Friday, 8 March 2013

The Gesu Catholic Church of Miami

This church is located near Government Center on the corner of North East 1st and 2nd Street. It was the first catholic church of Miami and the oldests one, it was built in the same decade as the Freedom Tower in 1922. The architecture and design of the church building is exceptional, you don't find many churches in this unconvientional style. The interior was surprising, the ceilings were rather low but the stained glass windows fantastic. This is not really obvious when you look at the exterior of the church.

The name Gesu comes from the Italian translation of Jesus. The church is very active in the community and we could feel this during our visit. Specialy for older citizens in need, the church provides admirable services. Each day they provide breakfast and lunch in the church cantine for only one dollar and this already for 35 years.

De kerk is gelegen aan het Government Centre op de hoek van North East 1st en 2nd Street. Het was de eerste en nu nog steeds de oudste katholieke kerk van Miami en werd gebouwd in hetzelfde decennia als de Freedom Tower in 1922. De architectuur en het ontwerp van de kerk is uitzonderlijk, je vindt niet veel kerken in deze ongebruikelijke stijl. Het interieur was verrassend, de plafonds redelijk laag maar de sierglazen ramen fantastisch. Dit was niet te verwachten als je het kerkgebouw aan de buitenkant ziet. 

De naam Gesu is de vertaling van Jezus in het Italiaans. De kerkgemeenschap is zeer actief in de parochie en dit was duidelijk voelbaar bij ons bezoek. Zeker voor ouderen wordt er veel gedaan, iedere dag kunnen gepensioneerden in de refter van de kerk, voor 1 dollar een ontbijt en lunch nuttigen en dit reeds voor 35 jaar.. 
 
Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

Gesu Catholic Church Miami

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16 comments:

  1. Different but really beautiful church.
    And your photos give us the best of it.
    Greetings

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  2. Apart, Filip..., mooi... !
    Lie(f)s.

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  3. It does look a bit Spanish in architectural style. I adore the shot you took looking down the aisle, wow!!! That is my favorite.

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  4. I love the architecture! Beautiful!

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  5. This really is a lovely church, and love the stained glass windows. What a wonderful community service to have such cheap meals for those in need! Thank you for sharing this lovely church.

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  6. Of course I like the RED bits best - but all the elements work well together.

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  7. Prachtig om te zien hoe bouwstijlen kunnen verschillen.
    Leuke post!

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  8. It sounds like it is a very worth while community church. The windows are super and I like the architecture too.

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  9. mooie impressie van deze kerk toon je ons..

    prettig weekend

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  10. Het gebouw is van buiten al heel eigenzinnig, binnenin krijgen we een mooie impressie. Knap werk.

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  11. Mooie sfeervolle opnames!
    Fijn weekend, Mirthe

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  12. thanks for the tour! I like the first pic;-))happy sunday!

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  13. buitengewoon de ramen en sculpture. Groetjes Dietmut

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