I am not a particularly religious person but there is something about old churches,cathedrals and other places of religious worship that attracts me. It’s as if the designers & builders excel themselves when it comes to these buildings and they often build them in some magnificent locations!
This country church in Tasmania is no exception. Unusually, it is quite a way from the nearest town, set on a hill at the end of a narrow lane and surrounded by farmland. The only thing you see is the spire rising above the trees and I would guess that most people drive past oblivious to it’s presence.
The church yard is probably one of the most peaceful places I have ever been in my life, all you hear is the birds and the wind sighing softly in the trees, very tranquil indeed.
Tasmania has not only great opportunities for landscape photography but due to it’s well preserved heritage buildings, many towns have some brilliant old architecture to photograph!
I had seen photos of this church in Evandale and seeing as I was staying my last night in Tas. close by, I thought I would swing by and check it out. Luckily the late evening sun was at the right angle and bathed the church in some beautiful golden light. Perfect timing, as I wasn’t expecting to get this lucky!
After making the most of this opportunity I looked across the road and noticed another interesting looking church.
Although the light wasn’t particularly great I took a couple of shots anyway for a record. next time I am here I will definately visit this one again. In the right light, I can see a lot of potential with this church!
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?