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Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, Kentucky

On my travels over the Labor Day weekend of 2021, I managed to visit five cathedrals, and I realized that over the last fourteen years, I have documented numerous examples. Consequently, I have now created a cathedrals tag. Now, since all cathedrals are also churches, they will receive both tags in their posts. Former cathedrals, such as the Old Cathedral in St. Louis, will still receive the tag.

First up is the Cathedral of the Assumption, the home church of the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Like many cathedrals in America, it was built in a residential neighborhood originally, but then was swallowed by a rapidly central business district. And like many, it is built in the Gothic Revival style, in what I would call the English school.

The interior is elegant, has clearly been restored, and featured a rich blue starfield in the vaults. The Sistine Chapel originally possessed this decorative motif before Michelangelo frescoed the ceiling, and the Arena Chapel in Padua by Giotto retains this decoration.

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