Sunday, September 6, 2020

Climbing Inside The Sound

The Rideau Chapel is an architectural marvel, and preserving it in the setting of the National Gallery was the right thing to do.

Traditional statues of church art are in here, angels and saints, an odd contrast with the speakers. Crossing amongst the speakers, one hears a single voice out of the choir distinctly coming from it, with the overall sound of the choir resonating through the rest of the space. As the display panel says, it's like climbing into the music, an invisible sculpture that you can nonetheless feel.

The adornments of the altar are still here.


  1. So Beautiful - I Appreciate The Peaceful Vibe


  2. I love a fan vaulted ceiling, the style of which was first created and built in Gloucestershire, my county, and used in the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral almost 700 years ago in 1351.
    Should you be interested you can see it here:-

  3. @Padre: thanks!

    @Iris: it is!

    @Lady Fi: very much so.

    @Rosemary: I'll look it up.

    @Sami: it is indeed.

    @Francisco: thanks!

  4. ...a feast for the eyes and the ears!

  5. It is the ceiling that is the star there! Gorgeous!

  6. It's amazing how much church art there is.

  7. That must be a wonderful sensory experience.

  8. The Chapel and the interior spaces in the gallery, last post are wonderful William, the Chapel ceiling is stunningly beautiful. The sound system must be quite an experience ✨

  9. How wonderful - both to hear it and see the treasures.

  10. That ceiling. Wow. That chapel-- stunning. This is gorgeous and your photos show it well.

  11. Beautiful photos
    One can wonder looking at the statues, what a statue of ourself would be. I've thought about it, how nice for the kids to have a statue of me in their garden. Of course I don't tell them that.

  12. Bet the acoustics are awesome ~ lovely photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. What an incredible ceiling. Beautiful photos, William.

  14. So very beautiful, and peaceful too. Thank you. :-)

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    @Marie: yes it is.

    @RedPat: very much so.

    @Red: quite true.

    @Sharon: it is.

    @Grace: definitely.

    @Jenny: it is quite something.

    @Jeanie: thank you.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Carol: they are.

    @Bill: thanks!

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Marleen: it is.

  16. The acoustics must be amazing. What a stirring post!