Friday, 30 December 2011

Rookwood, St Michael the Archangel Chapel

St Michael the Archangel Chapel is a Roman Catholic Church in Rookwood Cemetery. This back view of the sandstone building, which was constructed from 1886, showcases the bell tower and the bronze statue of St Michael, the Archangel. This cast statue was installed in 2007 and is the third to adorn this chapel. The original was struck by lightning and destroyed and its replacement also suffered the same fate in 1995. The new statue has been provided with a lightning arrestor to avert another strike.
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35 comments:

  1. And they say lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice Jim!! Lovely old chapel.

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  2. Great building. Happy New Year Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Magnificent photo, Jim! I love the contrast between the cool sky and the warm building tones!

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  4. Historical grand old chapel you've capture. A lot of memories here. Great shot, happy New Year ! :0)

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  5. So beautiful!
    I wish you a Happy NewYear!

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  6. That's an interesting story about the need for a lightening rod. For some reason I like round stone buildings.

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  7. Beautiful, Jim, with the archangel and the bell against the blue of the sky.

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  8. What a pretty chapel and the sky is gorgeous too. The statue is beautiful. Great photo! Happy Skywatching and I wish you a very Happy & Healthy New Year!

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  9. Marvelous capture, Jim, and such a beautiful old chapel! Perfect against those blue, blue skies! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

    Sylvia

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  10. Fascinating about the lightning Jim. Great shot and hope that you have a wonderful photo-filled 2012! Best wishes, Rae

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  11. that is really stunning! have a fabulous new year ahead!

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  12. Happy New Year and thanks for visiting through the year. Take care.

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  13. Nice building. I like the different types of stone and rock work.

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  14. I like the colors - cool blue sky and warm stone building.
    Best wishes for the New Year!
    Lea
    Mississippi, USA

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  15. You have captured this wonderful old chapel beautifully Jim.

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  16. A lovely sandstone chapel and an interesting story.

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  17. What a lovely little church and a stunning blue sky!

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  18. Happy new year! I'm looking forward to more of your beautiful skies in 2012!

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  19. Graceful bell tower against the blue sky with mild flaky clouds is a brilliant capture!

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  20. Great architecture! Best wishes for 2012, J Bar.

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  21. Jim, could you maybe just add a link back to the 'Taphophile Tragics' meme, please?

    I have an image of this chapel in my folder from my one and only visit to Rookwood. I must go through them all to check what I do have.

    I have scheduled a visit to Waverley Cemetery next Sunday. Just stocking up ...

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  22. Amazing that lightning should strike this bell tower twice! A very impressive structure!

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  23. Julie, no worries. I have added a link back now. :)

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