Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Quiet Sanctuary

It was time for a change in the seasonal header image, and so I switched it last evening, selecting a winter shot of Parliament Hill, taken from Major's Hill Park on New Year's Day this year.

Carrying on where I left off, I took another shot of the grand stained glass in the Memorial Chamber. This place feels very much like a sanctuary. It brings out a mix of feelings- beauty, power, and deep sorrow.

Here are more inscriptions on the walls- campaigns and battles for Canadians in the Second World War.

Another case contains a book of remembrance for the Korean War.

An inscription on the nearby wall features both that war and international operations Canadians have been involved in.

The heart of the room is this book of remembrance for the dead of the First World War on top of this elaborately carved centrepiece.

Today I finish with a look up at the exit of the Memorial Chamber. The glass above does not have an exterior view, and so is lit from the other side.


  1. The memorial chamber is magnificent and that's a great photo for your header shot.

  2. Good series. Thanks for the great shots and neat info

  3. The new header makes me turn up the heating!
    Oh, and the last picture is just magical.

  4. Great new header shot. An iconic image for Canadians.

  5. That's a magnificent building and a suitable memorial to those who gave their lives. During WWII my mother lived near to an airfield where Canadian airmen were stationed, she always spoke very warmly of them.

  6. header shot change!! so fun!! great snowy shot. ( ;
    love the glow of the post views ... is that red or pink?

  7. Hello, it is a beautiful building and memorial. Love the new header! Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

  8. Your new header and the last photo are both wonderful.

  9. ...quiet is often hard to these days.

  10. That memorial is very sombre and it should be. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I like the new header.

  11. @Denise: thank you!

    @MB: you're welcome.

    @Iris: I think so too.

    @Joan: I was going back and forth between that one and an ice sculpture.

    @David: it really is.

    @John: a lot of Canadian servicemen spent at least some of their time in Britain during the War.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Beth: a bit between them.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Tom: that is true.

    @Barbara: I agree.

  12. That glass at the end reminds me of blood. The chamber is such a hauntingly quite and reflective place.


  13. Hello William.
    The building and the memorial is very beautiful!
    Like you new header and the last photo!
    Have a lovely day!

  14. Very beautiful place. And I like your new header shot. :-)

  15. The header is wonderful.
    The architecture is amazing.

  16. Can't believe it will take more than ten years for renovations. Many Canadians like myself will not see the completion of these renovations.

  17. What a beautiful building and the memorial is so dignified. Just lovely.

  18. Lovely post and photos of the majestic building and very wintry header

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Awe is what you make me feel. Your header is powerful! I appreciate lingering among strong lasting values with you.

  20. @Janis: I agree.

    @Dimi: thank you.

    @DJan: it was about time, but I'll miss having the topiary at the top.

    @Jennifer: it really is.

    @Red: it's going to take quite awhile.

    @Michelle: it really is a stunner.

    @Sharon: so do I.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

  21. Such beautiful memorials to those who sacrificed themselves for us.

  22. Interesting and new for me. I love the grand stained glass window.

  23. I love your perspective on the last photo.
    Your new header is absolutely beautiful.

  24. Your posts are always so informative and educational. Thank you for taking the time to teach us about your city and its history!

  25. Beautiful place, great photos, I especially loved the latter, it is spectacular.
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  26. Little statues of angels look very pretty.

  27. @RedPat: that is true.

    @Aritha: I do too.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Susie: you're welcome.

    @Maria: thanks!

    @Klara: I think so too.

  28. Love your new header and the whole idea of a memorial chamber.

  29. I do like your new header here.
    Love how you've shot that last photograph.

    All the best Jan

  30. @Kay: definitely.

    @Jeanie: so do I.

    @Kelleyn: I do as well.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Marie: it is.