The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

October 12, 2009

Madhu just took me to the very beautiful

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul .

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The gilded cross atop the dome beckons to the faithful (and the tourists):

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My irreverent mind, of course, immediately added "Mary" to Peter and Paul and flew off to "Puff the Magic Dragon"...see this audience-inclusive rendition by the group: Mary of the group recently passed away . Well, now that I went down that side-road and came back,'s the outside of the cathedral: outside of peter paul cathedral Madhu opening the lovely old door: madhu opening door of church peter and paul Inside, the dim vastness of the church instantly silenced our voices and thoughts; the peace was like a blanket that spread itself over us. This, to me, is what religion should be about...the spiritual uplifting that makes one's soul, mind, and heart go beyond themselves to something greater. I have felt this in various places...the most unexpected one was the Necropolis near Teheran. Here's the scene that greets one's eyes on entering the doors: inside of church 041009 There were several beautifully executed paintings: lovely painting 041009 The stained glass in the cathedral was I wish had a digital camera in the six consecutive days that I visited the Cathedral at Cologne , many years ago! the big striped cat said to the tourist who exclaimed that he'd seen a diger..."I digress!" Here are a couple of panels, one from above the nave: stained glass panel 041009 And one above the entrance: christ stained glass 041009 Looking back from the nave, I saw the large and impressive church organ: church organ 041009 On the side of the church were these sumptuously appointed confessionals: ss peter paul confessional I'm afraid I'm not a very devout person, because I thought of the several novels in which the murderer uses the confessional to aid his plans!