Christ Church, steeple

Christ Church, steeple
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Image by Martin LaBar
This is the steeple of Christ Church, in Philadelphia, arguably the most historic church in the United States. At one time, this was the tallest structure in the colonies. The first black minister, in a major denomination, was ordained here. There is a chandelier, with candles, hanging from the ceiling. It was lit this month for a wedding, and also lit for the wedding of Benjamin Franklin’s daughter.

The tour guide said that this church was built around the original building, but that materials from that original building were used to make the steeple, so those materials have been in use since 1695. The newer church (this one) was finished in 1744.

For more on the history of this building, see here.

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859
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Image by Martin LaBar (going on hiatus)
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This is a photo of the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, which, according to the link in this sentence, was both the birthplace and the deathbed of the confederacy, one side of the U. S. Civil war. The church was built in 1859. A sign in front of it says that the confederate army wanted to use the metal of the church’s bell for weapons.

Unfortunately, the church seems to be neglected. There was a bulletin about a service, over a month old, in a sign at the front. If you look carefully, especially at the larger sizes, you can see some loose shingles, or something, in the steeple. There were patches of discoloration/decay all over the walls. It’s too bad that this building needs repair and care. The Bible says that the church is God’s people, not buildings, but buildings are still important in worship.

Although not necessary, steeples are common on top of Christian houses of worship, because, I believe, they symbolize pointing toward heaven.

See the comment by annacablanna, below, who says that the church is still in use.