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East Liberty Presbyterian Church by Iva Provias

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Iva Provias Iva Provias
Explore score
0.69 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 28, 2009
Date taken
Mar 18, 2009

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Bridget Benjamin and Iva Provias

The East Liberty Presbyterian Church, nestled in the heart of Easy Liberty, is one of the largest standing buildings in town. Upon completion in 1935, architect Ralph Adams Cram said of it, “Of all the cathedrals and churches I have built this is my masterpiece. This church has been the most profound spiritual experience of my life.” Many years of planning were held to create this work of art. Finally on August 18th, 1931, groundwork began. After four long years f prayer, sweat, and tears, the construction concluded on May 12th, 1935. Over 1, 700 members of the church packed the pews, while 3,800 people listened to the service from other rooms throughout the church.

This masterpiece spans one entire city block and cost $4 million to build. The Sanctuary’s nave has a length of 202 feet, nave height of 75 feet, and breadth of transepts of 117 feet. The cathedral has a unique, European Gothic style architecture- a popular design of during the twelfth century. Several elements of the style are evident by its pointed arches, colored stained glass, and a cruciform floor plan.

The Sanctuary is particularly breathtaking. There are many features that make this Sanctuary exceptional. First, one can enter through the central doors of the Narthex. The design of these doors, and other inner doors are made from English oak, and were replicas of the doors at Cambridge University, England, at the time. Inside this area, the set of windows are accented with angels holding instruments of praise and a copy of the Scriptures. On the left and right of each aisle are Psalm windows. The left panels have various Psalms, while each right panel has one of the Lord’s nine miracles. In the chancel, there are five large windows. Each central panel tells the story of the final days of Jesus Christ.

Most magnificent of all, is the excellent craftsmanship in the pulpit area. Here at a parishioner sees three panels, in the pulpit explaining the preaching of God’s Word. The left panel is St. Chrysostom-known as the patriarch of the Easter Church and his religious writings and theories of the 4th century. In the center is Jesus Christ. The right panel is Scottish Reformer, John Knox. These three panels exemplifies the continued commitment to preaching the word of the Lord.

Characterized by a unique European Gothic architecture, and rich in religious history, the East Liberty Presbyterian Church continues to serve the Lord and carry out His message. Their mission is “to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and strength our neighbor as ourselves.”

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 685 megapixels (53672 x 12772 pixels)
Input images: 161 (23 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 85.7 degrees high (top=48.0, bottom=-37.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD880 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-03-18 07:29:38 - 2009-03-18 07:40:43
Aperture: f/5
Exposure time: 0.125
ISO: 1600
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 83.9 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 29.7 to 64.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 36.8 to 40.8 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:41:28 (1:00 per picture)
Alignment: 7:35, Projection: 12:08, Blending: 2:21:43

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