The Ethiopian Church on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Image by eriktorner
"One of the doors on the roof leads to the Ethiopian monks’ chapel.
This is separated from a passageway by a green-painted railing, leaving just room for four pairs of benches on each side of a Persian carpet-runner before a simple screen of dark, silver-painted wood.
In the centre, a horseshoe-arch opens to the high altar, hung with white silk, beneath an icon of the Virgin and Child.
Ethiopians speak the ancient Semitic language of Amharic. They worship in the even more ancient dead language of Ge’ez. Their liturgy if full of surprises. As well as Sunday, Saturday is a holy day, and in each church the Ark of the Covenant is revered. Indeed Axum cathedral is said to house the Ark once kept in the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple."
Extract from a fine piece by Christopher Howse in the Telegraph. Read more:
The nave (facing west) with late-15C brick clerestory and hammerbeam roof, All Saints Church, Hopton, Suffolk, England
Image by Hunky Punk
"The church has a well-proportioned interior. The nave is covered by a magnificent hammer beam and arch braced low pitched roof. The wooden carved figures with their ermine collars are holding symbols of the church’s worship and sacraments. These figures were re-painted by the daughters of Reverend Henry Downton in 1879, using boson’s chairs to reach such heights. Perhaps the carved figures represent local ‘townsmen’ who paid handsomely for such a fine clerestory using expensive Tudor brick. They fared better than the angels sitting on the wall post[s] which were mutilated and made headless in the Cromwellian period." –from the church guide booklet
Roof detail, First Chinese Church of Christ
Image by Joel Abroad
Roof detail, First Chinese Church of Christ, S. King St., Honolulu, May 2009: design competition won by architect Hart Wood in 1923