Friday, 13 May 2016

St. John's Church, Launceston, Tasmania.

On Good Friday it was a lovely day so hence I set off to take some photos of our small city.  Beginning with St Johns Church, is an Anglican church in Launceston, Tasmania and the oldest church in the city having started construction in 1824. Though the church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Australia, it has received numerous extensions and modifications with only the tower and first window pair of the nave being original. St John's Church is located on the corner of St John Street and Elizabeth Street and is one of five churches facing onto Prince's Square.

Behind the church up on the hill is St. Vincent's Hospital where I did my training.
The clock you see in the photo used to strike every hour, for me that was good.
Town clock is not too far away and that could be heard also, so town clock stuck first, then the Church clock.  Handy when one had to be on duty at 6am in the morning.












55 comments:

  1. Beautiful building! I love the architecture and red tones.

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  2. what a lovely site! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Looks as if there was plenty of money about to build it back then.

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  4. Margaret the church is really impressive one. And it is similar to European churches which werte built from brick at that time

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  5. It is beautiful the architecture of the church. The rosette has wonderful details.

    Kisses

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    1. They sure do have good detail and the church is maintained which helps.

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  6. Thank for bring this beautiful structure alive

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  7. I just love all the colours in the brickwork of these buildings, and it is always good to see trees to!

    Hope your week is going well

    All the best Jan

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    1. There are so many colours isn't there.
      Ah, trees :)Softens the harsh brick.

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  8. Love those colours.
    And the architecture. I have a friend in Launceston. Some day I will get there...

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    1. Hopefully you will get to Launceston and then you can catch up with me if you wish.

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    2. If and when I do, I would love to catch up with you.

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  9. Seems that in days of early settlement, the money that
    must have gone into Church building in today's equivalent
    was/is astronomical! ???

    I hope that unlike above commenter - my comment doesn't re-appear on the hour. Very strange indeed???
    Colin

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    1. The cost today, be a staggering price. Plus all the red tape that goes with it.
      Deleted the repeat comment - blogger problem no doubt. I'm sure you have come across it before.

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  10. Seeing bricks of different colors is amazing. I say again, Australian architecture is very interesting.

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    1. It's certainly not boring looking at the bricks, and I do believe the brick in our house though of similar colour have many colours in them as the church does.

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  11. A handsome building indeed. The tower, with its simpler style, does look older.

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    1. I'm not sure what part was built first - it may well have been the tower. It's a great looking church.

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  12. That is a beautiful old style church. Lovely colours too. Handy to have the clocks strike to wake yu up for work.

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  13. Wow.... 1824 and still so well maintained.

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    1. When I looked at building I was amazed at how good it was for it's age too.

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    1. It is :) Then your State has lovely churches so I have been told.

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  15. Schöne Kirche gemauert mit vielen Ziegelsteinen und Formsteinen finde ich besonders schön und erhaltenswert.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  16. the color and shape is very beautiful!

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  17. Beautiful and impressive building. Good to see the compound with trees.

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  18. What a lovely church. It looks quite different as churches here. The second photo is fantastic. I love this color in the walls and the entrance form and details.

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  19. What a beautiful old building.
    What did you train for ? Doctor, nurse, tech?

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  20. I like that close up showing the handsome red doors of the church. I love old buildings and especially old churches.

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  21. It seems as if you are still in summer Margaret with the lovely brickwork offset against the blue sky. I don't know why more buildings aren't made using a combination of bricks and stonework as it looks so attractive.

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    1. At the time on Good Friday the weather was still fairly warm and a little humid.
      Perhaps the cost of the stones - makes me wonder how way back then the people managed to get the heavy stones up there on the building.

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  22. church is so beautiful,it's brick work is really great,your pics give detailed view of church so one feels to visit here and looked it closely ,thank you for one more exploration dear have a lovely weekend

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  23. Religion was really a big part of life back in the day, huh?

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