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If you thought the exterior of the Dome Church was impressive, just wait until you walk inside.  One the things that was a bit surprising to me though was that you have to pay to go inside to view the building.  I’ve never experienced a church charging an entrance fee.  It seems a bit ironic and exclusive in nature.  I also understand the motive – to help pay for the maintenance of the building.  I could write a whole post just on this concept…but I won’t.

So I paid my three euros and went in, not sure what to expect.  This is what I found…

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe church is huge.  I couldn’t even get the whole think in the picture.  It’s big, old, beautiful, and it’s got character – you name it, its got it..

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnd as with big old churches, you look up to the heavens.  And boy is it a long way up to the heavens.  This also have a theology blog post written all over it, but again…I won’t.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe altar is beautiful and ornate…

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnd yet, when you look at it in the context of the entire church, it’s small.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe pulpit is large in comparison and, as with older churches, was built towards the middle of the church.  Remember, this was before electronics, or electricity…or anything modern.  The pulpit built up off the ground was the latest in technology – projection.  Smart people.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs with many old churches, the stained glass was gorgeous.  I love stained glass.  The colors are beautiful.  There is theology in stained glass too, again worthy of another blog post…but I won’t.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAlso around the church were the family seals and shields of the families that financially supported the building and fixing up of the church through the centuries.  These are lasting reminders of mix between church and state in royalty and wealth. Again, another blog post waiting to happen.  Man, it’s crazy how many ideas you can get just from looking at the interior of one church.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe one thing I was thrilled to see though was the baptismal font right smack dab front and center of the church.  This is important theologically because it signifies that everything starts with baptism and baptism is a promise from God.  There is much symbolism in the sacrament – the water being the biggest one.  This was the first “old” church I have been in during my travels that had the baptismal font front and center.  Other churches have it either off to the side, hidden or removed somewhere secret.