Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Heavenly City

From a review by George Weigel, about the Chicago Catholic church architecture photo book Heavenly City:
Heavenly City is so beautifully illustrated that I can imagine using it as a source of prayer — as many Catholics pray with icons today. It would be fatuous to pick a favorite from the riches that McNamara and Morris lay before the reader. Suffice it to say that they offer almost seventy examples of churches, built in various styles over more than a century, which testify to their builders’ belief that a church is the domus Dei et porta coeli (“the house of God and the gate to heaven”), not simply the domus ecclesiae (“the house of the Church”).
Found at the Society of St. Barbara.

But in my opinion, I think the Saint Louis area churches have Chicago beat.

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