Urban landscapes: the place for worship & contemplation
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL BASILICA, TORONTO, ONTARIO
Given this cathedral is in Canada’s largest city, I walked in expecting an ornate interior similar to what I encountered at cathedrals in Newfoundland (https://wp.me/p2ccTX-15a) and Quebec (https://wp.me/p2ccTX-cq).
That this cathedral’s creators were satisfied with something less overwhelming didn’t lessen my interest in appreciating and photographing the awe-inspiring space.
The city’s first bishop, Michael Power, was instrumental in the cathedral’s construction. He arranged to buy the land (part of the cost coming out of his pocket) in 1845 and construction began that year.
The bishop never saw the cathedral completed; he died two years later from typhus, contracted while ministering to sick people who fled famine-era Ireland. The building, designed by Anglo-Canadian architect William Thomas, was dedicated and consecrated in 1848.
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