TODAY’S CHURCH – Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, USA)

TODAY’S CHURCH – Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, USA)

This fascinating Roman Catholic church is literally built into the rock. The views from outside are unbelievable but the serenity inside is awesome

Some say, that Chapel in the Rock can move even the non-religious.

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)

A kid on the tour to Eckerd College once said it looked like a “Jesus spider from outer space.” Inspired by 20th-century architect Eero Saarinen, the Chapel was designed by the highly respected Chicago architectural firm of Perkins and Will. Its key design features are its octagonal shape and in-the-round seating, the oculus at the center of the roof that directs sunlight to the center of the sanctuary, the lower glass panels which reflect light from the water outside to the interior, and the girders which recall the flying buttresses of the medieval cathedral, instilling a sense of timelessness in a contemporary structure.

TODAY’S CHURCH – Saint-Michel d Aiguilhe chapel (Le Puy-en-Velay, France)

TODAY’S CHURCH – Saint-Michel d Aiguilhe chapel (Le Puy-en-Velay, France)

Perhaps one of the most remarkable sights in France, a chapel perched on a volcanic plug. This is the Rock of Aiguilhe, on the edge of the town of Puy en Velay, in the Auvergne. The Chapelle Saint-Michel has stood there for 1042 years since Bishop Gothescalk had it built in 962 on his return from a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella in Galicia. In 1955 workers found relics under the altar that had been there since it was built.

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Hermitage(Island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain)

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Hermitage(Island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain)

The small church, which is usually closed, dates from the 10th century and seems to have come from the Knights Templar. In the year 1053, it was donated, by Lord of Biscay, to the monastery of San Juan de la near Jaca in Huesca. Medieval burials from the 9th and 12th centuries have been found on the esplanade and in the Hermitage.

In 1593 it was attacked and sacked by Francis Drake. Among other incidents, it has caught fire several times. On November 10, 1978, it was destroyed in one such fire. Two years later, on June 24, 1980, it was re-inaugurated. The hermitage belongs to the parish of San Pelayo in Bakio.

The hermitage also houses various votive offerings from sailors who survived shipwrecks.

TODAY’S CHURCH – Church of Arbore (Suceava County, Romania)

TODAY’S CHURCH – Church of Arbore (Suceava County, Romania)

The church of Arbore is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Its painted church was the first Moldavian painted church to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery and the commune are named after the boyar Luca Arbore who built the church in 1503. The erection of the church was completed in about 5 months. Its exterior paintings date from 1541 and were made by DragoÅŸ Coman. Painting the church took about 40 years.

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Chapel on the Rock (Allenspark, Colorado, USA)

TODAY’S CHURCH – The Chapel on the Rock (Allenspark, Colorado, USA)

The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.” (Matt 16:18).

Vowing one day to build a chapel here, Msgr. Bosetti prayed for nearly 20 years to acquire the funds. During time, he found himself in a constant battle with the Colorado Highway department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.

Eventually, Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later, when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.
The chapel was designed by noted Denver architect Jacques Benedict.

In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.

TODAY’S CHURCH – Cadet Chapel (Air Force Academy, Colorado, USA)

TODAY’S CHURCH – Cadet Chapel (Air Force Academy, Colorado, USA)

The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, is the distinguishing feature of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy. It was designed by renowned architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill of Chicago. Originally controversial in its design, the Cadet Chapel has become a classic and highly regarded example of modernist architecture. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ National 25 Year Award in 1996, and as part of the Cadet, Area was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004.

TODAY’S CHURCH – St. Augustine Church (Brookland, Kent, UK)

TODAY’S CHURCH – St. Augustine Church (Brookland, Kent, UK)

“Yes the late 12th century, wooden, bell tower is separate from the rest of the church! Apparently it is the only one of its size and shape in the country. Originally it was open to the elements the cladding being addedin the 15th century. You almost can’t take a picture of this lovely church without getting that litter bin or telephone wires (or both) in frame; the litter bin is even in all the guide books!”