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The Ugliest Churches in the World
RealClearReligion ^ | June 24, 2013 | Nicholas G. Hahn III

Posted on 06/25/2013 5:46:21 PM PDT by EveningStar

Fans of baroque church design are sometimes accused of snobbery. Yet after readers peruse this kaleidoscope of ugly houses of worship, you will likely have a little more sympathy for the stodgy.

Not only are these artistic innovations ugly, but also bizarre, weird, dumb, and gross. These holy train wrecks come to you from Monroe, Ohio to Uvari, India. Gaze upon these Catholic chapels and cathedrals, nondenominational megachurches, Baptist buildings, and even one mosque for good measure.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: architecture; churches
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1 posted on 06/25/2013 5:46:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

ping


2 posted on 06/25/2013 5:46:54 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

Hrumph!

[I didn’t get a hrumph from that guy]


3 posted on 06/25/2013 5:51:59 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EveningStar


4 posted on 06/25/2013 5:52:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: EveningStar

Actually the Dowtnown church in LA pretty bad Our Lady of the Angels

I hope when the BIG Earthquake hit it nail it


5 posted on 06/25/2013 5:53:54 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: EveningStar
TOUCHDOWN!

6 posted on 06/25/2013 5:54:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SevenofNine

I like it.


7 posted on 06/25/2013 5:55:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: a fool in paradise

I recognize the Litter Box on the bottom but what is the top picture of?


8 posted on 06/25/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The UN is the anti-church, but the building is a gem.


9 posted on 06/25/2013 5:57:44 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EveningStar

Antonio Barluzzi, the most profoundly beautiful churches in the Holy Land. He was a Franciscan Monk!


10 posted on 06/25/2013 5:59:02 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: EveningStar

Well, some I thought were odd, some I thought were modern, some were strange, even a few were interesting...
What I found amuzing is that no mosques or mormon temples where included (unless I missed them), which I think look like sand castles.


11 posted on 06/25/2013 5:59:10 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: DManA

It’s a secular humanist faith.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 5:59:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: EveningStar

Some are indeed ugly, but some are simply modern architecture which have been well designed.

Methinks the author has a definite bias.


13 posted on 06/25/2013 6:00:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EveningStar
Is the Homo-"church" Interfaith Peace Chapel of Dallas included?

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Crooked structure for crooked people.

14 posted on 06/25/2013 6:01:19 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: svcw

The mosque is there.


15 posted on 06/25/2013 6:01:59 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

How could anyone have a problem with #21? It’s totally traditional.


16 posted on 06/25/2013 6:02:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: svcw

One (1) and only one mosque.


17 posted on 06/25/2013 6:02:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EveningStar

"Resistance is Futile!"



18 posted on 06/25/2013 6:03:45 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: EveningStar

They are ugly.


19 posted on 06/25/2013 6:04:00 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: EveningStar

Two or three of those weren’t that bad; but yeah, quite a bit of real bow-wow barkitecture there. Thank God, most Christians walk by faith, not by site :)


20 posted on 06/25/2013 6:04:49 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU...)
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To: DManA

Agreed.


21 posted on 06/25/2013 6:05:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: svcw

There was one mosque. I didn’t notice any Jewish temples either. But plenty of Catholic Churches


22 posted on 06/25/2013 6:06:29 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: EveningStar

And each and every one of the Roman Catholic churches shown in that series of photographs was a post-Vatican II design.

Figures.


23 posted on 06/25/2013 6:08:35 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: CaptainK
There was one mosque. I didn’t notice any Jewish temples either. But plenty of Catholic Churches

Catholic architecture went really downhill in the 70s and 80s after Vatican II. Thankfully things are recovering.

24 posted on 06/25/2013 6:08:56 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SevenofNine

I would also have put Our Lady of the Angels near the top.


25 posted on 06/25/2013 6:09:15 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: DManA

Yeah, some of them are normal and/or nice, some of those included because if one mildly odd artifact of a particular viewing angle. Some are laudable attempts which just didn’t quite work out. Some, well, fail.

And the church-plane-boat, well...


