Saturday, 8 December 2012

Lutheran church on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Maybe it is because we are on a tropical island but this small and simple church has provided us a few special pictures. Most of our church articles show us great pieces of art, expensive interiors, here on the island of St. Thomas, it has given us a warm feeling. The sun was shining, it was more than 30 degrees Celsius and the church building itself together with the palm trees and flowers were enchanting. Against the wall there stood a small red manual water pump with wild grass in front of it. Let’s go back to the essence and importance of water in a tropical climate.

The interior of the church was simple and we saw some familiar but unusual elements. It contained a miniature ship like in many Northern European churches to protect to people at sea and also white boxed seats for visitors. It reminded us of an old church we saw in Boston. Although many churches have similar features, each one stays unique. This is something we will certainly show you on our Caribbean discovery tour.

Misschien is het omdat we op een tropisch eiland zijn, maar deze kleine eenvoudige kerk heeft ons enkele hele mooie foto’s opgeleverd. Onze meeste kerkartikelen tonen rijkdom, bijzondere kunstwerken, dure inrichting, maar hier op St. Thomas gaf deze kerk ons een warm gevoel. De zon scheen op volle kracht, het was meer als 30 graden Celsius en het kerkgebouw samen met de bloemen en palmbomen was betoverend. Tegen één van de muren stond een kleine rode manuele waterpomp met op de voorgrond wat wild korengras. Laat ons terug gaan naar de essentie en belangrijkheid van water in een tropisch klimaat. 

Het interieur van de kerk was eenvoudig en we zagen enkele voor ons gekende maar toch uitzonderlijke elementen. Er stond een miniatuur schip ter bescherming van de zeelieden zoals in vele Noord Europese kerken en de gelovigen zitten in ingesloten witte boxen. Dit deed ons terug denken aan een oude kerk in Boston. Alhoewel vele kerken gelijkaardige elementen bevatten blijft elkeen uniek. Dit is iets dat we u zeker zullen aantonen op onze Caraïbische rondreis.. 
 
Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Lutheran Church St. Thomas

Previous St. Thomas article: General impressions of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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19 comments:

  1. Minder en praal deze keer, Filip, wel 'gezellige warmte' !
    Die 'boxen' zijn me vreemd, nooit gezien !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Loe the blue skies and the fluffy cotton like clouds in the last pic!

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  3. Ja, bijzonder mooi en sfeervol!
    Groetjes, Mirthe

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  4. A beautiful little church and you can see its Lutheran origins.

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  5. I welcome you very warmly!
    Very beautiful and interesting temple.
    Beautiful photos showing remarkable place.
    I really like it!
    Regards
    Lucia

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  6. indeed very different! back to basics, but still beautiful! it reminds of the very simply church in Terre-de-Haut, where only one yellow sun (made most probablyout of metal) decorates its entrance...

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  7. What a beautiful church, inside and out. :)

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  8. The boxed seats are unusual. Did you go to St Lucia? My nephew lives there.

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  9. nice post, Filip


    Aloha to YOU from Waikiki
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  10. I have never seen a church quite like this, especially with all the pew doors closed. It looks a bit Spanish influenced, and almost like a little girl's miniature toy church.

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  11. Lovely Church and very different.
    I have seen pews like that before at Port Arthur in Southern Tasmania.

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  12. What an unusual interior! But you wouldn't want to be in the boxed pews if you suffered from claustrophobia ...

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  13. The church is different, but beautiful in its own way. These benches are specially fenced. Maybe it's different in America.

    Have still a very nice trip.

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  14. prachtig kerkje
    mooie fotoreeks, met als toppertje de eerste

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  15. Een eenvoudig maar zeer mooi kerkje. Hou er meer van dan van onze kathedralen!

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  16. Niet pracht en praal is alles, maar geborgenheid en warmte en die heb je hier volgens mij. Groetjes uit het koude Holland, Dietmut

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  17. The door and windows appear to be closed, but it is still so bright inside. It is quite the contrast to the European churches in your previous posts. Whenever I take a Caribbean cruise, I miss out of lots of sightseeing because my husband rather spend it in the water.

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