Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in between. Architects and artists since the beginning of Christianity have used brick and mortar, paint and glass to explain theological truths and salvation history. Yet oftentimes, the significance and symbolism of and within churches is overlooked. This series aims to explain the art and architecture of diocesan churches, so that the faithful can better appreciate the beauty around them.
The tabernacle — God's presence on earth
What is a baldacchino?
Using architecture as catechesis
Architecture from steeples to domes
Where heaven meets earth
Parts of the sanctuary
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