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Old Posted Mar 26, 2016, 7:41 PM
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Here's St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica. The claim to fame of this church is that it has the tallest granite spire in North America. The base was built in 1820; the ironstone used on the sides hints at the original age of the structure. The granite facade wasn't completed until 1870.


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That one has a beautiful design. That steeple is centered? That's interesting.
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Oh I almost forgot about my favourite church in all of Calgary...

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I have to say you're very correct in pointing out that St. John's is a serious rival to Halifax for oldest British stuff within Canada's current borders. Though Halifax used to own that category -- before 1949.
The Annapolis Royal area is also older than Halifax and came under British control in 1713. Annapolis Royal has an interesting collection of architecture from that period and some buildings (original and reconstructed, like Port Royal) that predate 1713. A tour of the Annapolis Valley, Halifax, and Cape Breton covers an impressive number of historic sites, similar to what you see travelling around the St. Lawrence Valley.

Halifax isn't very old for the East Coast but it was an important administrative centre and naval base from very early on. It was one of the primary British naval bases starting the 1770's and at one point it was the administrative centre for the whole area that's now the Maritimes, plus part of Maine. Many of the significant "firsts" happened there because it was well-developed, not just because it was the oldest and therefore technically the first place to get the standard trappings of any typical colonial town of the era. I am thinking of developments like the elected assembly and newspaper. Quebec City is much older but developed those things slightly later (and for one reason or another didn't during 150 years of French rule). The Maritimes generally were at the forefront of a lot of social and technological developments from around the late 1700's up until the late-Victorian period. Many of the historic sites in NS tie in with these stories and are less about architecture specifically.
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Damn, Montreal's church collection is insane.

For a younger city, Edmonton has a fair amount of churches that have been around for a while, the largest and/or best looking ones I've posted below.

This is the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Old Strathcona that was completed in 1913.


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The McDougall United Church, downtown, is about 100 years old but may not last much longer.


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Another century old church downtown is the First Presbyterian Church.


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St. Joachim Catholic Church in Oliver.


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The famous St. Joseph's Basilica right off Jasper Ave. More modest on the exterior, the interior is beautiful and I've always enjoyed seeing it in person as someone not well-travelled. Even though I don't practice any faith, going to Christmas Eve mass here with relatives or for high school mass was a pretty cool experience. Some guy named Wayne Gretzky got married here.





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Robertson-Wesley United Church, located in the west of Oliver.


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One of my favourites is St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in McCauley, just northeast of downtown.


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Knox Free Church, in Old Strathcona.


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St. Barbara's Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in the east part of downtown.

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Sacred Heart Church, on Church Street, a stretch of 96th street in McCauley with numerous churches.


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Old Posted Mar 27, 2016, 12:30 AM
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This is a really beautiful but spooky place, there is a tiny Church behind the Oratoire...I'll start with that.My shots. ,,,
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Another one I like in Edmonton is St. Basil's Church:


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What's interesting about urban Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox churches is that many of the most impressive ones date from the 50s and 60s. When the Ukrainians arrived en masse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they didn't have a pot to piss in which meant very basic and humble churches. As the community became more settled and prosperous, they began building bigger, more impressive church buildings. Because that didn't happen until the post war era, many of the later churches built in that boom period were decidedly modern in design and led to the strange juxtaposition of very traditional Ukrainian Catholic styles with hyper-modern 1960s North American architecture.

Another example of that is the church I grew up attending, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg. I'm sure many of the old-timers from the old country who were there when this opened in 1964 must not have been quite sure what to make of it!


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Old Posted Mar 27, 2016, 12:40 AM
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If this were a city vs city, we'd all be invoking the mercy rule against Montreal by now
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2016, 12:45 AM
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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal my night shot.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2016, 12:48 AM
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St Mark Greek


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If this were a city vs city, we'd all be invoking the mercy rule against Montreal by now
If this were a race, Montreal would be sitting on the podium, smoking a cigarette waiting for the silver medalist to cross the finish line.

Anyway, here are some churches in Peterborough County, Ontario. Finding good church pictures is tough! Their congregations are dwindling and not very internet savvy, and people don't generally pay much attention to them.

St. John's Anglican:



St. Paul's Presbyterian:



St. Andrew's United:



George St. United (formerly George St. Methodist). It's the tallest church spire in Peterborough, but there are no good contemporary pictures.





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Christ Church, Lakefield, ON



Keene United Church, Keene, ON

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I imagine experts could easily guess where a particular church is from based on the stone used. They seem to be very uniform by region.
I agree, it's interesting to see how materials can be very local.

For example, upstate NY just over the Quebec border has plenty of red sandstone churches. I generally love that material.

For example: Trinity Episcopal, Potsdam NY, built 1835.

There are plenty more like that. Every little town seems to have a few! In Northern Vermont too.

This type of stone was used in Quebec as well.





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The interiors of a lot of these church's are trying too hard to be awe inspiring (imo). Notre Dame is like that.

Now this is incredible...


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So much money wasted
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They are worth it.
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