In honor of Pentecost 2014. Birth of the Church.
Below are snapshots from the climb to the top of the dome (cupola) at St Charles (Borromeo) Church in Vienna. It is undergoing restoration work.
At the top, center of the dome, in the lantern, you will find a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity.
Within the dome itself, you'll find an image of God the Father, the Son, the Mother of God, saints, a serenade of putti, a metaphor for the Church as the nursing mother (above) and more (below).
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "The 'Karlskirche' is an elaborate structure in the Baroque style with a huge cupola and is the masterpiece of Fischer von Erlach, erected 1715-37."
The wall paintings are semi-transparent, fresco work.
Climbing up seemed safe enough, however, not everyone made it to the top.
One British man who started the climb with us had to turn back because he experienced extreme vertigo. About halfway up he began to pant and cling tightly to the railing, almost pulling himself forward. We continued to encouragehim but, eventually, he turned back.
Maybe this is a lesson for our earthly journey- sometimes the trail gets steep, we get panicky, things appear dangerous (or whatever else) and we consider turning back.
At those times, hopefully we'll find others to encourage us. And even when human companions fail us, it is good to know that the Holy Spirit always remains as a sure and steady guide on the path heavenwards.
The photos progress from the floor level of the church up....
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