Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cathedral, Toledo

I didn’t realize it, but Toledo is a diocese, and the cathedral is located northwest of downtown. The current cathedral was completed in 1940, after an earlier school and chapel dedicated to St. Francis de Sales were completed in 1914.

The design is practical, with a smokestack matching the rest of the composition, and again, like at Gary and Detroit, the buttresses are not flying at this Gothic Revival church, but engaged with flamboyant Gothic pinnacles

John Theodore Comès designed the church, and since he died in 1922, did not see the completion of his work, which was quite common in the Middle Ages.

Again, the King’s College Chapel at Cambridge provides at least some inspiration for the front facade of the cathedral.

There is a beautiful rose window over the front portal.

Christ appears in glory within a mandorla and angels alternating with crucifixes.

The nearby school sits on Collingwood Avenue.

The Latin inscription says “light and truth.”

Walking inside, the Gothic Revival vanishes and rounded Roman arches appear. It is a dramatic transition that is successful, nonetheless.

Walking into the nave, the cathedral takes on the feeling of a Paleo-Christian church like one would expect in Ravenna or a well-preserved Romanesque church.

It is a beautiful space, where the stained glass glowed all the more vibrantly due to the low light levels between masses.

Of course, since the exterior is in the Gothic style, the windows are still large like in that style, as opposed to small in the Romanesque, where they normally would have been quite small.

The colored light shines on the floor of the cathedral.

The mosaics are also very beautiful even thought their beauty are not captured very well in these photos.

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