Sunday, 7 May 2017

Places of Worship

1982-1988 Irish Architecture
This is a church built as a royal chapel for Cormac McCarthy which was consecrated in 1134 and today is called Cormac's Chapel.  Because of a crozier found in his tomb it is thought that Cormac was not only a king but also a bishop.  This Romanesque chapel in County Tipperary can be found on the Rock of Cashel, traditional seat of the kings of Ulster for hundreds of years.
1982-1988 (Drawings Michael Craig; Graphics Peter Wildbur)
A 6th Century Oratorium sits on the uninhabited rocky red granite St MacDara Island off the coast of County Galway.  MacDara is the patron saint of fishermen so every year in July people travel to the island from Carna for mass and a blessing of boats to keep them safe for the coming year. (Seafarers Pilgrimage photos here)

Churches, chapels and monasteries appeared on Brazil's Cultural Heritage definitives of 1986-88

St Lawrence of the Indians church, Sao Roque
St Francis's Monastery, Olinda
St Anthony's Chapel, Sao Roque

When the stamp below was issued in 1925, the illustration was referred to as the "new" Sofia Cathedral.

The gilt domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world, can hold 10,000 people and is also a symbol of the city.  Construction started in 1882 and was completed in 1912.

The oldest of the structures featured on my stamps today is
1931-41: Land and People
the square minaret of the Grand Mosque in Tunis which was built in 732. 
Lastly is a church with a beautiful view of Lake Lugano, the church of San Georgio Castagnola. In the background is Monte San Salvatore where you can ride a funicular to the top and find a 80m high TV tower and from whose viewing platform one can enjoy a 360 degree vista of lake, land and mountains.

An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Places of worship - pray visit See It On A Postcard


FinnBadger said...

Wonderful variety today. I really like the simple black and white of the first one.

Bob Scotney said...

A+++ for this post Joy, lovely selection. Pleased to learn about the Ireland stamps.

viridian said...

Thank you for sharing information about each of these structures on the stamps.

violet s said...

I'm quite taken with the Tunisian stamp and the writing bordering the sides.
And with the detail in the Irish ones.
The Brazilian ones have interesting shadows.
I cannot imagine any church holding so many people as the one in Sofia!

John Edwards said...

The first two are especially attractive.