Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out. Whether it’s a breathtaking triumph or a total train wreck.  In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

Cathedral in Sydney near Hyde Park

St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

Sydney was colonised on 26 January 1788, as a penal settlement governed in the name of King George III by Captain Arthur Phillip, for prisoners transported from Britain. A good number of the people to arrive in Sydney at that time were military, some with wives and family. There were also a number of free settlers.

The first chaplain of the colony was the Reverend Richard Johnson of the Church of England. No specific provision was made for the religious needs of those many convicts and settlers who were Roman Catholics. To redress this, an Irish Catholic priest, a Father O’Flynn, travelled to the colony of New South Wales but, as he arrived without government sanction, he was sent home.

It was not until 1820 that two priests, Father Conolly and Father John Therry, arrived to officially minister to the Roman Catholics in Australia. Father Conolly went to Tasmania and Father Therry remained in Sydney.

Therry claimed that on the day of his arrival, he had a vision of a mighty church of golden stone dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary raising its twin spires above the city of Sydney.  This vision came to pass, but not until after 180 years and three intermediate buildings.(Source:  Wikipaedia).

St Mary’s is the manifestation of Father Therry’s vision.

This post is in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and also as part of the NaBloPoMo blogging challenge to post something each day in November.



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