Thursday, March 24, 2011
Off the Beaten Path - Part 2, the Sacred and the Profane
Second in a (random) series of my travels throughout the country. A couple of weeks ago I had the occasion to travel to Spokane, Washington on business. As it was, my work was completed earlier than i expected and I had some time to kill before my plane left to take me back to Portland...and I had my camera. As I drove back to Spokane after my meeting, I noticed a church tower on the hills behind downtown and my curiosity was piqued. I drove until I happened upon The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, of the Episcopal Church. Construction was started in 1925, the building is of classic gothic architecture and could easily be at home in England. I started taking photos outside, but the rain prevented me from capturing any noteworthy images. However, a bold moment and the generosity of church staff allowed me some shots of the beautiful interior. For more information, here is a link: http://www.stjohns-cathedral.org/about/about_index.php
I love arches, especially when there are several in a row.
This is looking east, toward the Chancel and the Transept (Imagine a cross, and the transept is where the two parts cross. The chancel is the end or the "top" of the cross, usually at the east end.)
From the lectern, looking over the Bible
From Spokane I drove down west on Interstate 90 to the town of Ritzville, WA, a pioneer town that saw it's heyday during the growth of agriculture in eastern Washington. It's shrunk in size and probably on it's way to becoming a ghost town.
Mary Queen of Heaven Parish was established in 1882, and this building was built in 1883.
An old tow truck...I really did feel like I went through a time warp, driving through this town.