Thursday, April 25, 2024

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2024: V is for Virgin Mary

 Looking back through my travel photos I see that in many places there was, on our agendas, an Abbey, Cathedral, Chapel, Church, Convent, Monastery, Mosque, Pagoda, Synagogue, Temple or other place of worship. As we travel along the road I often take snaps of God's houses we pass by. These buildings range from ordinary to ostentatious. 

For the Blogging from A to Z April 2024 Blogging Challenge my theme is Gods' Houses. During April I invite you to join me for an online tour of Gods' Houses from my digital albums.

The Virgin Mary is venerated in some Christian religions as the mother of Jesus Christ. She is recognised in Gods' Houses by sculptures, paintings and other artworks. She is often portrayed holding a baby Jesus.

Church - Italy

La Houge Bie - Jersey, Channel Islands

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cordoba, Spain

Kotor, Montenegro

Zakopane, Poland

Broome, Australia

A Shrine - Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Pantheon - Rome, Italy

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium

Cordon, France

Maputo, Mozanbique

Manila, Philippines

Lucca, Italy

St Pauls Cathedral, London, England

St Suzanne, France

St Malo, France

Hagia Sophia (Now a Mosque) - Istanbul, Turkey

Pieta (Michelangelo) St Peters Basilica - Rome, Italy

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2024: U is for Unique and Upclose

Looking back through my travel photos I see that in many places we visited there was, on our agendas, an Abbey, Cathedral, Chapel, Church, Convent, Monastery, Mosque, Pagoda, Synagogue, Temple or other place of worship. As we travel along the road I often take snaps of God's houses we pass by. These buildings range from ordinary to ostentatious. 

For the Blogging from A to Z April 2024 Blogging Challenge my theme is Gods' Houses. During April I invite you to join me for an online tour of Gods' Houses from my digital albums.

When I was planning my U post I thought I'd share some photos of a few unique buildings and some upclose images from other buildings. Then yesterday I realised that I hadn't indexed the photos from one amazing and definitely unique church we visited in 2012. I was captivated by this building and captured many images

That Church is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Here are some of my snaps.

The Sagrada Familia dominates the skyline in Barcelona

I couldn't find a spot where I could take a photo of the whole building
so I snapped an image of an information board.
The Basilica should look like this by 2030

This was the best I could manage for an exterior shot

There were crowds both outside and in

There are many features on both the exterior and interior.

Another coloured feature on the exterior. Most are natural stone carvings


Some of the embellishments are rather spooky

Moving inside - a colourful plaque for Matthew

and a plaque for Mark


Stairs behind locked gate?

Towards the altar

A central feature

Columns rising to the ceiling

Looking up at the ceiling

Balconies all around

A spiral staircase

So many tourists

Back outside (I think)

Another Crucifex



Baby Jesus?



There are multiple entry points

The pond opposite the building provides opportunities for reflection
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