Sunday, May 11, 2014

St Francis

This is St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church which is found in the Little Italy neighbourhood just off College St. It was designed by architect Arthur William Holmes in Gothic Revival style and was constructed in 1915 to serve the flourishing Italian population in the area. The church has 21 large stained glass windows but was locked when I went by a couple of weeks ago so no pics. The church is famous in the city for its huge Good Friday pageant which closes down College St and involves hundreds of people reenacting the events of that day.
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22 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful!

Bill Nicholls said...

That is a nice looking church that

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

amazing stonework. i always wonder how they decide what to use? what is available in the area or? ( :

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

amazing stonework. i always wonder how they decide what to use? what is available in the area or? ( :

TexWisGirl said...

imposing but impressive, too!

Jim said...

Quite impressive

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Lovely photo! It is such a shame that churches have to lock their doors.

José Mendonça said...

Beautiful architecture! Love those stone walls.

Sharon Anck said...

When I was growing up in Illinois, our parish church was St. Francis. Ours was made of red brick instead of stone. This one is very stately.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh its so impressive Pat, the windows look super from the outside can only imagine what they'd be like from the inside with the light pouring through.

Lynn said...

I have seen this church and probably have a photo of it..it is beautiful (I'm originally from B.C.).

llandudnopictures said...

You did well to squeeze it all into the picture!

cieldequimper said...

So we both have St Francis today, though not the same one! THis church is gorgeous, the pageant must be wonderful!

Halcyon said...

I've never been inside this church, but I have always admired it from outside. :)

Andy said...

This church is real standout... easily spotted from a distance.

Birdman said...

Would love to see that pageant. Not for the religion, but for the pageantry. Great church from the outside.

Randy said...

I love the large windows. I bet they are beautiful from the inside.

Jack said...

I love this one, RedPat. The little branches at the sides frame it well, and the whole photo has a calm gray cast.

William Kendall said...

The architectural style's always appealed to me. This is a beautiful example.

Mike Biles said...

Looks a beaut!

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope that someday you're able to go inside to take photos of the stained glass. Twenty-one stained glass windows? WOW!

Laura. M said...

I love these old buildings, Pat.