I remember that trip as if it were yesterday. I was sixteen years old traveling by myself to a foreign country. I boarded a plan in Chicago bound for Frankfurt, Germany, where relatives I barely knew picked me up at the airport. That summer was an enlightening adventure beyond my expectations and was also responsible for piquing my interest in architecture.
The sight of the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) in Köln, Germany, had my jaw dropping in awe. Viewing photos of this magnificent structure continues to have the same awe-inspiring effect on me to this day. It seems, I continue to be drawn to beautiful and ornate churches, and can’t pass up an opportunity to photograph these architectural marvels.
Although, I haven’t seen anything as ornate and stunning as the Kölner Dom, I have encountered other unique structures, that are equally beautiful in their own right.
Last winter while visiting Tucson, Arizona, I found myself stopping by Mission San Xavier del Bac several times. With each visit, I discovered more unique and ornate details.
Last summer while hanging around Denver, Colorado, I made several visits to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The moment we drove by this structure, I knew I had to stop and explore.
But there was one church on my bucket list that I just had to see. Perhaps it’s the home builder in me or my spiritual beliefs ….. regardless, the Loretta Chapel and its Miraculous staircase was a must see for me during a Santa Fe, New Mexico visit.
I’m sure as we continue to travel, my ongoing quest to seek out these spiritual and architectural beauties will continue 🙂
This post was written in response to the WordPress Photo Challenge – Ornate.