Flåm Church (Flåm Kyrkje)

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While Flåm Church (Flåm kyrkje), in the old village centre, is visible from the Flåm Railway it is well worth the very easy 3.5kms walk, lovely in itself, out from Flåm to see it. The old brown wooden church and graveyard are beautiful in themselves but absolutely stunning as they are, set nestled by the Flåm river with their beautiful mountain backdrop. Sit on the bench in the graveyard and just look around. You will quickly appreciate how the village originally got its name. Flåm literally means “little place between steep mountains”. Most apt, I am sure you will agree. Continue reading “Flåm Church (Flåm Kyrkje)”

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Australian Centre For Christianity And Culture – Incorporating The Bible Garden

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In 1926 the Church of England (now the Anglican Church of Australia) was granted a prime piece of land overlooking the then Mononglo River (stream), now Lake Burley Griffin. The intent was that a grand cathedral be built on the site and it was thus dedicated for St Mark’s Cathedral. Due to a lack of funds, the Cathedral was never built. Continue reading “Australian Centre For Christianity And Culture – Incorporating The Bible Garden”

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church

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The silver onion dome of St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, generally gleaming in the beautiful Canberra sun, stands out and is seen by thousands each day as the travel along Canberra Avenue between the City and Fyshwick and Queanbeyan. Not many take that extra step, and I didn’t for fifteen years, of detouring the hundred or so metres necessary off Canberra Avenue to visit this rather beautiful church, in the style of 14th century churches found in the Pskov and Novgorod regions of north-west of Russia. Continue reading “St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church”

St Mary Magdalene and Mission Hall

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When nearby St John’s Anglican Church (also known as ‘St John’s in the Wilderness’) in Halifax Street, built in 1839, became to small and was found to be structurally unsound it was decided that a larger replacement, St Mary Magdalene’s, be built in Moore Street. It was to be a mission church in one of Adelaide’s poorest and depressed areas at the time and a spiritual “no man’s land”. (St John’s was also subsequently rebuilt). Continue reading “St Mary Magdalene and Mission Hall”