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Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 10:57 PM

Badass Churches
This thread is inspired by SkyscrapersOfNewYork's contribution to the tallest churches thread.

Use this thread to post images of churches that put the fear of God into all that lay eyes on them. :ahhh:

For ease of downloading, let's stick to one church per post. Here are a few for starters.
St Nicholas, Burnage, Geograph, S Parish, some rights reserved

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:03 PM
Pilgrimage Church, Neviges
Seier and Seier, Flickr Some rights reserved.

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:10 PM
Christchurch Spitalfields, MSH* Mark Barker, Flickr Some Rights Reserved

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:12 PM

And the granddaddy of badass churches, Cologne Cathedral:
Thoschi,, some rights reserved,

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Mar 16, 2011 11:24 PM

omg i feel so honored, thank you for creating this thread Bedhead! :hug:

heres my contribution

Dresden Frauenkirche (Berlin, Germany)

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Liverpool, England)

Sagrada Família(Barcelona, Spain)

Las Lajas Sanctuary(Narino, Columbia)

Hallgrímskirkja( Reykjavík, Iceland)

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel(Colorado Springs, USA)

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:28 PM

Fantastic selection! That Columbian one is insane.

Cirrus Mar 16, 2011 11:38 PM

This one may be "badass" according to a different definition...

Arlington Methodist, Arlington, VA:

Look closely. That's a gas station under it.

HomrQT Mar 17, 2011 12:21 AM

St. Peters in Chicago. Located in the loop, it's situated between two skyscrapers. The rendering of Jesus on the front of the building always strikes me when I pass it. I can't walk to work without giving it a glance.
St. Peter's Church - Chicago by bachnin, on Flickr
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Chicago Loop, Chicago, IL by catholicsanctuaries, on Flickr

ardecila Mar 17, 2011 1:43 AM

LDS Temple, San Diego

flickr/Wu Ching

amor de cosmos Mar 17, 2011 3:22 AM

sedlec ossuary, prague

Trantor Mar 17, 2011 3:33 AM


Originally Posted by Bedhead (Post 5203906)
Fantastic selection! That Columbian one is insane.

err... ColOmbian :tup:

KevinFromTexas Mar 17, 2011 3:34 AM

Heh. Hearing "badass church" makes me think of 'Monsignor Martinez' on King of the Hill. :jester:

Video Link

Trantor Mar 17, 2011 3:36 AM

Brasilia Cathedral, by Oscar Niemeyer

KevinFromTexas Mar 17, 2011 3:39 AM

^That is really strange looking. The ceiling looks animated.

ChiSoxRox Mar 17, 2011 3:45 AM

One of my favorite buildings
St. Basil's Cathedral says "Never mind stone or concrete colored churches, if you have any color paint it'll go somewhere."

There's also the intimidating but probably false tale that Tsar Ivan the Terrible, who ordered the church, blinded the architect so he could never create something more beautiful.

Another, perhaps true, story is from the days when the Soviet Union was plowing huge avenues through old Moscow. City party boss Lazar Kaganovich was showing Stalin a model of the city, and took out the church to see how Red Square would look without it. Stalin immediately exclaimed, "Lazar, put it back!"

When Stalin wants to save a church, you know it's one badass church.

(I also associate it with this famous painting by Vasily Surikov, Morning of the Execution of the Streltsy, which is both a poignant image of Russia's often brutal history, and a vivid depiction of the severe consequences of crossing Peter the Great.)

ColDayMan Mar 17, 2011 3:46 AM

That Brasilia Cathedral looks like Space Mountain.

LMich Mar 17, 2011 3:52 AM

It's no where near the biggest or baddest church in the world, but I've yet to personally visit a church as awe-inspiring as the upper chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle in central Paris:

Locally, I like the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak in Metro Detroit:
Patricia Drury

Also, not necessarily huge, but I have a thing for the gothic and romanesque catholic churches in around downtown Detroit...

Sweetest Heart of Mary

St. Josaphat

St. Joseph

Ste-Anne de Detroit

St. Mary
Patricia Drury

St. Florian (Hamtramck)

Detroit catholics really loved them some red-brick.

Trantor Mar 17, 2011 3:55 AM

church in São Bento do Sul, Santa Catarina state... does anyone else agree that this church is kinda Art Deco??

Fátima Church, in Fortaleza. The façade immitates two hands together praying

São Francisco Ordem Terceira Church, in Salvador, Brazil
all covered in gold in the interior (like many baroque colonial churches in Brazil)
Flickr: sergiodantas
Flickr: papel_quimico

"Hairy Church", Pelotas, southern Brazil
photos by Farrapo

for more, check out these two threads at SSC with a HUGE collection of photos of brazilian churches, temples, cathedrals

The_Architect Mar 17, 2011 5:21 AM

Damn! I was gonna post Sagrada Familia!

I think the Hagia Sophia is pretty badass..

Not to mention the Pantheon (yes it is a church!):

Cirrus Mar 17, 2011 5:21 PM

The National Cathedral in Washington, DC has a number of non-traditional gargoyles. The most famous: Darth Vader.
source: flickr user smata2

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