Saturday, May 10, 2014

Photo of the Day: Riverside Church Entrance, NYC

Located on the edge between the Morningside Heights and Harlem communities, Riverside Church has been a major presence in the spiritual life of New York since 1841. I snapped this photo while visiting the area a month ago. Other pictures I took of this institution would have given an idea of its physical immensity (100 feet wide, covering two city blocks), but I chose this one because the ornate detail at the entrance calls to mind its original inspiration: the 13th Century Gothic cathedral in Chartres, France.

For a half hour before and after 11 am services on Sunday, then again from 3 to 3:58 pm the same day, you can hear the magnificent Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, given to the church by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in the 1920s in memory of his mother.

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