The parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in the temple on Harolds Cross was opened in November 2001 after the visit to Ireland of Metropolitan Kirill. The consecration took place in February 2003.
Episcopal Church Harold’s Cross. It was built in 1838 by the architects John and Louche and R. W. Tough. South-Western bell tower was added in 1914, but in the last 15 years has been dismantled for safety reasons. The first priest in 1838, was James Robert McGhee, and the rectory at the intersection of Harold’s Cross Road and Leinster Road West was built between 1875 and 1880 for years. The castle-like granite building may give some the wrong idea about interior decoration of the temple. Painted in blue corrugated ceiling is supported by slender columns. Melodic organ adorns the rear gallery. Many beautiful colored Windows, some of whom are recognized as one of the most beautiful in 1960. This window was made well-known Irish painter on glass Catherine A. O’brien of the art Studio An Tur Gloine (tower of glass). Continue reading
Anthropologists, historians, art historians, sculptors, recreating shape of ancient man, restore to us the image of our ancestor who lived several thousand years ago. And he rises from the depths of hoary centuries, beautiful and brave, not helpless before the forces of the insidious nature. This is not defenseless creature, hiding from the cold in skins and have no power over the surrounding world. A distant ancestor might show us the structure of baked brick, wheeled carts, colorful ceramic kitchenware. He is familiar with the smelting of metals, crosses the seas and lakes on vessels equipped with sails and oars, he uses the plow, weights, level, plumb, protractor, compasses, pliers, file, scissors, saw, plane, rotation.
It creates a magnificent building, still stunning in its scope and strength. Egyptian pyramids, sphinxes, sculpture-colossi, Greek temples, Roman public buildings and aqueducts stood in a long confrontation with the forces of the elements and still give birth to modern pilgrims a sense of belonging to the eternal history of mankind, uplifting the consciousness of continuity. The builders of antiquity had a tremendous intuition, experience and high professional skills. Continue reading
Until the 11th century in medieval Western Europe, a stone building almost was not conducted.
11.12 in centuries everywhere erected stone castles, monasteries, temples. All these buildings have thick, smooth walls with small Windows, massive columns supporting the ceiling, powerful towers, semi-circular arches. Not only locks, but temples and monasteries resembled a fortress and served as a refuge for the surrounding population during hostilities.
In modern times these buildings called Romanesque (from the Latin word .Roma. Rome). Indeed, medieval builders were studying the ruins of the ancient Roman architecture and borrowed from some Roman construction techniques (e.g., semi-circular arch).
To our days have survived tens of Romanesque structures, such as the castle tower in London, the Cathedral in Speyer. the burial place of German emperors, the Cathedral Saint-Lazare in
The Autun (France), decorated by the famous relief depicting the last judgment, etc. Continue reading