Friday, June 12, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Old church

cathedral of st stephen by tff

Australia is a very young country in terms of modern western population, although the land itself is ancient, and its indigenous inhabitants had a viable (if nomadic) lifestyle long before the white settlers arrived to start a penal colony for England.

In my city of Brisbane, this is one of the oldest buildings; the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Stephen. The original cathedral, the smaller building on the right, dates from the early Moreton Bay convict settlement days. It was constructed from 1848 to 1850.

The current cathedral, on the left, was built to replace it in 1863. The two buildings are in current use, even though they are now dwarfed by inner-city office towers and apartment buildings, and they are pictured here beneath the blue sky of a Brisbane winter morning.

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Photo Cache said...

beautiful juxtaposition of the old and the new creating a very interesting skyline. lovely weather.

J Bar said...

Great shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Guy D said...

Wow that is fantastic, perfect composition.

Have a great weekend
Regina In Pictures

Greyscale Territory said...

Gorgeous old church! And it certainly stands proudly like a grand old lady with those other more modern buildings!

Tricia said...

Absolutely beautiful photograph! Very clear & crisp - Wonderful view

Arija said...

I've been to Brizzie a numberr of times but never in the cathedral. Must go there next time, although I prefer th old church really. Nice shot.repreela