Thursday Doors: St. John’s Cathedral

Having lost my passport for the first time in thirty plus years of living overseas, I felt disgruntled making my way to the consulate to apply for a new one.  The trip from my flat took nearly two hours.  It involved a bus, a boat, a train and lots of walking.  The last bit included trudging up a steep incline.

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I finished filling out the forms and raising my right hand to swear the information was all true.  The process didn’t take long and was quite efficient.  But, I still felt a bit discouraged.  Strolling back down the hill toward the train, church bells sounded in the near distance.  My attention was drawn to St. John’s cathedral along the same street.

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Having lived in Hong Kong for years, I had never taken the time to discover the church or the grounds. Moved by the bells, I walked in that direction and slid through the gates which were open to visitors.

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St. John’s Cathedral is the oldest Anglican church in the Far East.

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This historic cathedral sits amongst the skyscrapers of Central on Hong Kong Island.

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It was built in 1849 and the first service was held on March 11ththat year.

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The beautiful architectural style is an adaptation of 13thcentury English and Decorated Gothic which originated in France.

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Walking through one massive wooden door at the back of the church, I sat and reflected.  The ambiance was so peaceful.

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It turned out to be a day of joyful discovery.  I returned home much happier than I left.

 

* This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice to know that the stress of losing a passport could have a pleasurable benefit! Stunning church and Gothic doors! Hope to see you more here, but for a more fun reason:)

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    1. So true, looking for the bright side. Thanks for your comment, it was a wonderful find. I’ll have to stop back by again and enjoy the ambiance. So nice to see you here in the blogshere. =)

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  2. JT Twissel says:

    I almost had my passport stolen in Paris – that was frightening.

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    1. I’m so sorry, Jan, that must have been scary. Hope you are well!

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    I can’t believe how well maintained this one is considering how old it is.

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  4. Rowena says:

    Such an interesting post, This Church looks rather familiar and reminiscent of Churches here in Sydney although I’ve looked at a few and they don’t bear a significant similarity. I really like the juxtaposition of the old Church and the modern skyscrapers, although the new buildings do seem to be suffocating the Church a bit. I visited Hong Kong in 1989. Fascinating place.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. I’m so glad you visited Hong Kong, it is a fascinating place. And 1989 was a tumultuous time, all around the world. Thanks, Rowena! =)

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