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Houses of Worship

I had to use a thesaurus to figure out a name for this post.  They are two churches but don’t ask me the denomination because I haven’t a clue. The one with the dome reminds me of mosque Aya Sophia in Istanbul which used to be called Hagia Sophia when it was a Greek Orthodox Church.  If you a history buff check out the history of Istanbul.  The other church just reminds me of a typical gothic style cathedral you see in Europe.

There was a lot of cropping going on with these pictures to get the view I wanted; mainly trying to remove street signs. I’m really shocked at how well both images came out.  One was shot on the very expensive Fuji X100S the other on the very inexpensive Canon 330HS.  Both handled some serious cropping very well without the usual loss of detail when you wield the crop tool like a chainsaw.

House of Worship


House of Worship


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The upper pic looks like the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States; located appropriately at 409 Cathedral St. It was built between 1806 and 1821 and was closed from April 2004 until November 2006, for a major restoration to return the church to its original design. Whenever I point it out as the Catholic cathedral where I attended my first wedding, at age five, people say, “that’s not the Baltimore Cathedral.” They are referring to the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, located on 5200 North Charles St., which succeed the Basilica in 1959 or 1960.

You are right. I knew it was a Catholic Cathedral because I tried to get into the gardens which were locked at the time to get a shot of a mural on the side of the building. I just liked how the shadows fell on it and that it reminded me of Aya Sophia.

The grand old church with the beauty worthy of a king and the functional worship house. Both do justice to their God.

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