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The Ugliest Churches In The World
Catholic Vote ^ | July 11, 2014 | JOHN WHITE

Posted on 07/12/2014 2:56:37 PM PDT by NYer

A little something for the weekend.

Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest churches in the world. They represent several denominations, but the vast majority are – you guessed it – Roman Catholic.

Below are just a few of these architectural miscarriages, all of them Catholic. See the rest here.

 

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ugly church 7

 


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: architecture
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1 posted on 07/12/2014 2:56:37 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Oh my, ping!


2 posted on 07/12/2014 2:57:14 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

The first one looks like the dump Godzilla took after he ate Tokyo.


3 posted on 07/12/2014 2:59:27 PM PDT by Argus
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To: NYer

Architects gone awry!


4 posted on 07/12/2014 3:03:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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5 posted on 07/12/2014 3:03:27 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: NYer

The physical reflects the spiritual. Those beautiful cathedrals of yesteryear have given place to the darkened minds of popular culture which confuses bad taste and misery for beauty and happiness.


6 posted on 07/12/2014 3:03:54 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Argus

The first one looks like a German ww2 fortification.


7 posted on 07/12/2014 3:04:20 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: NYer

Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio
Nondenominational


Iglesia de la Consolación in Córdoba, Spain
Roman Catholic

8 posted on 07/12/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer
OOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo, OOOOOGLY!!

Where is that infamous "crystal palace"??
I can't believe that they were designed and built TO BE Catholic Churches.

They belong to the Churches of Bad Taste!!

9 posted on 07/12/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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Wow, some of those were really were going for HP Lovecraft’s ‘non-Euclidean geometry’ look.

Freegards


10 posted on 07/12/2014 3:04:56 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: NYer

The “church” in Ohio looks like a knockoff of Stanford University in California.


11 posted on 07/12/2014 3:06:05 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: NYer
The first four look like Star Wars transports.
12 posted on 07/12/2014 3:06:37 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Baynative

Hahahaha! You nailed it Baynative!!


13 posted on 07/12/2014 3:06:48 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: NYer

Hideous,but probably lovely inside.

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14 posted on 07/12/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Baynative

It looks like the head of a hungry hungry hippo.

FReegards


15 posted on 07/12/2014 3:08:35 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: PapaNew
Those beautiful cathedrals of yesteryear have given place to the darkened minds of popular culture which confuses bad taste and misery for beauty and happiness.

One would expect the Orthodox to be exempt from the list but .... wait, what's this?


Russian Orthodox Church in Paris, France

16 posted on 07/12/2014 3:09:30 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Thanks for posting this, one or two were not so, so bad.

I am aware of the controversy over the Christian Scientist place in DC. Supposedly it’s one of the best examples of Brutalist Architecture around.

I wondered if they’d have my old church, you probably know it NYer, Epiphany on 2nd Avenue and 22nd Street.

Beautiful old church burned down in the 60s, very shortly before Christmas iirc, shocking news it made the front page of the Sunday Times, above the fold with a big picture, again iirc.

Then for a while we went to Mass in an empty store front in Stuyvesant Town, I guess it had been a Whelan’s (remember those?) because we called it St. Whelan’s.

Then they built a hideous, gray, modern monstrosity.

Ah, the sixties.....a time of ruination and destruction. No wonder people got into drugs.


17 posted on 07/12/2014 3:12:06 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Salvation
Speechless ...


Christus, Hoffnung der Welt in Donau City, Austria.
Roman Catholic

Looks like Mecca.

18 posted on 07/12/2014 3:12:08 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Ransomed

He had said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 3:17:13 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: NYer

Yeah, but it still looks like a church. Very modern in some ways, but very much a church.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 3:18:01 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: NYer
These buildings go far beyond "ugly" - they are truly hideous!



"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

21 posted on 07/12/2014 3:18:10 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: NYer

You can argue the architectural merits of any of these buildings. Some are good, others, not so much.
The common denominator to most all of them though is that they are “self referential.” In my opinion this is not appropriate to a house of worship - especially a Catholic church which should be sacramental.


22 posted on 07/12/2014 3:18:46 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Husker24
The first one looks like a German ww2 fortification.

Now that you mention it, it wouldn't have looked out of place overlooking a beach in Normandy… all it lacks is a muzzle brake protruding from one of the windows.

I'm not sure what the lower one reminds me of - other than a mediocre attraction near some tourist-fleecing venue - but the rest would look right at home decorated with Cyrillic letters and grotesquely stylized, reinforced concrete Soviet soldier statues.

Mr. niteowl77

23 posted on 07/12/2014 3:22:53 PM PDT by niteowl77 (The five stages of Progressive persuasion: lecture, nudge, shove, arrest, liquidate.)
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To: PapaNew
The physical reflects the spiritual. Those beautiful cathedrals of yesteryear have given place to the darkened minds of popular culture which confuses bad taste and misery for beauty and happiness.

