I had the most fortunate blessing to visit this Cathedral. Driving south on the Autoroute, the steeples of Chartres Cathedral gradually rise from the wheat fields until it encompasses the entire horizon.
The central tympanum illustrates the Apocalypse with a central Christ surrounded by four beasts (Revelations 4-5); the twenty-four Elders and angels are in the voussoirs. The tympanum to the left depicts Christ's Incarnation, the one to the right, his Ascension; thus the three tympana read together present a unified theme: Christ's entry into human history, his departure, and the end of time. This kind of unity, much more complex than suggested here, is typical of Gothic sculptural programs.
And then there is Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles (photo intentionally not posted).
I'd love to hear what Duncan Stroik thinks of "The Taj Mahony" in
I'm not Catholic, but I do join the numerous LA Catholics that are
left cold by "The Big Box Cathedral". The interior does have some nice
touches...but it sure ain't what comes to mind when you hear the
Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at St. Thomas Aquinas College.
He is in very good company, including Archbishop Chaput, at the Institute for Sacred Architecture.
Surprisingly young man.
When my home archdiocesse cathredral, St. Joseph was distroyed by fire, ( the old gothic one ) back in the 50's, the new one which was built was modernistic.
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