Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville

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The Cathedral of St. Peter, the head church of the Diocese of Belleville, sits to the south of downtown.  It is a Gothic Revival edifice, but with some interesting (strange?) Modernist renovations.

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Perhaps what is most notable is the lack of a transept, which usually takes the form of two wings protruding across the crossing, where the nave and apse (or choir) meet.  Interesting, as can be seen about 3/5 of the way back the cathedral, there is a break in the roof line–twice in fact.  It almost seems the architect sought to bring attention to the missing transepts?  He could have just as easily left it a straight shot to the apse, as in a traditional German hallkirche.

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“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.”  Appropriate inscription for a cathedral dedicated to the first pope.  Built in 1866, and renovated in 1956.

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These strange blobs on the side are clearly from the renovation in the 1950′s.

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Also, this lancet window has clearly been messed with since the 1860′s.

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2 Responses

  1. Amy Clark

    02/24/2014, 12:24 pm

    I’m loving all the Belleville posts! You should take a look at the boulevard in Signal Hill.

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