This is the First Church of Christ, Scientist, home church of the Christian Science religion, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in the second half of the 19th century. The religion in fact has little to do with science, and our guide for a tour of the church said that the question they are most often asked is whether they are the same as Scientology (they're not!). The old church is the smaller building in front, with a relatively short, square tower; this was built in 1894. The much larger church behind it was added in the early 1900s.
Inside a buliding next to the churches is a room, the Mapparium, which consists of a stained glass globe about 30 feet high, which you stand inside of; it is painted with a map of the world dating from 1935 --- just before World War II and, subsequently, independence movements in much of Africa and Asia, greatly changed the map of the world. If you are in the area, it is well worth a stop.
The reflecting pool in the foreground also belongs to the church, and covers a large underground parking lot.
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dta (79525) 2014-05-06 7:59
Hello Roger ,
An amazing Church ! But what impresses me the most , is the high level of the water . Wit your note , we understand that , fortunately ,it is not a river but a pool .
cornejo (43891) 2014-05-06 9:56
Hi Roger, very good picture of this interesting set of two religious buildings, (I like the older one), very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (32112) 2014-05-06 10:07
There are so many elements here that are wonderful for me, the part that looks like a castle, the beautiful dome, the water, and this reflecting pool. Its like the best of architectural design of Bavaria and Rome have combined to make this wonderful place. I have never heard of this church before, but I am chuffed to learn of it here. If ever in the area, this will be a must see for me. You chose a wonderful view too, the light falls on the building in a really nice way, and creates great contrast and shadows, while losing none of the buildings features.
Nicely done on the off centre composition too, a great result. Thanks for sharing this.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-06 11:55
Wow! What an impressive architecture this! Really attractive and well managed presentation shot. Like it! Vey well taken work. TFS.
jcpix (13930) 2014-05-06 16:47
Wow, quite an impressive church...something straight out of Europe by first impression. A delightfully and somewhat odd mixture of architecture, but I like how it all comes together. This is a good angle too, playing to the strengths of big shapes and dimension. Couldn't have asked for a nicer day either, plenty of sunshine to show everything in fine detail. Another new thing learned today from this post. Well done! Enjoy the rest of the evening. Take good care.
Friendly wishes from out West,
abmdsudi (55706) 2014-05-06 21:01
What a grand edifice with the commanding dome dominates the scene emphasised by your impressive shooting angle, composition, diagonals, horizontals and verticals working perfectly allowing you to capture the very best of this magnificent Church with excellent scale proportion. The perspective really draws the eye upwards, great that you certainly have an ability to translate this to the photographic image with consummate skill and your choice of pp has been done both sympathetically and wisely allowing one to fully appreciate the beauty and charm of this wonderful architecture. The pool adds the xtra oomph and beauty of the whole capture, Impressive shot. Congrats and tfs
emka (100989) 2014-05-06 23:51
Hello Roger, Impressive view of this interesting church. It looks a bit strange with one part looking like a castle.
I was also in this church a few years ago and indeed, the mapparium is very curious place. I am not sure if there was water in this reflection pond. Excellent presentation of this unusual building.
WArm regrads MAlgo
snunney (101778) 2014-05-07 4:31
A very interesting contrast in style between these two churches that were built relatively close together time wise as well as space wise. The point of view shows the architecture of both to very good effect in this well exposed composition, perfectly suited to the square frame. Very good colours and excellent rendering of the textural detail.
lousat (93756) 2014-05-07 4:34
Hi Roger,how is nice and very original this church,the architechture is unique,a mix between a cathedral and a castle,spectacular capture made with the best detail and colors and a great 3D effect made by the diagonal light,it seems too old but it had only a hundreds.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jhm (155370) 2014-05-07 5:25
This is the first time that I see these lovely church from Boston.
A lovely picture with the fantastic architecture.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Excellent composition, nice colours and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
delpeoples (58856) 2014-05-09 1:29
There's something very European about this church and its setting. I love the silvery reflections on the water and the squarish framing. I'd never heard of this religion before and thought you were talking about that religion Mr Cruise is into, but I see this pre-dates that and has nothing to do with aliens and Thetans ;) Excellent shot and thank you for your informative note.
Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for your comment on the environment. I was shocked to learn from Ray about the plans to build a gas pipeline the entire length of the USA and Canada, the result of which would leave a wasteland the size of Florida. This is so shocking and so saddening to learn. I hope the little people manage to beat these Goliaths.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-09 8:09
impressive and beautiful Church!
Excellently captured-the pool in the FG is a nice addition to the scene.
macjake (69859) 2014-06-16 11:31
well, here is another piece of architecture that I've never seen from Boston before. Just goes to show how much of Boston that is totally new to me.
Its a city that I must investigate at some point sooner than later. I'll start at the Green Monster haha
I like that you placed the pool in the fg, too bad though there aren't any significant reflections, seems too windy during this specific day.
its a grand church, quite powerful in the frame. nice shot
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1616)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 6:30