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When I was in Washington, I visited three churches: the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Washington National Cathedral. The former two are Catholic and Romanesque; the latter is Episcopal and Gothic. All three of them were fantastic, but if I had to pick one of them to get married in, I have to confess that I like the Episcopal National Cathedral more. It's pretty sweet, until I think about the fact that "Bishop" Katherine Schori sits in the cathedra there sometimes.

I can't really think of any Catholic churches in the States that approach the Gothic majesty of the National Cathedral and which truly feel like something transported out of Norman England, but if you can think of one, let me know. What great examples of neo-Gothic Catholic churches in the U.S. can you think of?


[Image: washington-national-cathedral.jpg]

(I wonder if, during the time in the 19th and early 20th century while there was a Gothic architecture revival, the Anglophone Catholic world perceived Gothic style to be "Anglican" and chose different styles to distance themselves from that. Most neo-Gothic Catholic churches I can think of were built by the French, Spanish, or Irish Americans (Notre Dame in Montreal, San Fernando in San Antonio, and St. Patrick's in NYC respectively); but not English. For example, the Cathedral of Westminster in London, built at the turn of the 20th century, is neo-Byzantine. I guess that's cool, but..... why neo-Byzantine? I mean, c'mon.)
I've never been to these places, but think they look nice!

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Newark, NJ
http://www.cathedralbasilica.org/

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption - Covington, KY
http://www.covcathedral.com/

Don't really know much about either of these churches, just think they look nice. Plus they're GOTHIC - always a plus  :thumb:
I thought of one more. The recent renovation/restoration was good - much better than before, go figure

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - Savannah, Georgia
http://www.savannahcathedral.org/
Well having been there too, I have to admit that the National Cathedral is very impressive.  Too bad it's inert.
For my taste it is too wide to be real Gothic. I personally like the Roman, XII Century or older. As for marriage I do not believe that the Church of the ceremony has any importance for a lasting connection. The will does.

(08-06-2009, 08:34 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]When I was in Washington, I visited three churches: the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Washington National Cathedral. The former two are Catholic and Romanesque; the latter is Episcopal and Gothic. All three of them were fantastic, but if I had to pick one of them to get married in, I have to confess that I like the Episcopal National Cathedral more. It's pretty sweet, until I think about the fact that "Bishop" Katherine Schori sits in the cathedra there sometimes.

I can't really think of any Catholic churches in the States that approach the Gothic majesty of the National Cathedral and which truly feel like something transported out of Norman England, but if you can think of one, let me know. What great examples of neo-Gothic Catholic churches in the U.S. can you think of?


[Image: washington-national-cathedral.jpg]

(I wonder if, during the time in the 19th and early 20th century while there was a Gothic architecture revival, the Anglophone Catholic world perceived Gothic style to be "Anglican" and chose different styles to distance themselves from that. Most neo-Gothic Catholic churches I can think of were built by the French, Spanish, or Irish Americans (Notre Dame in Montreal, San Fernando in San Antonio, and St. Patrick's in NYC respectively); but not English. For example, the Cathedral of Westminster in London, built at the turn of the 20th century, is neo-Byzantine. I guess that's cool, but..... why neo-Byzantine? I mean, c'mon.)
St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, MO is a beautiful Gothic Church.  http://www.institute-christ-king.org/stlouis/

    In Christo Rege et Maria Regina,
        ~Steven
Steven,
I agree that the St. Louis Oratory is magnificent
(08-06-2009, 08:50 PM)RalphKramden Wrote: [ -> ]I've never been to these places, but think they look nice!

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Newark, NJ
http://www.cathedralbasilica.org/

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption - Covington, KY
http://www.covcathedral.com/

Don't really know much about either of these churches, just think they look nice. Plus they're GOTHIC - always a plus  :thumb:

I think my mom, RIP,  was baptised at the Basilica. I know she was born in Covington, which is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. There are other elegant and neo Gothic Churches in Covingtion that reflect the rich Catholic history of the area(mostly Germans from Baden, Wurtemburg, and Bavaria with a sprinkling of Irish knobs). Must have been a great place to live about 100 years ago with a brewery, butcher and baker every few blocks--and the Mass, of course!  :pretzel: :incense: :grandpa: :crucifix: :monstrance: :nun: :cheers:
(08-06-2009, 09:02 PM)RalphKramden Wrote: [ -> ]I thought of one more. The recent renovation/restoration was good - much better than before, go figure

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - Savannah, Georgia
http://www.savannahcathedral.org/

I was quite impressed with the Nativity Scene they displayed the last time I was at St. John's.

Personally - I am partial to St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. http://www.stlouiscathedral.org/
(08-06-2009, 08:34 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]When I was in Washington, I visited three churches: the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Washington National Cathedral. The former two are Catholic and Romanesque; the latter is Episcopal and Gothic. All three of them were fantastic, but if I had to pick one of them to get married in, I have to confess that I like the Episcopal National Cathedral more. It's pretty sweet, until I think about the fact that "Bishop" Katherine Schori sits in the cathedra there sometimes.

I can't really think of any Catholic churches in the States that approach the Gothic majesty of the National Cathedral and which truly feel like something transported out of Norman England, but if you can think of one, let me know. What great examples of neo-Gothic Catholic churches in the U.S. can you think of?


[Image: washington-national-cathedral.jpg]

(I wonder if, during the time in the 19th and early 20th century while there was a Gothic architecture revival, the Anglophone Catholic world perceived Gothic style to be "Anglican" and chose different styles to distance themselves from that. Most neo-Gothic Catholic churches I can think of were built by the French, Spanish, or Irish Americans (Notre Dame in Montreal, San Fernando in San Antonio, and St. Patrick's in NYC respectively); but not English. For example, the Cathedral of Westminster in London, built at the turn of the 20th century, is neo-Byzantine. I guess that's cool, but..... why neo-Byzantine? I mean, c'mon.)

I guess you do not care for any of our Missions?
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