations. Hearing it reminded me of the fact that the film composer Hans Zimmer incorporated that particular melody into his score for the film Dunkirk last year.
The pulpit area features a formidable looking lectern. It is a memorial to three of the parishioners who died in the Boer War.
The stained glass window here is a marvel to see. I have more from here in tomorrow's post, which will close out the Doors Open series.