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Report - Catholic Church, Philadelphia, USA - 17/12/07

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by kts262, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. kts262

    kts262 28DL Full Member
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    I actually went this place about a month ago but better late than never right?

    This large church was built in 1903 by the local community of recent Italian immigrants this old stone church now sleeps quietly within a community burdened by poverty, violence and drug use. As the city's Catholic community moved further and further out of town the local Diocese began to close under-utilized churches and unfortunately this is one of the ones that was closed. In the 10 blocks that surround this church I found 14 other former Catholic churches which really shows you how the neighborhood has changed over the years. A few were still active, only being shut down for a year, a few have been sold off to other congregations, and a few are still sitting there waiting for their fate. I have a few more trips planned soon. :)

    This place takes up an entire city block and consists of the large church, a parish house, and a large school. The church has a large altar/church upstairs and a smaller one downstairs.

    A charter school (private school funded with state and federal funds since they local school system sucks basically) is operating on the grounds in trailers currently. They are rebuilding the school which was burned out a few years ago, only the stone exterior remains. They plan to rehab the school, tear down the parish house, and then the church. There is a SLIM chance that the upstairs church can be used as a gym and the lower part a parking garage, but most likely it will be torn down. :(

    This place has been popular with the area explorers for a while but I just never got around to it. It's now being worked on so it was a bit tricker to get in but we still managed to find ourselves a way in. :)

    I was speechless the entire time I was there taking the place in. Over all I'm not too happy with a lot of these shots, but I guess that's just because I don't think this place can be captured by film or digital. The feeling of awe from seeing it with your own eyes just can't compare.

    I definitely plan to go back soon since it's worth every bit of the drive there and back to enjoy it's beauty.

    et justice pour tous
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    the ceiling of amazement and how i failed
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    consummatum est
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    left at the altar
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    sweeping up
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    7.5
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    peeking
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    something's missing
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    looking up
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    a see of gold
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    cold and dark
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    for whom the bell tolls
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    one last look
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    dark stairs
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    wash up
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    maxwell house
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    lower altar
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    looking out
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    less than 88 keys
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    stairway to trouble
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    inviting
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    you forgot your drawers
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    MIA
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    opening the door
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    shit
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