Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Church Architecture In Day And Night

I have several churches for today. This is the Catholic parish Sagrada Familia, over in Old Ottawa East, near the Rideau Canal. A sculpture of the Virgin Mary is near the front steps, behind glass. A date inscribed near the front door indicates that the building dates to 1958.

One evening I was passing by the Garden of the Provinces and Territories. Two churches are found here and were lit up. Christ Church Cathedral, an Anglican church, is this one.

Its neighbour is St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

The sanctuary, which I've featured before in Doors Open visits, includes beautiful stained glass windows. This one, lit from within, hangs over the altar.

I finish with these three churches in Chinatown, taken one afternoon in September. The Chinese Christian Church of Ottawa is this one, occupying a building north of Somerset Street, the main route through the neighbourhood.

St. Luke's Anglican Church is on the south side of Somerset, a short walk away. 

This view from the east side shows more of the church. In the background, the bell tower at Dominican University College is visible.

And on the north side of Somerset, across from St. Luke's, is Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church.


  1. I do love seeing the varying styles of churches, I very much like the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Peter's Lutheran you pictured.

  2. Interesting to see the different buildings used as churches.

  3. I like the Chinese and the Orthodox the best, at least they look different ! I always think that the catholic churches or cathedrals look all the same, too much wealth and too many poor people, the protestant churches are simpler. Anyway now when I am asked to pay for an entrance into a catholic church only to see the same statues etc maybe from different artists, I refuse, I don't go into a church you have to pay for. Tha Vatican is rich enough to take care of its churches !

  4. ...Christ The Savior Orthodox Church is a style that I rarely see here.

  5. Lots of churches. I love the ornateness of orthodox churches. The outside of this one is so SQUARE!


  6. great night shots, enjoy the glow. ( ;

  7. @Jenn: I particularly like that pair by night.

    @Lady Fi: they are!

    @Nancy: there's quite a mix in styles.

    @Gattina: I'm inclined to agree.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Tom: it's unique here too.

    @Janis: it's quite a sight inside.

    @Beth: thanks!

  8. Although the Catholic parish Sagrada Familia dates from an excellent year, I prefer your night shots in this post.

  9. Very nice. Thank you for sharing it with me. :-)

  10. I like to visit churches wherever I go.
    When we used to go to the Mont-Sainte Anne ski resort we always visited the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. The most beautiful and impressive church I have ever seen in Canada so far.

  11. The night shots are very lovely, William!

  12. The Orthodox church is beautiful!

  13. So beautiful, even the Chinese church in the plain building...especially that one! :)

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  14. Interesting theme here today.

  15. @Bergson: thanks!

    @Jan: these two churches look quite dramatic by night.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Catarina: I've been to that one once.

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Sandi: I had a look at the church website, but couldn't find anything on the history of it.

    @Red: I like church architecture.

  16. I love the look of the Orthodox church. It has an exotic look.

  17. Very pretty, especially the night shots.

  18. Schöne Nachtaufnahmen von der Kirche das Buntglasfenster ist klasse.

  19. Lovely church architecture of all sorts and great day/night photos ^_^

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  20. Interesting to compare the different styles!

  21. A wonderful series of churches. A lot of different architecture to see and appreciate. Nice night shots, William.

  22. Love the photos of the churches at night!

  23. Nice selection of the different church styles.

  24. @Sharon: it does!

    @Lois: I think so.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Carol: we have a lot of different types of church architecture here.

    @Sallie: I agree.

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Marie: I do too.

    @Happyone: thank you.

  25. You've got some great pictures here William, it's nice to see the varied styles of these churches.

    All the best Jan

  26. Nice night and day views and a pretty grotto for blessed Mother mary.

    1. Delightful congregation of different flavors!

  27. The bell tower for Dominican University College looks as if it's actually part of St. Luke's. I wonder if they were once part of the same complex.

  28. I always love your church photos.

  29. These night shots are spooky. I like them very much.

  30. @Jan: that it is.

    @Pat: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Kay: no, there's too much distance between them.

    @Norma: I love photographing them.

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Klara: so do I.