Other Churches, Boston
Favorite thing: While the inside of Boston's churches might look austere to most, but the parishners didn't remove all art from their services. Most churches have organs for accompanying the congretgation in song. In Boston, these organs can be very old and usually had to be imported from Europe at great expense.
Favorite thing: As we mentioned in our Old South Church tip, the interiors of Boston's Colonial-era churches are fascinating. The pews are unlike any we've ever seen outside of New England, enclosed so that a coal stove strategically placed could keep worshippers warm during the service. There are no statues or pictures in these churches, a legacy of the Puritan anti-Catholic-icon position. The pulpit is always high above the seats, so that prewachers like Cotton Mather could lash their congregations with fire and brimstone services. These places are just as much architectural jewels as Notre-Dame de Paris or St. Peters of Rome.
The architecture of Boston is a blend and mix of the Old with the New. It tantilizes the senses!
This is a picture in the New Old South Church across from Copley Square and the John Hancock. The church provides a focus for the transition between the neighborhood of the Back Bay, and the larger scale institutions of Copley Square. It is the last of the many Gothic structures that filled the young Copley Square.
In 1869 the congregation of the Old South Church arranged for the sale of the valuable land beneath downtown meeting house and relocated to the newly established Back Bay. the paradoxical name "New" Old South was made necessary when the Old South Church was saved by preservationists, and renamed the Old South Meeting House.
Fondest memory: Just walking about Boston!