Chapel of St. Basil

Chapel of St. Basil

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The day we visited the Chapel of St. Basil coincided with French Mass. There were dozens of children running around the church yard, dressed in their Sunday best speaking and screaming in French. Inside the chapel itself an organist and singer were practicing for service. It all felt very surreal and beautiful. The chapel is located inside St. Thomas University, and was designed by Philip Johnson in 1997. The structure is made of many beautiful curves and stark edges, and has a neutral color pallet making the chapel a centerpiece in the University. There are no interior lights, and there is no need for any with ample light from skylights and candles. You can read more about the theology and architecture on the St. Thomas website, and you can visit the chapel anytime. It’s open to the public.

※ photographs by dc

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