Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Photos of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Peter's Cathedral, seat of the Diocese of Belleville.

I visited the Cathedral on the Feast of the Assumption, to take photos of an exhibit of Marian art. While there, I took a few more photos.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - exterior

A view of the Cathedral exterior; this is not the best angle, but it was quite hot outside and I avoided walking around to get a better view. My older photos of the Cathedral are here and here, and those articles include additional historical information.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - nave

Sunlight filtering through the stained glass windows filled this end of the cathedral with an unusual color.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - pipe organ


Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - sanctuary

The sanctuary has a modern order and is located more towards the center of the church; in the background is the Blessed Sacrament chapel.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - Our Lady's Chapel

A Marian shrine is adjacent to the sanctuary.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - Blessed Sacrament chapel

Blessed Sacrament chapel, where the confessionals are located.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - crypt of Bishop Zuroweste

Tomb of Bishop Albert Rudolph Zuroweste. In front is a vesting table; in the back is an altar; to the right is a new cabinet containing items of historical interest: as I was taking this photo, I met the couple who made and donated the cabinet.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - Bishops' mitres

Bishops' mitres. This form of hat dates back to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - back of nave

The newer end of the cathedral dates from 1966. An exhibit of Marian art was on display here. You can see blurry images of people who were here during the camera's long exposure time.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - back of cathedral

Modern stained glass window at the back of the church shows the Evangelists, with Kings Solomon and David, and Christ the King and the Holy Spirit at the top.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - stained glass window "Upon this Rock I will build My Church"

Upon this Rock I will build My Church.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - abstract stained glass window

Non-representational stained glass window in the cry room.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - statue of Saint Peter

Saint Peter, holding a Bible and the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - crypt with tombs of bishops

In a crypt under the church, tombs of bishops.

4 comments:

  1. Those are some beautiful windows in a beautiful church. Thanks for posting the photos.

    Laura Goff Parham
    State of the Art, Inc. Stained Glass Studio
    SOTAGLASS.COM

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  2. A beautiful church. It needs some de-wreckovation, but is very nice as it is. Thank you for posting this.

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  3. When I was a student at Cathedral grade school in the sixties the nuns would take us down to the crypt on the eve of All Saints Day. Nothing prepares you for Halloween like going to the church basement and visiting a crypt. Totally creepy. Loved it!

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  4. I came back to this post to see the beautiful stained glass again. This time I like the photo of the Bishop's mitres. I am presently working on a project for Bishop Stika. I needed a photo of a mitre for refernce material. Again thank you for posting these photos.

    Laura Goff Parham
    State of the Art, Inc
    http://www.sotaglass.com/

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