September 2017 - Victoria BC
St. Andrew's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral for the diocese of Victoria. Built in the High Victorian Gothic style, St. Andrew's was Victoria's third cathedral to be built. (The first, 1858–1884, is now the Chapel of St. Ann's Academy on Humboldt Street; the second, 1884–1892, was on the site behind the current building now occupied by the St. Andrew's Square office building.)
Based on the plans for a church built in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Perrault and Mesnard borrowed much from the medieval architecture of European churches. The double asymmetrical towers are typical of Quebec churches and a characteristic of the High Victorian Gothic style. This was an attempt to follow the "unfinished" look that made fourteenth and fifteenth century churches popular.
The main tower boasts a 175 ft (53 m) spire that was designed to hold a clock and a set of bells.
The cathedral also displays a carved lectern by artist Roy Henry Vickers. It depicts a black and red image of Christ, representing the crucified Christ and the risen Christ.
Bishop Modeste Demers, the first Bishop of Victoria.
Charles John Seghers, the second and fourth Bishop, murdered in Alaska.
Rt. Rev. John J. Jonckau, a former Vicar General of the Diocese of Victoria who was named as Bishop but died before being consecrated.
There is a monument outside commemorating these three bishops.
Beautiful inside and out.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful cathedral love the interior and that huge rose windowReplyDelete
What a beauty!ReplyDelete
...that steeple is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Very original. I am delighted.
The Indigenous art was unexpected, but delightful to see.ReplyDelete