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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.

http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/...1_7a0b1cdb.jpg
St Nicholas, Burnage, Geograph, S Parish, some rights reserved http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1584661

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:03 PM

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3128/...58e8d5a9_b.jpg
Pilgrimage Church, Neviges
Seier and Seier, Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/3165564453/ Some rights reserved.

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:10 PM

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/77/16...f3583dff05.jpg
Christchurch Spitalfields, MSH* Mark Barker, Flickr Some Rights Reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/69108241@N00/3051490374/

Bedhead Mar 16, 2011 11:12 PM

And the granddaddy of badass churches, Cologne Cathedral:

http://www.thoschi.net/uploads/2008/04/domturm_web.jpg
Thoschi, thoschi.net, some rights reserved, http://www.thoschi.net/gotham-city-p...ral-of-cologne

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)
http://www.pension-bauer-heinemann.d...er/dresden.jpg
http://www.pension-bauer-heinemann.d...er/dresden.jpg


Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Liverpool, England)
http://fr.academic.ru/pictures/frwik..._Cathedral.jpg
http://fr.academic.ru/pictures/frwik..._Cathedral.jpg


Sagrada Família(Barcelona, Spain)
http://www.allfromweb.net/img/art/ba...-Barcelona.jpg
http://www.allfromweb.net/img/art/ba...-Barcelona.jpg


Las Lajas Sanctuary(Narino, Columbia)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_J2dmJAnEC4...Kg/s1600/1.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_J2dmJAnEC4...Kg/s1600/1.jpg


Hallgrímskirkja( Reykjavík, Iceland)
http://fuckyeahprettyplaces.tumblr.c...bwibXy71qa11my
http://fuckyeahprettyplaces.tumblr.c...bwibXy71qa11my

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel(Colorado Springs, USA)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...det_Chapel.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...det_Chapel.jpg

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:
http://beyonddc.com/features/god/_sh...pa100_5302.jpg

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.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/...10610429_b.jpg
St. Peter's Church - Chicago by bachnin, on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/...78c89937_o.jpg
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Chicago Loop, Chicago, IL by catholicsanctuaries, on Flickr

ardecila Mar 17, 2011 1:43 AM

LDS Temple, San Diego

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/...e3320f9a_o.jpg

flickr/Wu Ching

amor de cosmos Mar 17, 2011 3:22 AM

sedlec ossuary, prague

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/...261476f3_z.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbrard/4900446994/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3295/...127dae93_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrefranklin/3074267792/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3449/...740526ee_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/halvorbodin/3780821941/

Trantor Mar 17, 2011 3:33 AM

Quote:

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
http://www.chocolate-fish.net/albums...-outside-2.jpg
http://www.chocolate-fish.net/img_-4240

http://www.brasiliabsb.com/catedral_wide.jpg
http://www.brasiliabsb.com/photo_cathedral_wide.htm

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_P3BvaDvVAy...rasilia_01.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_P3BvaDvVAy...rasilia_01.jpg

http://www.portalbrasil.net/2004/ima...l_interior.jpg
http://www.portalbrasil.net/brasil/f...f_brasilia.htm

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."

http://www.richard-seaman.com/Wallpa...sSouthSide.jpg
(richard-seaman.com)

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.)

http://paintingspy.com/wp-content/ga...ikov/543-1.jpg
(paintingspy.com)

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:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2271/...8b545e07_b.jpg
Claudia

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

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3635/...cf420b91_z.jpg
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

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5253/...4847879e_z.jpg
catholicsanctuaries

St. Josaphat

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/144/3...3b2dad3e_z.jpg
gsgeorge

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/...5c60a7ca_z.jpg
markh0421

St. Joseph

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2025/...b964c285_z.jpg
markh0421

Ste-Anne de Detroit

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/...b0c8f9e1_z.jpg
kdlmphoto

St. Mary

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/...6bed97ef_z.jpg
Patricia Drury

St. Florian (Hamtramck)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2360/...aa8ea3d7_o.jpg
Rich-s

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??
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/89/25...d4cea00553.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1039/...9be3b94f80.jpg
http://static3.bareka.com/photos/med...418/centro.jpg
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...60&postcount=5

Fátima Church, in Fortaleza. The façade immitates two hands together praying
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...BFatima027.jpg
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...BFatima029.jpg
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...BFatima025.jpg
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...BFatima009.jpg
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...0&postcount=19


São Francisco Ordem Terceira Church, in Salvador, Brazil
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2366/...cb37b3.jpg?v=0
all covered in gold in the interior (like many baroque colonial churches in Brazil)
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...rgiodantas.jpg
Flickr: sergiodantas
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...l_quimmico.jpg
Flickr: papel_quimico
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...sa/nil3602.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...ssa/nil360.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...mrceloam91.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...ssa/lili_s.jpg
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...2&postcount=11



"Hairy Church", Pelotas, southern Brazil
http://img250.echo.cx/img250/7071/pelotas0610zf5pp.jpg
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5212/cabeluda01.jpg
photos by Farrapo
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=73




for more, check out these two threads at SSC with a HUGE collection of photos of brazilian churches, temples, cathedrals
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=570697
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=888562

The_Architect Mar 17, 2011 5:21 AM

Damn! I was gonna post Sagrada Familia!

I think the Hagia Sophia is pretty badass..

http://www.dailyistanbultours.com/im...a_sophia_1.jpg

http://www.sights-and-culture.com/Tu...gia-Sophia.jpg

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

http://romeitaly.ca/images/pantheon.jpg

http://www.polatkaya.net/PantheonInside.jpg

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.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1372/...85d06ace_z.jpg
source: flickr user smata2


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