All you have to do it wander down the street, take a few wrong turns on your way to a market square that you haven’t been to before, with a friend who has been there but doesn’t quite remember where it is, and ta-da! You’ve walked by four churches you’ve never seen before.
The first one, I’ve driven by multiple times (ok, ridden by….David was driving), but it’s not readily apparent that it’s a church. It’s the local Mormon church and it’s neatly tucked in-between some other buildings. It does look just a tad out of place with the other architecture nearby, but it’s actually a historic building. It was used by the Nazi’s during the war. And I only know this because the person I was walking with attends that church.
Next up is this church, it’s an Evangelical Methodist Church. Just about all the other churches here (which are mostly Catholic) are open during the day for anyone to walk in — either to attend a noon service, go to confession, to allow people to come in an sit a moment in prayer, or for “tourist” people like me to come in and gawk and take pictures. The Methodist church however is locked.
Then we wandered past this church. I didn’t pay attention to the name, and not sure it’s an active church as the door was bolted.It is in a slight state of disrepair…the window above the door is broken….but it provides a great place for the pigeons to roost.
Then we finally found the market and this church is right next door. Its the Church of the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.This church was open so in we went. A beautiful (and blurry) view from the back.Looking up you see the inside of the dome.And of course I always have to check out the pipe organ. Considering the cost of a pipe organ (I know because I worked at Ghent United Methodist in Norfolk, VA, that had a pipe organ and the replacement cost was staggering), it never ceases to amaze me that almost every church here has one!