This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 2

November 9, 2014 3:03 PM

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This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 2

This small wooden church of rudimentary beauty and technical simplicity built on the high bank of the Vistula in Poland is a place of meditation and prayer for the local community. The privately funded building is made entirely of wood with no windows except for one glass wall, which serves as a background for the altar and offers a splendid view over the river and a distant horizon. The steep wooden roof blends seamlessly into the walls; the whole covering is made of small asp chops laid in a pattern. Apart from its function as a spiritual gathering place, the church in Tarnów also strengthened the local community by involving many unskilled local workers in the building process. The technology was therefore kept relatively simple: a concrete slab as a foundation, a timber structure as the main spine of the building plus the wooden cladding. Purely decorative details were completely avoided. (Photo credit: BETON)

Munich's new Church of the Sacred Heart is an open, bright and lively building with a flowing, modular transition from the church- yard through the vestibule into the nave, a clear rejection of the restrictive symbolism of a massive enclosure. The center and focus of the liturgical space is the alta...

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