What is your favorite form of Church Architecture?
#21
Hey Raven :) I love Maltese baroque too, but that anglo-catholic church james posted is GORGEOUS. I'd have to hang around a few hours after mass just admiring!

Anyway, even if some of you have seen these pictures before, here's some Maltese architecture. Enjoy our Catholic heritage! :)

Roman & Byzantine:
St Agatha's Catacombs, Rabat & fresco detail

Medieval
Fisherman's Chapel: the kind of thing most Medieval Maltese farmers and fishermen would have gone to locally
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The Chapel of Our Lady's Return, Comino: most of it is underground

Early Baroque
St Paul's Cathedral, Mdina & inside.

Mannerist, but 'embellished' more recently
The Shrine of our Lady of Philip, Gozo
(originally a shrine, a visitation by Our Lady and various miracles saw it raised to the dignity of a Minor Basilica by Pope Pius XI)

Strange:
Chapel of Bones, Valletta, destroyed in air raids during WW2

Baroque
St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta: side altar; the pavement is made of Knights' marble tombstones.

Neo-Gothic
Chapel in Floriana, now part of an old people's home.

Neo-Classical
Rotunda of Our Lady's Assumption, Mosta: the dome was pierced by a bomb in WW2 during a Mass. Miraculously, the bomb did not go off.

Modern
Small community church in B'kara

There are some monstrosities (Millenium Chapel, PV) but because we have enough old ones, new churches don't get built very often.

And this is what a Church looks like on a feast day (Church of the Holy Savior, Lija).
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#22
Steven Wrote:Myself, I'm fond of Gothic, specifically German Gothic, because my home parish (#2) is in that style.  I find most any of the Church styles to be beautiful, however.

Your parish church looks amazing! And I agree that taken on their own merits, even styles like Rococo have their own beauty.
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#23
loggats Wrote:My taste is varied.

Gothic because of the cool splendor that aspires to heaven. And makes the chant sound better too.
http://www.andrewcusack.com/romwes16.jpg

Baroque for its Latin spirit, its love of God's creation and translation of that into Architecture. For being a real home to the Roman rite.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co...Andrea.jpg

Rococo. The Church found (finds?) it fussy and unsuited to ecclesiastical functions. But they are exquisite fantasies.
http://z.about.com/d/architecture/1/0/X/...Flickr.jpg

Here's a nice church in the US from the Byzantine Catholic tradition:
http://www.archeparchy.org/page/director...burgh2.jpg
I especially liked the Gothic and Rococo pictures that you provided. As for myself, I'm going to need to do some more looking around at the different styles before I develop a favorite. This will be a fun project! ;) 
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#24
SouthpawLink Wrote:I especially liked the Gothic and Rococo pictures that you provided. As for myself, I'm going to need to do some more looking around at the different styles before I develop a favorite. This will be a fun project! ;) 

Happy hunting! [Image: salute.gif]

Maybe your search should start here?
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1137605908173&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
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#25
St. John's Co-Cathedral (baroque) is AMAZING! It's now officially my new favorite type of architechture! :)
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#26
One day, O'Neill and I are going to the Czech Republic and will visit the Sedlec Ossuary.

http://www.sedlec.info/ossuary.htm
[Image: sedlecossuaryentrance.jpg?w=450&h=337]
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#27
That ^ is niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

My favorite is Romanesque; I love the aging stone and the acoustics.  Worn but solid.

I also like the clean lines of Byzantine architecture.

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