Weekly Photo Challenge: look Up ( Church of St. Stephen )

This is one of the most interesting churches in Budapest.

The church ceiling is ornate, with  lots of details.

I also like the domes in several direction.DSCF0111

here is an introduction of its architecture in Wikipedia:

The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose “incorruptible” right hand is said to be housed in the reliquary.

This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.

Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Bulding, it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres (315 ft) – this equation symbolises that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance. According to current regulations there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres (315 ft). It has a width of 55 metres (180 ft), and length of 87.4 metres (287 ft). It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklos Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.DSCF0168

The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek cross ground plan. The facade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower is Hungary’s biggest bell, weighing over 9 tonnes (8.9 long tons; 9.9 short tons). Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons; 8.8 short tons), but it was used for military purposes during World War II. Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest. 

At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen’s Basilica.

St John’s Church Bell Tower at Vilinus

Travelling in the Baltic, one sees that many churches have separate bell towers.

Some of the towers are quite tall too.DSC_0383

The St John’s bell tower at Vilinus was built in the 16th century.

I am sure in those days, these were one of the tallest structure in the area.

This is beautiful architecture and engineering challenge at the time.

Church of Immaculate Conception

I like taking photos of churches or cathedrals; especially those in Europe.

Both the interior or exterior of their architecture are so fine and beautiful; some of them look so majestic and grand too.LA 016

Here is a picture taken of the Immaculate Conception church, a simple structure,  in the old town of San Diego, USA.

A picture which I found from my archive; it is a picture taken with a first generation electronic compact camera.

Still, it looks not bad.


The Streets and Alleys of Baltic (7)

I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.

I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.

What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.Baltic Capitals 15-Aug-09 034

I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.

I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.

They leave an undeletable part in my memory!

Church at Macau


I am not a fervent Catholic.

I know I do not have very strong faith; but I seek to be closer with God with each passing day.DSCF0783

The poor health and sufferings of the loved ones around me have brought me closer to the Lord.DSCF0784

I know God has His plan and may not agree with the things we ask for in our prayers.

Nevertheless, we pray, hoping that He may change his plan, hoping that those around us will suffer less and be closer to Him.

I like churches; I like the ambiance in the church; a place where I can sit quietly and pray; praying for those around us and indeed for the whole world.

Here are some pictures taken in the church, right in the center of the city in Macau.DSCF0785

I like altars, here are two pictures showing it.

I guess given Macau was a colony of Portugal, the churches may resemble some of those in Portugal.DSCF0786

Also shown is the interior and exterior of the church.

Hope you like them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic ( Mogno)

While I stayed at home as a caregiver to my mom, my wife and her dad are travelling in Switzerland and Italy. She is trying to accompany her 84 years old dad to as many places as possible before he couldn’t travel anymore.

This is the church at Mogno, Switzerland which is a good example of Monchromatic for this week’s DP Photo Challenge.IMG_0962

A brief introduction of the church is given in Wikipedia:

Mogno is most noted for its modern marble and granite Church of San Giovanni Battista, designed by Ticinese architect Mario Botta. The church was erected between 1994 and 1996 on the site of its 350-year old predecessor, which was levelled by an avalanche in 1986. This catastrophe also claimed several of the homes in the village, although luckily no-one was injured in this event.IMG_0963

The original church of San Giovanni Battista Decollato was built in 1626 and was initially a  chapel of ease of the parish of Peccia. Towards the end of the 17th Century it became an independent parish church. In 1940 it became part of the parish of Fusio

I like the angles and perspective of these photos taken by my wife. Please enjoy!