Going through Zaporizhzhia I made a few photos of Holy Protection Cathedral (Свято-Покровский собор) that was built not so long ago. The first church on this place was built at 1778 and it was made of wood. In 1886, instead of the woody church building of the new stone cathedral was started that was destroyed by Bolsheviks in 30th of XX centure. The re-building of the cathedral has been started at 1993 and was longed for 14 years. This new cathedral is a copy of an old stone cathedral. Its height is 36m and it is the main cathedral of the city.
The Estrela Basilica construction was started in 1779 by order of Queen Mary I of Portugal and completed in 1790. At the time it was constructed the church was viewed from everywhere in Lisbon. The front has two twin bell towers and includes statues of saints and some allegoric figures.
A large quantity of grey, pink and yellow marble was used in the floor and walls, in intricate geometric patterns, one of the most beautiful in European churches. Several paintings by Pompeo Batoni also contribute to a balanced design. The tomb of the Queen Mary I is on the right transept.
The 2 photos below are HDR photos except the interior photo that is vertorama and was created merging a few images manually.
Exploring Sagres places and being inside the Fortress of Sagres you definitely should visit a small church. It stands alone and is very quiet. In other aspects it is not different from many other churches although this one is dated by 1579. It replaced the original church of Infante Dom Henrique of 1459. It was also damaged by the earthquake of 1755. Some alterations to the church were made, such as the building of a new bell tower over the old charnel house of the cemetery. There are still a set of tombstones present.
Inside this unpretentious church, the 17th century Baroque retable above the altar originates from the Capela de Santa Catarina do Forte de Belixe (St. Catherine’s Chapel in Belixe Fortress), while the polychrome statues of St. Vincent and St. Francis were once part of the Franciscan convent on the Cape St. Vincent.
In this post I’m sharing 2 HDR photos of Annunciation Cathedral (Свято-Благовіщенський кафедральний собор) that is the one of our main temples in Kharkiv. Its construction was completed at 1888. This cathedral was one of the largest and tallest churches of the Russian Empire.