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This bookstore in Stillwater, Minnesota specializes in “providing discerning readers with hard-to-find scholarly and classic Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and related books…” The panotour you see here will be serving as a memorial of sorts to the bookstore housed in an old church. The owners are moving the business to a new location in the late fall of 2012. The church building is located in the quaint town of Stillwater in the St. Croix River Valley just east of St. Paul, Minnesota. I feel very fortunate to have come across this bookstore before they moved. Quite a unique place. Hopefully, some day I will make it to their new location also.
This very beautiful church in the “FrogTown” area of Saint Paul, Minnesota is the home of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale. It is one of only a handful of Churches dedicated to maintaining the Catholic Church’s tradition of musical excellence in the context of the Sacred Liturgy. The Chorale presents a full season of choral Masses with orchestra by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Herzogenberg. This church was founded by Austrian and Bavarian immigrants and is modeled on Kloster Schlaegel, a monastery church in Austria.
The historic Chapel of the National Shrine of St. Anthony in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio was consecrated on Thanksgiving Day 1889, a little more than a year after the cornerstone was laid. This tour has several high resolution panoramas with numerous feature detail photos. There are also some historic photos showing the chapel with the paint decorating as applied by the artist Johann Schmitt. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis for over 35 years. Having an obvious devotion to St. Francis, Schmitt left a legacy of interesting paintings of St. Francis in several American churches. All the murals were painted over or removed in 1978.
Originally serving as a monastery and a house for novitiates, today the Shrine serves as the candidate house for those considering entering the Franciscan Order.
A special thanks to the staff of the Franciscan archives for allowing me to select some old photos to include in this tour.
The International Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Waukesha is also home to a Schoenstatt Shrine and The Province House of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. This tour features the facility in a lovely mantel of winter weather. I have several detail views included so be sure to explore all the “hot spots.” Give the panoramas time to load as this tour is optimized for fast connections and big monitors. Click here or the picture above to start your visit.
Cincinnati City Hall, the government seat for the City of Cincinnati, is across 8th St. from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, the spiritual seat for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and that is across the street from the Plum Street Temple, one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States
The Catholic faith came to New Mexico with the Franciscans in 1598. The city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and the original church was built in that same year. This church was built in 1886. Of special interest is the La Conquistadora Chapel which is largely made from the remains of the church which was built in 1714 after the original building was destroyed in the Indian Revolt of 1680. It also contains a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought to Santa Fe in 1626.
St. Mark’s Church in Cincinnati, Ohio was recently shut down and the community merged with a few other small parish communities at another location. It is currently being utilized by a group that hopes to be able to restore the church for use as a dedicated parish centered on the traditional latin liturgy. Click on the above image to take a virtual tour through St. Mark’s Church via 10 different interactive panoramas.
Here are several 360 panoramas from the long abandoned “Reformed Church.” Lots of texture and clutter here!
This is a beautiful Basilica located in Covington, Kentucky that I produced a 360 VR panorama of several years ago. I recently went back and did a full blown 360 interactive tour this time. Click the image above to visit the tour page.
This beautiful Basilica in Milwaukee is worth a visit, meanwhile take a virtual tour to see it for yourself.
Here is a Virtual Tour featuring multiple viewpoints (nodes) of Holy Family Church in Dayton, Ohio. This church is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and is the only parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati where The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and all the Sacraments are celebrated according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite exclusively.
Here are a few panos from the amazing cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota.
That quote was taken from a comprehensive description of the Chapel found here.
Here is one of two new panoramas that I made of St. Rose Church. The interior was recently repainted so I returned to document the new look. Be sure to visit the St. Rose page to see both panos and find links to the previous tour so that you can compare for yourself the old and the new.
The people of All Saints Parish wanted to create a building in which the sacred is evident and that is modest and simple yet beautiful. They hired design architect Duncan Stroik, whose firm specializes in ecclesiastical design, to help them achieve their goal. Not only did they succeed in their goal but also have proven “it is still possible to build a beautiful church in an ordinary parish with a limited budget.” See all the panoramas here.
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