I stumbled across The Church of the Ascension in Bedmond while joining my other half for a day as he walked from Reading to St Albans a couple of years ago. It’s unusual to see a metal panel church in the UK – the weather here is very changeable and I can imagine there are only a few weeks a year where the temperature is comfortable inside here :)
This tiny stone church in the middle of Wallingford cemetery in Oxfordshire is the first entry into my new collection of church photos. Mostly, I’m drawn to the architecture of modern churches or those with unusual materials or forms and the collection will mostly be made up of that sort of thing. Occasionally though a traditional church catches my eye and this little guy is just the cutest thing. So tiny and compact but still full of interesting angles and intricately carved details. The tile pattern on the roof is wonderful. I didn’t get chance to peek inside as we walked past but I wonder just how small the space is with such thick walls.
Athens is packed full of churches. I found this one while searching for a postbox to send the Delphi postcards. It was a hot day and there was a little shaded spot out of the way of pedestrians so I took 20 minutes to do a little sketching. This might be my favourite of the week.
I love the architecture of churches, especially modern churches. Whatever the specific denomination or the decade it was built you can somehow always tell it is a church even though materials and styles can vary wildly. Yes, ok, there are often crosses dotted around the place but not always and it’s still true even if they were removed – there’s just something unique about the proportions and ratios of height to width and window to wall.
This church was a short walk from my hotel in Mexico City when I visited last year. While I sat across the road in a tiny park sketching the bulky, imposing structure a local resident told me that it was built in the 70’s and that they thought it was ugly and couldn’t understand why I would want to draw it :)
At the end of our trip we managed to visit the very impressive Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and I guess I can see why someone would call this church ugly in comparison but I still like it.