Hawkshead

Hawkshead is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, England. The township of Hawkshead was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Hawkshead grew to be an important wool market in medieval times and later as a market town after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1532. It was granted its first market charter by King James I in 1608.

St Michaels and All Angels Parish Church and Cemetery overlooks the town of Hawkshead.

Church Overlooking Hawkshead

St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is a place of worship for The Queen and the Royal Family as well as a church serving the local community. Built by kings, shaped by the history of the Royal Family and still the location for both splendid Royal events.

The construction of the Chapel was begun in 1475 by Edward IV and completed by Henry VIII in 1528. The architecture represents one of the finest examples of ‘Perpendicular Gothic’ style in England.

St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

Inside the Chapel

Duke University Chapel, like many Christian churches and cathedrals, is cruciform, with a nave that measures 291 feet long, 63 feet wide, and 73 feet high. The walls and vaults of the nave and transepts are constructed from Guastavino tile and were sealed in 1976 to increase sound reverberation and enhance the sound of the organ.

Majestic Chapel

Altar at Duke Chapel

Charlotte – A Theater from a Church

The pride of Spirit Square is the 730-seat McGlohon Theater, named in honor of the late legendary jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte. With beautiful stained glass windows and a cupola, this space served as the First Baptist Church sanctuary for many years. The theater has been carefully restored to preserve and enhance its unique architectural details.

Charlotte – Inside McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

New Bern – Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church and Parish House is a historic Episcopal church located  in New Bern, North Carolina. It was built in 1871, incorporating the brick shell of the previous church built in 1824. It is a brick church building in a restrained Gothic Revival style.

New Bern – Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church Stained Glass Window Reflections

New Bern – Centenary United Methodist Church Stained Glass Window

Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern, North Carolina has numerous colored glass and stained glass windows. In addition to the original glass which lines its library, sanctuary and chapel walls, newer stained glass panels are mounted in the narthex doors, showing a history of Centenary Church.

New Bern – Centenary United Methodist Church Stained Glass Window

New Bern – Centenary United Methodist Church

Centenary Methodist Church is a historic church located in New Bern, North Carolina. It was built in 1904-1905, and is an irregularly shaped, brick multiple-use church complex. The front facade includes an entrance five-bay arcade beneath a low conical roof flanked by square corner towers of unequal height.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972

New Bern – Centenary United Methodist Church

A Chapel in Yosemite

Of the structures in public use in Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Valley Chapel is now the oldest. This little New England style church was built under the sponsorship of the California State Sunday School Association, partly by subscriptions from the children, but mainly from the voluntary contributions of prominent members of the Association.

Although the Chapel continues today primarily as a house of worship, over the years it has become a popular wedding destination due to the spectacular setting and the quaint beauty of the building. The first Chapel wedding took place on October 24, 1884.

A Chapel in Yosemite

Iglesia de San Jose

The massive Golden Altar of Iglesia San Jose is remarkable. The towering structure isn’t actually solid gold–it’s carved mahogany that has been covered in gold leaf (and paint). but looks opulent

Perhaps the most remarkable is the story about why it’s still around to see. It survived the pirate Henry Morgan’s looting of Panama Viejo in 1671. Legend has it that a priest disguised it by painting it black and then convinced Morgan that it had already been stolen. After Panama Viejo was abandoned in the wake of Morgan’s raid, the altar was later moved to its present location in Iglesia San Jose, one of Casco Viejo’s many churches.

Iglesia de San Jose

Iglesia de San Jose