Well expressed. I think you hit it right on the head.
24 posted on 07/12/2014 3:23:32 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: NYer

#3 needs a nose job.


25 posted on 07/12/2014 3:27:55 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tryranny)
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To: NYer

I kinda like the one that resembles Stonehenge, but the third one looks like it’s flipping the bird (sorry). Very unattractive.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 3:28:30 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: NYer
The last one is labeled in what appears to be Thai. Is it a Buddhist temple, or some other church in Thailand?
27 posted on 07/12/2014 3:30:36 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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This one reminds me, in a very bad way, of a closed-in and jumbled Stonehenge. I'll take the original please!


28 posted on 07/12/2014 3:30:49 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: ConorMacNessa


Chartres




"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

29 posted on 07/12/2014 3:30:56 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: NYer

I didn’t knoe Borg was a religion.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 3:32:56 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: MUDDOG

‘Loathsomely Redolent’ could be the name of the style of architecture for some of these. Others are actually very cool looking. Maybe not for churches, but it would be cool to have sci-fi conventions there or something.

Freegards


31 posted on 07/12/2014 3:33:53 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Yeah, I like the designs of some of them, maybe not for churches now. Like if someone showed me a picture of some of these and said they were churhces from 3,000 years in the future it would make more sense.

Freegards


32 posted on 07/12/2014 3:34:06 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: NYer
The ugly Catholic ones are probably all post-Vatican II, when the Modernizers decided to throw away everything from the past and start over. As an example of where this notion can lead, there's a hideously "modern" Lutheran church in Finland, which dates to the independence of Finland early in the 20th Century. It's built into a hillside, and the "walls" are the stone layers in the interior of the hill. With independence, the Finns decided to go "modern" with a vengeance.
33 posted on 07/12/2014 3:35:11 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: NYer

All beauties compared to Mecca.


34 posted on 07/12/2014 3:35:47 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: JoeFromSidney
The ugly Catholic ones are probably all post-Vatican II,

I'll go out on a limb and say there's no "probably" about it.

35 posted on 07/12/2014 3:38:21 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Ransomed
You nailed it, they are Lovecraftian.

Another word he liked was "dizzying." My post was a quote from "The Call of Cthulhu."

36 posted on 07/12/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: NYer

So glad I live in Manhattan where most of the churches are very old and have deep roots in European beauty. I loathe ugly churches of any denomination. And I don’t like the modern synagogues (shuls) in my neighborhood, either. I long ago gave up on the gymnasiums that pass for Protestant churches.


37 posted on 07/12/2014 3:41:44 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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Christ Lutheran Church (formerly St. Stephen's) in Chino, California. Where the cross is now on the building was once a Chi-Rho symbol. My boyhood church, I was a founding member along with the rest of my family.

38 posted on 07/12/2014 3:42:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Baynative

I think it looks like a dog’s snout.


39 posted on 07/12/2014 3:49:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MUDDOG

Oh yeah. Another one was ‘fetor.’ As in ‘I walked into the strangely designed religious building and noticed the strong eldritch fetor right away.’

Freegards


40 posted on 07/12/2014 3:49:53 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: NYer

Kind of strange attending a church, where upon seeing the structure you think to yourself

“What the Hell is that?”


41 posted on 07/12/2014 3:50:38 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: SES1066

Or something that kids would design with building blocks.


42 posted on 07/12/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

No wonder people do not go to church. That is very depressing.


43 posted on 07/12/2014 4:04:52 PM PDT by MamaB
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OT; but I think this is one of the most beautiful churches I've seen- the Methodist church on the bay front in Corpus Christi, Tx. (mainly due to the statue of Christ in front, 'It Is I', by Kent Ulberg.

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This is a photo I took of it looking out to sea:

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Years ago there was a wonderful project underway to build a massive statue of Christ (similiar to the one in Rio) to on the high bluff downtown, but the Libs finally voted it down.

44 posted on 07/12/2014 4:06:10 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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Ugliest church in NY is the building that replaced the one my father knew as his boyhood parish: St John the Evangelist. It’s better known today as 1011 First Avenue, headquarters of the NY Archdiocese. It had the misfortune of sitting on prime midtown real estate.


45 posted on 07/12/2014 4:18:28 PM PDT by Oratam
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No accounting for taste - I like it!

My own Church looks like the Brady Bunch's living room. Very ugly, although not quite as ugly as the ones in the original post.

46 posted on 07/12/2014 4:21:01 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: NYer
We have a Catholic and an Episcopal cathedral here. Both built in the 70s. Both hideous.


47 posted on 07/12/2014 4:31:53 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: NYer

48 posted on 07/12/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT by buridan
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My first thought of this one was a WWII German bunker on the Atlantic Wall that was partly renovated into a church.


49 posted on 07/12/2014 4:46:33 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer

Junkhenge?


50 posted on 07/12/2014 5:12:08 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("How can there be peace when the sorceries and whordoms of your mother TBN are so many?")
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