Thursday, March 25, 2010

Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA

I recently went on my yearly visit to the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans on Cape Cod. I love to visit Cathedrals and beautiful churches. This one has been built and ornamented over the past decade. It is wonderful to see the progress made each year. The link to their website is HERE.

This church is a stunning testament to contemporary religious art. It begins at the stunning east doors. These are heavy solid brass doors with bas reliefs of Adam and Eve.

Every detail of every piece of this property (even the courtyard drains!) is fashioned with excellence and an eye for art.

This is the interior view of the same doors. It is surrounded by a shimmering wall of glass and gold, representing the glory of the Transfiguration beneath which Peter, James, and John slumber.

The center walkway from the grand eastern doorway to the altar is a stunning original mosaic. (I keep using the word "stunning" because I am so... stunned by the beauty.) I wish I could have photographed the mosaic pathway, but it was covered because of some work being done. Here is some of it around the baptistry.

The columned interior is decorated with original frescoes in brilliant colors.

Look at the beautiful detail work on every column.

At the end of the promenade is the breathtaking mosaic of Christ in glory. The mosaics are shimmering glass and gold pieces.
I highly recommend this gorgeous church as an inspiring place to visit if you are in southern New England.

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