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Sunday, November 4, 2012

A mighty fortress: Stunning 180 degree panoramic cathedral pictures show the majestic architecture of New York City's houses of worship


Stunning shots of New York's ornate churches could rival even King Solomon's carefully crafted temple.

New York City based photographer Richard Silver captured the majestic architecture of churches across Manhattan in 180 panoramic shots that give spectators a top to bottom view of these houses of worship.
The amazing photographs, taken in August and September, showcases the rich religious architecture across the Big Apple.

Gothic Revival: St. Paul the Apostle Church (left) is located on West 60th Street at Columbus in Manhattan. The Late Gothic Revival-style church, with a bright blue ceiling nave, was finished in 1884. Similarly, Trinity Church (right), an Episcopal church located on Wall Street and Broadway, was built in 1856 in the Gothic Revival style

Silver's photo collection primarily includes historical Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal churches in the city.
The Upper West Side church of St. Paul the Apostle Church, on 60th Street at Columbus, is a Late Gothic Revival-style church that was under construction for eight years until it was finally opened in 1885.

Downtown: The Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua (left) is located in Greenwich Village on Sullivan Street and was the first Italian church in New York. The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish on the Lower East Side is a baroque styled sanctuary

Its bright blue ceiling nave and stained glass windows, by John LaFarge, on the ceiling give the cathedral a bright and airy feel, in addition to the light wood used near the altar.
In addition to stained glass pieces by LaFarge, the church is filled with works by artists William Laurel Harris, Lumen Winter and Augustus Saint Gaudens. The gold-laced high altar at the front of the church was designed in Byzantine style by Stanford White.

West Village: The Modern and minimalist sanctuary of The Church of the Village (left) is located on West 13th Street and 7th avenue. The Church of Saint Francis Xavier (right) is located on West 16th Street between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas

The Roman Catholic parish now holds six services every Sunday, attracting residents who live nearby in the Lincoln Center neighborhood.
Further downtown, Silver captured the grey colored interior of Trinity Church, one of the oldest churches in New York.
Established as a spiritual gathering place for the British as New York became the center of commerce for the colonies, it was subsequently targeted during the Revolutionary War because of its Church of England affiliation.

Grace Church (left) is designed in the French Gothic Revival style, constructed in 1846. The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (right) was built by Trinity Church in the 1850s and was sold the congregation in 1944

The original meeting place was a small, rectangular building built in 1698 but it was destroyed in the great fire of 1776, that ravaged the southern tip of Manhattan on September 21 in the early days of The War of Independence.
A second Trinity Church building was constructed and opened in 1790 but severe weather wore down the structure and it was torn down in 1838–39.
The current sanctuary was built in 1846, designed by renowned architect Richard Upjohn, in his trademark Gothic Revival style and is located in downtown Manhattan on Broadway and Wall Street.
The church is a National Historic Landmark and the church cemetery holds the graves of prominent historical figures including Alexander Hamilton, English Separatist William Bradford and Franklin Wharton, an early Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

source: dailymail

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