Photoblog : Trinity Church

One of the things I love about the Trinity Church is its location — allowing for it to be photographed reflected* against the shimmering glass windows of the John Hancock Tower — an image that I think nicely symbolizes the blending of old and new — much like the city of Boston itself! However, I was quite pleased with the picture-postcard like feel of this shot, taken from the main entrance, so I went with this one instead for today’s photoblog. (*my attempt at capturing the reflection)

Trinity Church
Trinity Church
Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts

Some tourist-guide type background information on the church —

Trinity Church is located in the middle of Copley Square, nestled between the Hancock Tower (I M Pei’s famous and controversial creation) and the Boston Public Library. Built between 1873 and 1877, it is considered a classic example of French Romanesque architecture in the United States — a style now known as Richardson Romanesque after the church’s architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The church also boasts of gorgeous stained glass murals by American artist John La Farge. If interested, checkout this slideshow on the church’s website that gives you a virtual tour of the insides.

26 thoughts on “Photoblog : Trinity Church

  1. Deepak

    Hi Megha! Do check my blog today – what a spooky coincidence!!! (I am referring to “allowing for it to be photographed reflected against the shimmering glass windows”)

    Cheers!

  2. Megha

    [Deepak] Uncanny indeed! Guess we’ve been in a bit of a reflective mood eh? ;)

    By the way, I had the reflected image link in my blog point elsewhere on the web at first, but have since modified it to point to my own handiwork. So do check it out!

  3. . : A : .

    The picture of Trinity Church reflected against the shimmering glass windows of the John Hancock Tower that you have taken is absolutely amazing. It just fits in so perfectly. The blending of the old and the new indeed!

    :-)

  4. Megha

    [. : A : .] Its nice when a picture tells a story .. and this one sorta does that about Boston, which makes me happy! Glad ya liked it. And nice to see ya back :)

    [pingoo] Thankoo! Taken with a Canon Powershot A80, this one. How was your desh visit? :)

  5. Rajesh J Advani

    Wow. I mean wow. I mean really really wow!

    What a picture! It’s like a jigsaw puzzle done in 10 feet glass! The word “Beautiful” falls short!

    Specially liked the way the curch reflects off the three dimensional surface of the JH Tower.

    And the church looks so… Legoland. No?

    Btw, is Pei the chap who designed that glass pyramid thingy outside the Louvre? (Me no art geek, please. Got this out of “The Da Vinci Code”.)

  6. Megha

    [Rajesh] Thank you. I mean thank you. I mean really really thank you ;) Okie, but seriously, thank you for such high praise!

    Yeah I do like the way the reflection of the church wraps around the tower.. as for the main photoblog image, I like it more for the vivid and vibrant colors, a level of contrast I don’t see in the reflected image. Hence my slight bias.

    Yes, I M Pei is indeed the designer of the glass and steel pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre.

    [Free Spirit] Thank you! Nice to see ya around :)

  7. pingoo

    Desh visit was awesome !! jam-packed if I might add. A festival, a wedding, a train journey and lots of going around the town ..what more could one ask for :)..aaah bliss it was :)

    There is an NG special going on now called “Unlocking Da Vinci Code” ….Dan Brown is there, interesting stuff.

  8. Hifzur

    Absolutely stunning architecture. And a great pic. Wish you had posted/taken and posted, a close up of the intricate work on the Church walls. Maybe something you can do next when you are walking around with the Canon PowerShot A80 next :)

  9. Megha

    [pingoo] Sounds perfect! Can’t wait to go home myself.. and train travel in desh.. nothing quite like it! *sigh*

    Watched a few minutes of the NG special, but considering that I belong to the 2.23% of the population who has not YET read The Da Vinci Code, watching this will either a) not make a lot of sense or worse b) spoil parts of the book for me. So have duly switched channels for now :)

    [Hifzur] Ah thank you, it is indeed a beautiful building! I got a few shots of the work on the exterior as well, so will post them one of these days. And the interior .. it so deserves a trip in itself !

  10. pingoo

    “train travel in desh.. nothing quite like it! *sigh*”
    Yup so true ! planning a trip soon ? :)

    “Watched a few minutes of the NG special, but considering that I belong to the 2.23% of the population who has not YET read The Da Vinci Code, watching this will either a) not make a lot of sense or worse b) spoil parts of the book for me. So have duly switched channels for now :)”

    lol..I hear ya :)..also, they did show the glass pyramid at Louvre, it was lovely !!

  11. Megha

    “Yup so true ! planning a trip soon ? :)”Hopefully! Summer of 2005 maybe :)

    “lol..I hear ya :)..also, they did show the glass pyramid at Louvre, it was lovely !!”Ah nice! Did you know that the pyramid generated lots of controversy when they first came out with the idea? Critics felt that the style of the contemporary glass and steel structure was audacious and that it would clash with the Baroque (I think it is?) style of the Louvre.

    In fact, structures designed by I M Pei (The Pyramid at the Louvre, John Hancock Tower – Boston, Bank of China Building – Hong Kong) have often stirred up controversy, either at conception itself or during/after construction.

    Just some trivia :)

  12. Sidharth

    Boston is probably the only city in the US which has so many beautiful old buildings.Its like walking into an old european city.So unlike the other cities which are just concrete and more concrete!

    btw,do you go to Harvard?

  13. shantanu

    hey Megha…adding u to my blogroll so that i remember to visit u regularly…
    and yeah, u might consider adding a doodleboard/shoutbox to ur blog for unrelated comments like these…
    bbye… :-)

  14. Megha

    [Mustang] I agree that the tree branches take away some focus, but on the other hand they give the image a depth it would have otherwise lacked. Just my amateur opinion. Plus the green contrasts well with the brown of the church walls and the blue of the sky, I think.

    Thank you for the input though. Shall keep it in mind next time i’m clicking away! :)

    [Sidharth] So true! They often say that Boston is the closest one can get to Europe without actually going there, and that’s not just in a geographic sense. Its a wonderful city steeped in old world historic charm & culture yet very young, cosmopolitan and liberal in its outlook. All in all, an awesome place to live in!

    Nah, don’t go to Hah-vad. At least not yet! :)

    [shantanu] I’ve always wanted to provide a way for readers to leave unrelated-to-a-specific-post type comments, but most doodleboards i’ve found on the web look rather messy and cluttered. But the hunt is on, so if you see one, do suggest? Oh and thank you for adding me to your blogroll! Hope to see you around! :)

  15. Calvin

    Hi megha,
    Nice name, one of my cousin has the same name. Thanks for the wishes. Was wondering how did u get to my blog. Did I leave any comments here?

  16. Megha

    [suneet] Humaare jasoos chaaron kone mein phaile hue hain .. well you get the picture. You’re welcome to spy of course :)

    [sk] Thank you! :) Do come again!

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