August 16, 2009

Gray and gold

Because I do not have photos of the San Agustin Church's interior yet, on this Sunday, I offer you instead a view of the Manila Cathedral's nave and sanctuary. Someone once mentioned to me that he didn't like the Manila Cathedral's ceiling because it was so simple. Yes, none of the domes have paintings but I like the sculpted details of the arches, pillars and clerestory, and how the cold grays contrast yet blend with the warm browns and golds of the pews and altar.

Manila Cathedral interior

23 comments:

Jacob said...

I agree with everything you said. This is a super terrific photograph! Truly a beautiful nave and altar!

Leif Hagen said...

A heavenly snap, Hilda! It's so open and light and spacious! I wonder how old it is? How the music and worship there? Ever been to an organ concert or other concert there?

George said...

I happen to like the simplicity of this cathedral ceiling. You're absolutely correct when you talk about how well the ceiling blends with the colors below.

ellievellie said...

It is just right - very fitting to the catholic tradition. Orthodox churches like the Greek or Russian usually have lots of icons and paintings all over the ceiling - but this one fits the best catholic traditions!

Reena said...

wow!! i always just pass by this church and never go inside to pray. the interiors are really spectacular!

James said...

It's beautiful!

Layrayski said...

I like the design of the church, what are they talking about? hehe very nice photo Hilda.

Dina said...

Very beautiful . Sometimes less is better.
And a shiny floor too. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh Hilda, this altar church is magnificent!Fabulous angle as well!
Thanks so much for sharing so beautiful picture!Perfect for our Sunday!
Léia

Pam said...

The beauty in life is not in the details but in its simplicities...
This chapel is marvelous and allows the mind to meditate on the reasons for being there.
Thanks for taking me to church this wonderful Sunday morning, Hilda. I enjoyed it very much...

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Such a great peak into this cathedral. And the photo is a perfect capture.

As for grapefruit and shrimp, I love both and just need to be brave enough to try them together!

Lois said...

I think it's lovely! Sometimes less is more.

Vogon Poet said...

I am a bit envious of this great photo of the beautiful inside of your Cathedral. This is exactly how I would like a church (and its photo) to be.

Meri said...

Simply beautiful. Beautifully simple.

marley said...

Very nice contrasts. Lovely tones. I've got a contrast photo today but I think you win hands down!

D said...

I agree. The architecture is art enough. I love the simplicity!

Jilly said...

Magnificent, Hilda -so light and welcoming, somehow. You've photographed it beautifully.

Lisa Wilson said...

That is truly a perfect photo!

Ming the Merciless said...

Wow, that is an impressive looking church. The floor is so clean and polished that it looks like a mirror surface.

Yoork said...

Churches always have the best ceilings!!!

. said...

So beautiful.

the donG said...

great shot! were you using a tripod when you took this shot?

Frank said...

Gorgeous. It's a beautiful as any I've seen. Great shot capturing the light and grandness of the alter.