Thursday, June 20, 2019

Christ Church

Christ Church Cathedral is the most prominent Anglican church in Ottawa. With its roots stretching back to 1828, the church is nearly as old as the city itself. The present building, in the English Gothic style, was built in 1872-73. It was designated as the seat for the diocese and given cathedral status in the 1890s.

Out front is a life sized sculpture by the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, who has a number of homeless Jesus sculptures like this, as well as another that I'll show you at the next location, around the world.

From here I went inside.

Here we have a view down the main aisle of the sanctuary.

Stained glass windows are to be found throughout.

I decided to photograph the ceiling. This would have done quite nicely for the Brown theme day later in the year.

Many of the stained glass windows along the sides of the sanctuary are memorial windows.

This one stands over the loft at the back of the sanctuary. I`ve been close to it, but not this time.

More of the windows. I`ll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. William - the homeless Jesus sculpture is very moving. This is new to me and I like it very much, if that is an appropriate way to describe it. I am currently doing some volunteer work with a home for unaccompanied homeless high school students, so this really resonates with me. I hope you are enjoying your June!

  2. The sculpture sure made me a tad sad as we have real people here like that. Don´t they feel offended, I wonder...
    Nice shot of the ceiling.

  3. Sope very nice stained glass to see there William

  4. Interesting how the architect has given a few subtle tweaks to the Gothic style while still remaining faithful to the overall feel of an old English church.

  5. I think you have shown this sculpture of Jesus before, but I really like it.

  6. Very nice church, and the sculpture by Timothy Schmalz is very impressive ...
    Beautiful stained glass windows! Your photos are amazing!

  7. ...the first Timothy Schmalz homeless Jesus sculpture that I saw was in Buffalo, NY. What a powerful image!

  8. gorgeous architecture ... love the stain glass. lovely. ( ;

  9. Amazing , breathtakingly beautiful, the sculpture is just wonderful!

  10. Muito bonita a escultura que está no exterior da Igreja, aproveito para desejar um bom Feriado.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

  11. The cathedral is magnificent William, the sculpture a sad sign of the times ✨

  12. Hello, beautiful church, I love the stained glass and the sculpture. Wishing you a happy day!

  13. The stained glass windows were beautiful to see and inspiring as well.

  14. @Angie: thank you.

    @Iris: I think it's made to make us think.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @John: very much so.

    @Italiafinlandia: I agree.

    @Jan: yes, I've shown it.

    @Ella: thank you.

    @Tom: indeed.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Laurie: I agree.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Grace: that's true.

    @Eileen: I do as well.

    @Beatrice: definitely.

  15. I have never seen a homeless Jesus sculpture. Very impressive...

  16. A beautiful church. I love that sculpture.

  17. I haven't seen a sculpture like that either.

  18. A fantastic building. I like the stained glass.

  19. It has a lovely bright interior!

  20. Love looking at the stained glass. Tweeted.

  21. @Catarina: I certainly thought so.

    @Sharon: it's well done.

    @Marleen: they are here and there.

    @Red: so do I.

    @RedPat: that it does.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Marie: I think so too.

  22. That sculpture is amazing.
    These stained glass windows are simply incredible, I did enjoy your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  23. The stained glass is absolutely beautiful. The sculpture is a powerful statement.
    Great photos, William.

  24. Just wonderful stained glass, William. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. And yes, that homeless Jesus sculpture is powerful.

  25. Lovely series of photos and interesting history.

  26. It's a beautiful church any way you look at it but the ceiling is amazing.

  27. I am wondering about the name Christ Church, Christchurch...did the Anglicans name the city in New Zealand or maybe this is just a common term? I suppose I could google....but, well, this is better. :)

  28. The Homeless Jesus statue is wonderful. Every city should have one to remind us of those who have little.

  29. Fascinating church photos and favorite is the Homeless Jesus sculpture ~

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

  30. @Jan: thank you.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Happyone: indeed.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

  31. @Magiceye: thanks.

    @Kay: it was well built.

    @Sandi: I imagine it's fairly common in Anglican churches.

    @Jeanie: that's quite true.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Klara: indeed.