Thursday, January 1, 2009

PhotoStory Friday: Almudena Cathedral

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek




Almudena Cathedral In Madrid

I am a little odd and one of the things J finds quirky about me is while I am an atheist, I love beautiful churches. I love stained glass, altars, all the other intricate beautiful things that are in churches. This is one of the top ones I have been in.


As you can see from the outside it is huge. It has a very large front courtyard, tons of little steeples and wonderful architecture.



The ceilings were amazing. This is just a small taste of what bold and exciting colors adorned the ceilings. This is the huge dome you see from the outside. The murals that ring it were also breath taking.


The stained glass in this Cathedral was really unique. It was almost a taste of different periods in art. I thought this one with all the triangles was really neat. I also have a thing for nuns too. I don't know why.


This one seemed more traditional in its look. Stunning none the less.



This one was more modern art deco-y if I'm using the correct term. An interesting mix I'd say.

A small sample of what beauty this cathedral had to offer.

18 comments:

Pam Emmons said...

I, too, love to take pics of beautiful churches. This one is gorgeous!

Michelle said...

Wow those are beautiful pictures. I am a retired Catholic, but one of my strongest memories of attending church as a child was starting at the stained glass windows. :)

Honey Mommy said...

What a beautiful church. I love stained glass windows even though there are none on churches of my faith.

Happy New Year!

Chris said...

Churches are always so beautiful, because people tend to put their all into creating them.
These are gorgeous shots!

Kimber said...

What a beautiful church. Great photos!!

Gina said...

Wow, these are really amazing photos. I just love the colors. Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

oooh especially the stained glass. Gorgeous!

Indrani said...

Thanks for the virtual tour of this beautiful church! The stained glass shots are superb!

DJ said...

Love old churches! I am Catholic and a lot of those churchs are just beautiful with color, creatvity, and full of meaning! Thanks for sharing this one with us.

DJ said...

Love old churches! I am Catholic and a lot of those churchs are just beautiful with color, creatvity, and full of meaning! Thanks for sharing this one with us.

Lorina said...

Gorgeous!

April said...

I'm not super religious or anything but I too, find churches like this absolutely breath-taking! You aren't odd at all. :-)

LesleMora said...

Atheists appreciate art too! No matter what the subject matter. LOL I love churches, I am simply awed by Gothic cathedrals.

This one has a particularly interesting history with it taking a couple hundred years for construction to come to fruition. But it's done and it's gorgeous! And your photos are fab, thanks for sharing them with us!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

beautiful shots. beauty is all around us.

Susie said...

Wow, that is one spectacular church!

Leslie Collins said...

I was going to say something similar to Lesle Mora. She is right! It is art.

I love Cathedrals. They are just gorgeous. When I was in Mexico, I went into some of the most beautiful Cathedrals. I will never forget them.

Thank you for sharing!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh Robyn, these shots are amazing. Talk about ornate and intricate! Seriously fantastic.

That trip sounds so lovely.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year!

Zoe said...

art is beautiful...religious or not!