The Abbey church of San Antimo

  • Arnold Conrad

    I hope that the link I provided for the photos of St. John's Basilica worked for you, Father. By the way, have you ever visited the beautiful Romanesque churches of the Rhineland in Germany, esp. those in Cologne and the monastery church of Maria Laach (900 years old)? I had the wonderful experience of spending Christmas 1966 at Maria Laach and attending the Midnight Mass with the full monastic choir of 100 plus. The monastery dates back a thousand years and was the mother house for a number of foundations in the Low Countries and neighboring parts of Germany. During the Nazi period, Konrad Adenauer hid out there from the Gestapo.

  • Fr Longenecker

    Hello Conrad, The links for St John's did work. I'm afraid we will not be able to aspire to such a high level of decoration in our church to start with, but that is the beauty of Romanesque–it can be very simple and dignified without a lot of decoration.I have not visited the German churches you mentioned, but have seen pictures of them.

  • Arnold Conrad

    I am glad the link worked. The level of decoration in St. John's is remarkable given that it was built by a working class parish in the 1920s for around $400,000 (probably $10,000,000 or more in today's dollars). Most of the German Romanesque churches are devoid of such decoration; the Italian ones have much more and St. John's was patterned after northern Italian Romanesque.

  • kkollwitz

    Maria Laach is fearless.