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Sainte Anne Church #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 December 2016 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The island and parish was defined as within United States territory in 1796 under the Jay Treaty with Great Britain settling the border with Canada. It was a thriving frontier community based on the fur trade. The economic growth of the Island's commerce and harbor attracted more Americans. The general indifference by the new American military authorities to the Catholic faith, led to the temporary disintegration of the church's structure of lay leadership. By 1803 Father Gabriel Richard, visiting the parish to offer the sacraments, found that the altar had been desecrated and the priest's quarters adapted for use as a brothel. After the War of 1812, the parish was saved by a prominent local fur trader, Madeline La Framboise, an Ojibwe who worked with a succession of visiting priests to restore the church's status as a place of worship. She also donated land to be used as a site for the church.

Father Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli was assigned to Sainte Anne de Michilimackinac in 1830; he was the first resident priest in 65 years. The parish was reassigned in 1853 to what is today the current Diocese of Marquette. With population and economic growth, the church demolished its historic log structure in the 1870s. It replaced it with the timber-framed church, begun in 1874 and completed in the 1880s, that is in use today.

As the 300th anniversary of the church's parish record book approached, Sainte Anne Church was recognized in 1992 as a registered Michigan historic site. A state historic marker was erected at the church. As measured by the continuity of its parish records, the parish of Sainte Anne de Michilimackinac is one of the oldest Roman Catholic parishes in the interior of North America.

Photo captured October 3, 2016.

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Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique une très belle sobriété !

19 Dec 2016 7:38am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, this echoes the dignified simplicity we saw in the exterior . . a very pleasing church.

19 Dec 2016 7:38am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Good capture of the inside, interesting explanations.

19 Dec 2016 8:50am

jean pierre a from France

belle prise!! merci pour les explications! amitiés

19 Dec 2016 9:20am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful capture of the light and a most charming historic church.

19 Dec 2016 10:32am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great shot. Very nice Pov. I like a lot. Thanks for the info.

19 Dec 2016 11:38am

Frances from Boston, United States

Excellent image! The light and details are superb.

19 Dec 2016 1:01pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Perfectly framed and captured, Steven. The lighting is wonderful for bringing us all the detail and the mood of this interior.

19 Dec 2016 1:07pm

wcamille from Burlington, Canada

Love the percpective!

19 Dec 2016 1:22pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love the soft colors and feeling of sanctity

19 Dec 2016 2:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of the interior. I especially like the ceiling and windows.

19 Dec 2016 6:33pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Beautiful image. Excellent light.

19 Dec 2016 6:56pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, perspective, colors & lights!
Lovely church!

19 Dec 2016 7:44pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting explanations here!
Love light !

19 Dec 2016 9:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Nicely composed image of that beautiful church.

19 Dec 2016 11:40pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice wide angle. very little perspective distortion. Lots of detail despite being mostly a cream and brown duo-tone.

20 Dec 2016 1:32am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel intérieur d'église et vue charmante image useprbe ocmpo

20 Dec 2016 4:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of the interiors of this great church. Excellent. :)

20 Dec 2016 5:03am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

beau ce plafond au loin

20 Dec 2016 3:04pm

Remus from Portugal

Nicely composed photo of that beautiful historic church.
Even more, the photo is very well, taking into account the luminosity issues that these buildings usually present.

20 Dec 2016 5:02pm