The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, Fulton, Interior

The interior of the church is much simpler, more sparse than your average Baroque space, reflecting a more classical vein of Seventeenth Century architecture. Of course, the Anglican Church also reigned in England, and it reflects in the worship space.

Instead of marble, wood carving dominates on the interior, up into the choir loft where a large organ is located. Heading towards the altar, the Ten Commandments, reflecting Protestant emphasis towards sola scriptura, and a rejection of Roman Catholic theology.

The broken pediment aedicules, however, still reflect the Italian Baroque influence of Christopher Wren.

It reminds me in many ways of the church I saw in Alexandria, Virginia two summers ago where George Washington worshipped.

It’s also interesting to see that there are still clerestory windows above even if they are diminished in size.

Unlike in most American churches, the columns and capitals are actually cut stone. I was particularly impressed with the Composite Order column capital.

While the Baroque might be called anti-classical, it still used Classical motifs such as the egg and dart and rosettes seen below, similar to what I once showed in the piece of spolia from the Roman Forum.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Alan Creek says:

    Fulton, MO?

  2. Alan Creek says:

    Never mind. Just saw the previous post…Fulton, MO.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. Mark Preston says:

    Fulton, where Winston Churchill coined the term: “iron curtain”.

    The Greek columns, that is the top where the decoration is puzzles me, as Greece designed those before the Christian Era. I ask why the holdover???

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Many ornamentation from pre-Christian eras survived into the Christian era!

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