|St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra, Australia|
Thursday, 10 January 2013
|Chapel of St. Gildas, Brittany, France|
|Statue of Saint-Gildas|
|Canterbury Cathedral Church of England|
After the Restoration in 1660, several years were spent in repairing the building. The North West tower was found to be dangerous, it was demolished in the early 1830s and replaced by a copy of the South West tower, thus giving a symmetrical appearance to the west end of the Cathedral. During the Second World War, the Precincts were heavily damaged by enemy action and the Cathedral’s Library was destroyed. In 1954, the Library rebuilt and repairing War damage was completed.
A critical moment in the history of The Canterbury Cathedral was the murder of Thomas Becket in the north-west transept (also known as the Martyrdom) on Tuesday 29 December 1170 by knights of King Henry II. The king had frequent conflicts with the strong-willed Becket and is said to have exclaimed in frustration, "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" The knights took it literally and murdered Becket in his own cathedral. Becket was the second, out of the four Archbishops of Canterbury, who were murdered.
- New Archbishop Of Canterbury 'Appointed' (news.sky.com)
|St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow, Russia|
|Icon of St. Basil the Blessed|
According to the legend, missing ninth Church (precisely, sanctuary) was "miraculously found" during a ceremony attended by Tsar. Another popular legend is that Ivan the Terrible had the architect of St. Basil's eyes pulled out after the cathedral was completed so that the architect could not be able to build an equally beautiful structure anywhere else. Yet another legend tells that Napoleon after realizing that he could not count St. Basil's Cathedral among his war spoils, wanted it destroyed. The fuses lit by his men were supposedly snuffed by a sudden downpour.
|St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City, Rome|
|St. Peter's Basilica (Photo credit: johnmaschak)|
- Italian protester climbs down from St Peter's Basilica in Rome (news.yahoo.com)
- The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
|St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco),Venice, Italy|
|The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City of Jerusalem|
|Ceiling of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Photo credit: slack12)|
- Unholy row erupts over Church of the Holy Sepulchre's water bill (independent.co.uk)