Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Friday's trip: Part 3

Our second photo stop on last Friday's trip was the Sainte-Marie Catholic Church in Church Point. Here are the details from the information board outside the church:

You are standing in front of the largest wooden church in North America. Leo Melanson, a local Acadian, masterminded its consturction from blueprints of a stone church in France - yet Leo could not read or write! This amazing structure was built between 1903 and 1905 with the help of 1500 volunteers.

If you peek inside, you'll see very tall columns supporting an arched ceiling. In reality, these 70-foot columns are entire Norwegian Red Spruce tree trunks covered in plaster.

The ceiling features religious symbols painted by Louis St. Hilaire. Louis had a great fear of heights. So, along with his palette and paints, the artist brought a large bottle of wine to calm his nerves.

You'll notice 41 exquisite stained glass windows, many depicting the life of the Virgin Mary, to whom the church is dedicated. THey were shipped from France in crates of molasses for protection!

There was a completely awe inspiring stone church a litte further up the road...but I decided to save that for another day. I think the drugs I took before the MRI were catching up with me :)


Anonymous said...

You must be very pleased with the photo of the church.It seems to speak to the faith and perserverence of our pioneers. I'd never seen the inside. You provide such treats for sore eyes.
Was the rosary made of rope(or chain) and glass fishing floats still on the grass outside?
Also so glad you got to see inside the old house and that the ghosts were good hosts.

Pat MacKenzie said...

What amazing photos - especially the first one. The sky is a beautiful backdrop to the church.