January 10, 2010

Camouflage

I know I've posted so many photos of the Manila Cathedral already, but it has such beautiful details I don't think I'll ever tire of it (and I hope you won't either). I especially like how the carvings are ornate but almost nothing is painted, so the interior looks deceptively simple from afar. The interior arches are just as lovely as those over its main doorway, though the designs are geometric rather than floral. I guess speakers are necessary in a church of this size else the congregation won't be able to hear the priest, but at least the church authorities had the wisdom to choose a color which blends with the stone.

interior arches of the Manila Cathedral

19 comments:

brattcat said...

The arches in this image are making their own special music.

IamMBB said...

Church architecture is so beautiful.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The parishioners must have been able to hear the priests before the color-coordinated speakers were added. Maybe the priests in earlier times spoke with louder voices, just as orator politicians must have done.

Jacob said...

No, I won't get tired of looking at an architectural marvel like this. It is truly inspiring!

George said...

This is an absolutely beautiful cathedral. I don't think I could ever get tired of seeing pictures of this wonderful building.

Boise Diva said...

The cathedral is lovely, I like to see it.

Halcyon said...

It is very pretty! I certainly don't mind seeing more of the details.

ρομπερτ said...

The acoustic must be great indeed.
Nearly twenty past four in the morning - and your photography keeps one awake.
Please have a wonderful Sunday.

Chuck Pefley said...

Gorgeous architecture. My only complaint is with the speakers hung on the arches. At least they are colored to match the stone ... but they still mar the appearance.

Don and Krise said...

Hilda, you can post as many photos of this cathedral as you like. It's magnificent from the arches, to the columns, to the stained glass. I do agree that the speakers are something of an eyesore, but sometimes we take the bad with the good.

Rob said...

The architectural details are inspiring.

Cezar and Léia said...

It seems that like comes through in abundance, I like that!
God bless you!
Cezar

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That looks stunning! Look at the pillars. The ornate may look geometrically simple but it stands out! Thanks for the visit Madam Hilda.

Happy New Year!

arabesque said...

they look intricate even from afar, never mind the speaker.
one of the churches worth visiting. ^0^

arjan said...

I most love the beautiful metal carvings on their doors.

Leif Hagen said...

Wonderful, heavenly details! Ornate carvings! Scrumptious stained glass windows! Nope - never tire of your cathedral photos, never!

Lois said...

Keep posting pictures of this cathedral Hilda because I will never get tired of them either! I love the stained glass.

JM said...

Wonderful Cathedral details shot! Keep on posting, Hilda! :-)

traveller said...

Time to travel to Europe (Spain, Portugal, U.K., etc., etc.) and just here round the corner... this summer.
You will absolutely love the architectural details of the older buildings.
Now I want to go "home". I've only been to Intramuros twice. I want to go to Vigan too.