Thursday Doors: The Holy Door

I was visiting friends and family in Quebec City last weekend. While walking through the old city with my friend and her son who was acting as our tour guide, he suggested we have a look at the Holy Door on the north side of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec. “A door!” I said excitedly. So I explained to them the Norm’s 2.0 Thursday Doors challenge.

Well you don’t have to be an observant Christian to appreciate the beauty of this door made of massive bronze. It was gifted by the Vatican to  the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec  in 2013 to coincide with celebrations of the church’s 350th anniversary. The Basilica is the  oldest church in North America. This Holy Door is the only one that exist outside of Europe.

You can read more about it here and here.

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10/Fifty-Two, Losing my Religion

“Losing My Religion” the title of a 1991 R.E.M  song is what came to mind when I looked at this photograph on my computer monitor for the first time. I wasn’t quite sure why, since I am not a religious person. Although the photo was shot through the stained glass window of a chapel in a cemetery,  for me it is not about religion, but more  about symbolism or belief. However, in 1991, I did love that song. When I started to read the lyrics, I realized the song is not  about religion, either. When I looked into the meaning of the song, it is actually about a “crush”,  a romantic obsession. The line “losing my religion” refers to “an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one’s temper or civility, or “being at the end of one’s rope.”” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Losing_My_Religion

“But that was just a dream
  That was just a dream”

 

Losing my Religion

4/Fifty-Two, Church Day

I’m not a church going kind of gal, except when it comes to photography or traveling.

Here I am at the Church of Saint-Leon-de-Westmount in Montreal taking a “Mastering the Light” photography workshop. Montreal is a city of many churches. Mark Twain, during a visit to Montreal in 1881 said: “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.” Yes the church was at some point a pillar of French Canadian identity. Although church attendance  has drastically declined over the years (Quebec is pretty much a secular society today), they are still amazing places of our past and history to discover, photograph and admire for their incredible architectural beauty.