Keeping the Faith.
Having been made to attend Sunday School in a very uninspiring little country church when I was young, I came to the conclusion that religion was not something that was going to have a big influence on my life. The other conclusion I came to was that, if you were that way inclined, there were far better places to worship than a church, like out amongst nature itself!
To this day I still hold to these tenants, however I am always intrigued & inspired by some of the magnificent cathedrals,mosques and locations that they are situated.
In Greece the monastaries were always found in some of the most remote,wild and scenic places on the islands. How they got the materials to those places would surely test ones faith!
Walking around Salisbury cathedral in England was awe-inspiring. The scale, history and craftmanship of places like that will never be seen again. In Barcelona, La Sagrida Famiglia is mind boggling along with most of Gaudi’s other projects!
In Istanbul, the Blue Mosque is an architectural wonder. The people who built these places perservered sometimes for centuries because of their faith which must have been strong. Ken Follett’s book “Pillars of the Earth” is a great read that describes the building of one of the big English Cathedrals.
While we don’t have cathedrals of the same scale here in Australia we do have some beautiful churches that were built by master craftsmen
This church is in a little town called Westbury in Tasmania which still has quite a few old buildings from the convict days.
But I was reminded the other day that you don’t need a big ornate building to inspire your faith, sometimes all you need is a quiet place with a nice view and some basic materials.
This little outdoor chapel is surrounded by Hoop Pine and coconut palms, sits right on the water facing the sunset on Mandalay Point just across the bay from Airlie Beach.
Kinda cool huh?