Friday, April 10, 2009

Three Spires

"I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

The construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception began in 1866, under the direction of noted New York architect, Patrick C. Keeley. The walls were almost up, when the July 4, 1866 'great fire' took them to the ground. Work on the structure began again in 1868 and was dedicated on September 8, 1869. The Cathedral has three distinctive steeples, the highest of which soars 204' high and is the tallest structure in Portland, overlooking Portland Harbor and Casco Bay. I love this view of it, against this gray, palette sky, up the Franklin Street Arterial's gently sloping rise.


  1. This is a great shot of the church. I'm glad to see all the scaffolding removed. And this is the most aesthetically pleasing part of Franklin Arterial, don't you think? I've posted three spires today too as a tip of the hat to you, Birdman.

  2. Hey replace the road with dirt and you got yourself a medieval like photo, I like it