Old North Church

The Old North Church is famous for “one if by land, two if by sea.” Here’s a photo of the Paul Revere statue with the steeple of the church in the background:

Paul Revere's statue with the Old North Church in the background.

Paul Revere’s statue with the Old North Church in the background.

Inside, you’ll find a rather austere building as the next photo shows:

Interior of the Old North Church, Boston, MA, USA.

Interior of the Old North Church, Boston, MA, USA.

It’s amazing to think that this building figured prominently in the start of the American Revolution. Here’s another view of the interior:

Another view of the interior of the Old North Church, Boston, MA, USA.

Another view of the interior of the Old North Church, Boston, MA, USA.

If you happen to be in Boston, you definitely want to stop in here for a look around. You’ll be surrounded by history and see one of the places where it all began.

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Most of the cathedrals I’ve seen are hundreds and hundreds of years old. It’s the rare opportunity to see one under construction. However, in Barcelona, Spain, you can see La Sagrada Familia in the works.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

While I’m not a fan of Gaudi, I must admit, this cathedral is spectacular. The detail is as dramatic as the sweeping spires.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Be sure to get your tickets in advance. If not, you’ll wait literally hours to get inside. And it’s worth it! So get those tickets and see this place. Magnificent.

 

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Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia (2014)

As long as we’re on the subject of religious buildings, let’s take a look at the Church of the Vera Cruz in Segovia, Spain.

Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

The building was dedicated in 1208, more than 800 years ago. Inside, you’ll find an elevated chamber within the main structure.

Inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

A staircase leads up to this inner sanctum.

Staircase inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Staircase inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

There’s an altar within that chamber that you see in the next photo:

Altar inside the inner chamber at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Altar inside the inner chamber at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

From up there you have a view down to the side chapels, such as this one:

View to one of the chapels in the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

View to one of the chapels in the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

You’ll also find this reliquary in a separate place:

Reliquary at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Reliquary at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

The exterior also bears a number of carved columns that are worth investigating.

Exterior carvings at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Exterior carvings at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

This is the third time I’ve visited this building. However, it was only the first time that I was able to go inside. Be sure to check the hours of operation prior to arrival.

Salamanca’s Cathedral

Salamanca, Spain, is blessed with a number of remarkable buildings, including the Catedral Nueva which is actually built adjacent to the older one.

Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain.

Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain.

Even my widest angle lens had trouble capturing the entire exterior in a single frame. Inside, the sweeping columns rise to amazing heights.

Inside Salamanca's Catedral Nueva.

Inside Salamanca’s Catedral Nueva.

Quite a large amount of light falls into this building, compared to the Romanesque style cathedrals you’ll find in other cities. Heading to the “old” cathedral through a door, you’ll find a number of paintings such as these:

Interior paintings, Salamanca's "Old" Cathedral.

Interior paintings, Salamanca’s “Old” Cathedral.

As well as some interesting tombs:

Tomb and wall paintings at Salamanca's Cathedral.

Tomb and wall paintings at Salamanca’s Cathedral.

Back inside the “new” cathedral, you’ll find this pipe organ.

Detail from inside Salamanca's Catedral Nueva.

Detail from inside Salamanca’s Catedral Nueva.

I found this bit of rope and tackle intriguing.

Equipment used to build the cathedral or hoist the bells? Maybe.

Equipment used to build the cathedral or hoist the bells? Maybe.

Of course, there is so much more to see during a visit to this sacred place. Take your time and plenty of photos. The cool air inside invites you to linger and ponder.

 

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