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St. Anastasia Church Altar

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 December 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

To meet the demands of a growing parish that was located in a small school chapel since 1926, St. Anastasia Church was constructed in 1964. The church, located in Waukegan, Illinois, is a unique structure of towering brick columns and arches, with stained glass blocks set into the walls that transform daylight into rich purples, blues, reds and ambers to create an awe-inspiring interior. Unfortunately, Christmas morning had a relatively cloudy sky which didn't allow much light in through the east wall seen here.

Pictured here in the center, between the four large columns and arches, is the altar which is made of a square marble slab. Hanging above the altar is a medieval style crucifix. Flanking behind the altar on the left and right are "enclaves" with ornate mosaics and tabernacle. Flanking above the altar to the left and right are "crows' nests" where liturgists are often found.

Photo taken December 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1 second F/5.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Crows nests :) Nice image, inspiring.

30 Dec 2009 5:10am

Florence from Paris, France

Nicely decorated church !

30 Dec 2009 8:55am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

gorgeous colors!

30 Dec 2009 1:38pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Seeing this image on a computer other than my own proves to be quite dark and oversaturated in red. I hope this is not the case for other visitors. :-|

30 Dec 2009 4:14pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the 60's architecture. Steven, I am using a MacBook and Firefox. The reds are saturated but not dark or over saturated. I recently viewed my blog on a PC and was shocked at how dark most of the images appeared.

30 Dec 2009 5:47pm

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

One of the warmest friendliest churches I've seen. The Reds are bright, but not too strong. I process on a workstation with a 23'' LCD, then upload on my internet pc... the colors are never the same between the two computers :(

30 Dec 2009 5:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Colorful and very beautiful!

30 Dec 2009 6:09pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very beautiful colours, nice photo

30 Dec 2009 7:12pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Hard light I can tell, but it is still a beautifully composed picture !

30 Dec 2009 7:15pm

Claudia from United States

What a beautiful, beautiful Christmas photo. The colors are gorgeous and the entire scene is just lovely!

30 Dec 2009 8:16pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Gorgeous. I especially love the lamps.

30 Dec 2009 9:24pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Rich, beautiful colors inside this church building.

30 Dec 2009 10:17pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot.. love the colours..

30 Dec 2009 11:06pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Really interesting style! From the brickwork I would have guessed its origin from the 1930s, with the glass wall from the 1960s. Super shot!

1 Jan 2010 7:41pm

janice t.class of 1979 from mamaroneck,ny, United States

i attended st anastasia school & church.as did eleven other siblings. i was baptized here.this is truly a beautiful building. thank you-again, to the person who put these photos up. have been very homesick this year, and just looking at the altar has been a blessing. i'm thankful the church is being cared for. i like visiting this site. thank you.

24 Nov 2012 11:44am