The Washington National Cathedral is the 6th largest cathedral in the world, but size isn’t what you notice when you walk in. Ever since an earthquake damaged the Cathedral in 2011, the view of the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows has been interrupted by a dark netting, put in place to catch any loose masonry that could fall from the ceiling. While most of the time the netting definitely detracts from the ambiance, at certain times of day it creates a magical effect – wonderful multicoloured rays of light suspended in the air, created when sunlight streams in through the stained glass windows and glances off the netting at just the right angle. For that, I will forgive the netting interfering with a more straightforward view of the cathedral.
While the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba is famous for its intricate interior, with a Catholic Cathedral nested inside an old Islamic Mosque, the doors dotted around its outside walls harken back very clearly to the original owners of the building.
When we visited the Segovia Cathedral, we were lucky enough to to hear this gentleman practicing on the cathedral’s pipe organ. I’m not sure I would have the self-confidence to play an instrument that required me to practice in front of hundreds of tourists, but perhaps that’s why I’m not a professional musician!
The roof of the Sagrada Família glows gold in the evening light. I would go back to Barcelona just to spend time in this church, exploring it, admiring it, and photographing it, but most of all just to soak in its incredible sense of serenity.