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Holy Visits- St. James' Cathedral
Toronto has some spectacular churches in the downtown core.
I like to wander in at random when I stumble upon open doors.
St. James is the tallest church in Canada, and is counted among the tallest bell towers in the world.
St James also houses the “Bells of Old York”, the only full (12) set of bells in North America.
Each bell is names for a different parish in the cathedrals Deanery hence their name.
Don't forget to check out THE CATHEDRAL ARCHIVES & MUSEUM located in the parish house. Enter from Church Street.
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St. James Cathedral - Old Town Toronto
This Cathedral is in the old district of Toronto on Church Street. I saw it because it was right across the street from Hostelling International.
But other than the architecture being impressive, York’s first church was built there in 1803-07. Apparently the building was enlarged in 1818 and then replaced in 1831. The second church burnt in 1839 and then after that the first cathedral was built there and that too was destroyed, by the great fire of 1849. The present cathedral was begun in 1850 and completed in 1874.
So how long do you thing this one is going to last? It’s made it longer than the original’s so someone has intervened I guess.
But as for things to do this is right in the heart of old town Toronto which is being continually developed. It's a great area to explore and walk around. I provided a web site address and on that site you can get a great map that is interactive and explains the different districts within old town Toronto and links to other district web sites. You'll enjoy this part of Toronto if you get nice weather like I did.
St James Cathedral
While wandering Toronto, I loved the mixture of old gothic style buildings and modern glass covered hi-rise offices ....... this particular cathedral is the most gothic of the gothic structures I saw .......
I wandered over here from St Lawrence Market, and the nearby park. The building is in wonderful condition, the bell tower supposedly has working bells - though I didn't hear them during my time wandering the grounds. We played on the swingset next to the church while gazing in wonder at the architecture involved in this particular building.
Even if you don't find St James, take some time to look at the local buildings more closely ...... they are filled with delightful surprises!
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St. James Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of St. James (otherwise known as St. James' Cathedral) is the tallest church in Toronto and its oldest congregation. The first church was established in 1797, but this particular structure was built in 1844, with the clocktower completed in 1874 and the clock installed in 1875. It is the second tallest church in Canada (the tallest being St. Joseph's Oratory in Montréal). The main structure was damaged from time to time by fire, but it has been beautifully restored with delightful stained glass. There are no set rules in terms of appropriate dress or conduct, although it would obviously be improper to disturb Mass. As well, it is frequently a refuge for the homeless, so just be aware of your surroundings when you visit the church.
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St. James Cathedral- Worth a Look!
As we walked towards our Saturday morning tour to see the St. Lawrence Market, I happened to catch a glimpse of this stunning church. I had no idea at the time of its name and even less that I would be much closer as a part of the "Toronto Treasure Trove". And so, I took this first picture and found myself closer the next day to complete this grouping of pictures. I did not get to go inside or even photograph it more closely, but I hope you will see some reason to appreciate the architecture of this House of Worship.
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