Silent Sunday….. A Church Visit

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 Marienkirche, Rostock, Germany

For such a large Church, Marienkirche (St. Marys) is well hidden in the side streets of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

It is indeed an enormous Gothic Brick construction dating back to the 13th century (it was further enlarged during the 14th century).  I say enormous, it is and larger than many Cathedrals I have visited.

The Brick Tower with its many glazed windows is only matched by the interior height of the nave.

Reflecting Rostock’s maritime importance as a member of the Hanseatic League, there hang various models of sailing ships upon which the City built its wealth.  These are overshadowed by the famous Astronomical Clock.  Dating back to 1472 this masterpiece is till operating today…. and worth a visit in its own right

Disaster nearly befell Marienkirche during 3 nights of Air Raids in 1942.  Thankfully swift actions prevented widespread fire damage. 

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Well worth a detour on any visit to Rostock… when you find Marienkirche you will be surprised at its size and yet intermit atmosphere

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

2nd May

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Silent Sunday…… Three Spires

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Litchfield Cathedral, Staffordshire

The threes Spires of Litchfield Cathedral make for a dominant landmark on the horizon.  The central Spire is 253ft high whilst the twin spires are a mere 190ft .

The full name for this medieval Cathedral is Saint Chad and Saint Mary.  Its history dates back to 669AD when Saint Chad founded the first building.  It was a wooden structure.  This was replaced by a Norman style building in 1085, and then again 1in 1195 in the Gothic style.

Inside the Cathedral you do enter a peaceful world…..  but history also tells us that this was not always so.  The Cathedral took the full force of aggression against it in the English Civil Wars. 

Today it is once again a very different world that surrounds this dramatic building.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday……. Spring comes to a Church at Ilam

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Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam, Staffordshire

The village Church at Ilam hides behind the village of the same name, in the valley below Bunster Hill and Dove Dale.  Its distinctive ‘Saddleback’ Bell Tower, whilst not unique  in church architecture, still adds a touch of style to this 17th century church.  It is, as with many old religious buildings, believed that is was built on an religious location used as early as the Saxon times.  Restoration and additions where made in the 1800’s. 

My best description would be ‘small but beautiful’ both inside and out.  So pop in and take a look…

Holy Cross, Ilam, is perhaps at it’s best, on a sunny spring morning, just as the early mist and dew rises to reveal it nestling behind a ring of trees with Bunster Hill as its backdrop.

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Wherever you are this Spring Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…… Spring Time

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Spring comes to Saint Anne’s Church, Beeley, Derbyshire

The Derbyshire hamlet of Beeley has been home to Saint Anne’s Church since 1150ad.  Like many of our old churches,  it was built on a site of even earlier religious importance.  Like others, it has also seen restorations over the years…… not surprising for a church that is over 870 years old.

Saint Anne’s, is an integral part of life for this Derbyshire rural community..  emphasising its rural roots, it holds a Service in September, for all animals great or small. Now that must be quite a congregation to behold.

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2021