Cathedral of the Madeleine

Cathedral of the Madeleine Ineriro, Salt Lake City, Utah

We can’t leave the topic of beautiful Salt Lake City buildings without showing you the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Its amazing Spanish Gothic interior and colorful Byzantine murals are simply breathtaking.

Cathedral of the Madeleine Chapel

The tabernacle tower, inspired by late medieval design, is the focal point of Madeleine’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel and points toward a striking starry night ceiling depicting the vault of heaven.

Cathedral of the Madeleine Woodwork

Elaborate woodwork, including carvings by Isaac Kirchmayer who was said to be one of America’s most gifted wood carvers, complements the frescos.

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16 Comments on “Cathedral of the Madeleine”

  1. September 26, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Wow. We do like visiting churches, so I guess Salt Lake City should be on our list of places to go!


  2. Pit September 26, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    A wonderful building. Need to see it if I ever get the chance to go to Salt Lake City. Thanks for sharing.


  3. michaelthewriterguy September 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    These are very amazing pieces of work. I am not particularly relgious, but the work that goes into cathedrals are simply amazing.


  4. apple.e.e-s. September 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    one of the most colorful and beautiful photos of a church. good job!


  5. Terri at Time To Be Inspired September 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Fabulous cathedral. I never thought of any churches but the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake, so thanks for showing this one. It is beautiful!


  6. earthriderjudyberman September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Wow! The cathedral is colorful. Magenta columns with teal accents, a royal blue ceiling with tangerine trim, and that ornate woodwork. Just stunning.


  7. harpersfarm September 27, 2012 at 12:00 am #



  8. backthewaywecame September 27, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Wow! Wow! and Wow! again. Amazing.


  9. Elise September 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    This is absolutely amazing!


  10. the drunken cyclist September 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Wow. Amazing!


  11. msdulce October 1, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Stunning! Your recent posts have got me wanting to plan a trip to Salt Lake City!


  12. hermitsdoor October 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Visual art often adorns churches and expresses what words cannot collect. I did not realize that Salt Lake City has such an ornate cathedral. Shall I assume that this is catholic (don’t we all assume that all churches in Utah are LDS?).


    • Brian October 2, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Sure is. We Catholics sure do know how to gussy up a church. LOL


      • hermitsdoor October 3, 2012 at 6:38 am #

        At the risk of imposing a protestant’s view on catholics, how do you work out the getting to confession-mass thing each week with your travels? At least the church is less likely to “dienfranchise” you the way Texas is trying (referring to another post of yours). I have found (even as a protestant) that attending churchs around the world, in foriegn languages including Latin, is quite revealing about the local culture. Listening and observing, whether the weathered cliffs of the southwest or thousands of years of liturgy brings us closer. Guess that’s not much of a good, righteous protestant mind-set, huh?


        • Brian October 3, 2012 at 9:37 am #

          The western hemisphere is lousy with churches. You can’t miss them if you tried.


  13. NewLifeOnTheRoad (@NewLifeOnRoad) October 15, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    WOW – never seen anything like that before! Incredible art detail has gone into the Cathdral 🙂 Wonder how long it took to build?


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