Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mute Monday: Big - Supersizing Religion







26 Comments:

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Short said...

I could look at these structures forever.

They're beautiful.

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger TROLL said...

I think they're hideous. Perhaps even depraved. The blood, sweat, and tears of desperately poor people paid for those buildings and their opulent interiors.

But, Happy Mute Monday, anyway!

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Those building are huge!

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Bear said...

What is it with monuments to the Godhead... why big and impersonal instead of small and intimate.

Great pics... happy MM.

 
At 2:53 AM, Blogger Gypsy said...

Those are some very big places of worship. That first one is absolutely enormous. I'm with Bear, I always prefer the intimate and quaint churches but these are a great take on the theme.

Happy Mute Monday.

 
At 4:28 AM, Blogger having my cake said...

The magnificence of the place of worship amplifies the power of the God in question. Me, I prefer the little churches too, but you cant help but stand in awe at the architecture of their larger cousins. Happy MM :)

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger The Hotfessional said...

They are amazing.

Happy Mute Monday.

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger moi said...

Troll, that is, essentially, the problem with religion isn't it? Still, as feats of engineering? Awesome. I'm happy to marvel in that sense. Happy MM Phos!

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger fishy said...

Many of the churches were BIG so there was welcoming space for all ... some were BIG as atonements .... some were BIG as homage to Christ, some were BIG but not as BIG as some egos and many were, and remain BIG icons of architecture and engineering.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

huh? I was scrollin' down fer the astrodome? the Superdome? The Minnesota Mall?

Sports and shoppin' bein' the new religion, that claim the bloods sweat and tears of the poor.

Happy MM!

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger /t. said...

ha ha
aunty belle

how about a big lie:
the american dream pyramid scheme

so phos, which one of these pics is tiny house?

ha haha ha aha ha aha ah ha haha aha ha aha ah ha haha aha ha aha aha ha aha haha ha ah haha ha aha ah aha aha hhaa ha aha ha haha aha ha ha aha ah ha ha

/t.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I belive large places fo worship are supposed to put the woshipee in his or her place in the scheme of things, small and insignificant. The sweeping arches were to draw one's eyes to heaven. It is amazing that given the tools and experience the builders had they were able to pull it off in such grand fashion. Like or dislike them for what they represent they performed their intended purpose well, I never walked into a cathedral, or viewed the structure from the outside without feeling a sense of awe. And the stone carving - no molded products here, was incredible.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Jack K. said...

Where is the cathedral located? It reminds me of one in Rouen, France. I photographed while there last summer.

Great photos, as usual.

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger foam said...

phos,
i completely agree with you. I've been inside several of these ..
you can't but feel awe.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Jack: I am a poster child for why you should always label your pictures. I went to so many cathedrals and took so many pictures (film) I am no longer sure which is which.

Foam: The stainglass was other wordly as well.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Pho-Kid,

yes, they's awe inspirin' fer shure, but Sugar, ya think they's meanin' to make ya feel insignificant?
Reckon them soarin' vaults always hep point me the way we's goin'--hep me think that we's made fer somethin' grand!

what I really likes is how they built 'em to last--newer bldgs is trash in 50 years.

Hope ya din't miss mah MM --the BACK porch were commentary, but not the FRONT. Simsilar theme, but front is mute.

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Indigo Incarnates

I love the architecture of big old churches.

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Becky said...

I want to go see that church that the emporer Justinian built in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Now I have to google it quick... The Hagia Sophia. Which by the way is now a museum. The muslims turned it to a mosque but it's just a museum now. That would be so awesome!

 
At 5:02 AM, Blogger dianne said...

If nothing else they are a testament to the skills of the stonemasons and artisans who built them, they are the ones who are awe inspiring, they probably gave their lives for the privilege. ♥

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

It might be nice to turn all mosques into museums. Even today worker's tumble off high buildings and there are more than a few bodies rumored to be contained in the cement of the hoover dam, not to mention Jimmy Hoffa, the only person not doing the wave at Shea stadium...

 
At 5:48 AM, Blogger SJ said...

Gods have nothing to do with any of these structure. These are all human achievements (or perversities for some ).

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger The Java Junkie said...

I can look at them only as the dreams of architects brought to fruition. Very beautiful. Happy late MM!

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Chickie said...

Bet their electric bills are insane.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Phosgene, lol, I needed that!

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

They're pretty drafty, hate to see what it was like in winter when the only heat was coming from the gasbag at the pulpit...

 
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