26 posted on 06/25/2013 6:09:36 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: EveningStar

The First Friends Church of Whittier, Calif.--a good example of Burger King Moderne architecture. The brick structure that it replaced is below:


27 posted on 06/25/2013 6:14:13 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: BenLurkin

Nice touch that they included Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier, only one of the most iconic modern structures in the 20th century.


28 posted on 06/25/2013 6:20:14 PM PDT by DManA
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To: COBOL2Java

OH mannn ROFL


29 posted on 06/25/2013 6:20:26 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: EveningStar
If Leonid Brezhnev had been a Bishop, this would've been his throne.

Oh, my! I needed that.

30 posted on 06/25/2013 6:20:46 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Fiji Hill

My grandparents used go to that church when they live in Whittier I know what you talking about


31 posted on 06/25/2013 6:21:06 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ctdonath2

I think the Las Vegas one was perfect for Vegas (not that I’m a Vegas kinda guy).


32 posted on 06/25/2013 6:21:29 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

That “church” is VERY VERY VERY liberal. A friend and her son went there for Mass. They walked out after the sermon!


33 posted on 06/25/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: BenLurkin

This statue burned to the ground two years ago. It has since been replaced with a more conventional statue of Christ.


34 posted on 06/25/2013 6:33:36 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: SevenofNine

While growing up, I knew several members of that church. Although he was a Methodist and not a Quaker, my father was the music director there for about a year. He was working on the music for the forthcoming Sunday service the night he passed away.


35 posted on 06/25/2013 6:34:18 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: EveningStar

The mosque should not be listed with churches, no matter how ugly those churches are.

They are not at all comparable. Moslems do not God. They worship Satan.


36 posted on 06/25/2013 6:37:11 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: EveningStar
They missed this one.


37 posted on 06/25/2013 6:38:33 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: EveningStar
Wow! just wow!


38 posted on 06/25/2013 6:45:11 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: EveningStar

I had discussions (sometimes arguments) with my art teacher in college. I believe form should follow function. He believed function had no place in art. It was a furniture making class. What use is a chair you can’t sit on. He thought if you can sit on it, it is not art. Our first project was a simple one using bent lamination. I made a cane with two handles. He liked it and I thought that it was practical for old couples to share when taking a walk.

The first consideration when building a building is will it meet your needs? Many of the converted warehouse church don’t look traditional but they are very functional.

On the other end is the Cathedral. The church should be the best building in town. Many times much of the work was done by members that devoted their lives work to building of it. It was there way of honoring God. The Temple in Jerusalem was magnificent likewise so should their church.

I fall somewhere in the middle of these two philosophies.

I have never seen a ugly church where the people worshiped God. They might have incredibly poor taste in my opinion. But if everyone had the same taste in buildings as I do, I would live on a boring street.


39 posted on 06/25/2013 6:47:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (If you keep your crayons in the box you can't color.)
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To: EveningStar
Actually I kind of liked a lot of them!!!
40 posted on 06/25/2013 6:57:30 PM PDT by ontap (ion. Would you suggest that that organization)
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To: UCANSEE2

That place always reminds me of MacArthur Park

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down...
Someone left the cake out in the rain


41 posted on 06/25/2013 7:15:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EveningStar
St. Gregorius Catholic Church, Aachen Germany:


"Home of the angry aluminum Jesus"

42 posted on 06/25/2013 8:00:19 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: EveningStar; EggsAckley

In my town. Cleverly disguised as a mall cineplex.

Also in my town. Hopefully there's something good going on inside, because outside ... bleah.

43 posted on 06/25/2013 8:06:59 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: EveningStar
Here's a beauty. No "graven images", as you demanded!


44 posted on 06/25/2013 8:12:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar
'Nother architectural wonder!


45 posted on 06/25/2013 8:15:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

I think they are all beautiful in their own way.


46 posted on 06/25/2013 8:48:39 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: UCANSEE2

I used to think that until I actually visited La Sagrada Família a couple years ago with my daughter. It is truly breathtaking in its own way.


47 posted on 06/25/2013 9:14:10 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: COBOL2Java

That looks like a “church” out of Logan’s Run.


48 posted on 06/25/2013 9:41:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: mylife

...damn.


49 posted on 06/25/2013 9:45:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Alex Murphy

Flat Stanley Jesus.


50 posted on 06/25/2013 9:49:37 PM PDT by bonfire
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