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Old November 29th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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It was under the most difficult circumstances that, in 1854, the Rev. Raynard built St. Saviour's Church in the gold-rush town of Barkerville, British Columbia. He was determined to open for services on Christmas Day, and did so with no roof and deep snow on the floor. The stains of the snow on the walls can be seen to this day. I have visited Barkerville many times and St. Saviour's is an inspiration.

The building of Chapel-in-the-Clouds, which took me 12-months working almost every day without leaving the site, was also under difficult circumstances. It was started in the rainy season (a particularly wet one!) and rained for about eighty days out of the first ninety. The steeply sloping site of about 40-degrees also made working arduous and greatly influenced the design, character, and visual appearance. Although the chapel is small and intimate by intent - it seats 24, with a further 10 or more standing - it covers five storeys from the lower level with font and fountains up to the three-storey tower. Oxen and packhorses were used extensively for hauling materials and the wood was sawn on site from trees that came down in an avalanche 18-months earlier. Cedar shingles were used exclusively for the roof. The chapel dominates the gardens and ponds fronting it, and the bell tower acts as a beacon and sentinel over the distant hills.










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Old November 30th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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Really nice and cozy looking church, an interesting topic as well. Any more examples?


Did you take those photos yourself? You have to credit your sources.

And where is it situated?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 01:34 AM   #3
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Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas



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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:47 PM   #4
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Really nice and cozy looking church, an interesting topic as well. Any more examples?


Did you take those photos yourself? You have to credit your sources.

And where is it situated?
I took those photos myself! My father built it.

It's situated in the tropical cloudforest of Costa Rica, way up in the Talamanca Mountains.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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You've got such an interesting story behind this church - and yet you don't tell your visitors anything about it for your introduction? But thank you, anyway. Really interesting.

Is there an actual Christian community in the area? How many people are living in this rather uninhabitated region?
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You've got such an interesting story behind this church - and yet you don't tell your visitors anything about it for your introduction? But thank you, anyway. Really interesting.

Is there an actual Christian community in the area? How many people are living in this rather uninhabitated region?
Good point, I've included the 'story' of it which I took off our website.

The Chapel itself is on a private 2000-acre reserve on which only my father lives. The nearest 'village' is about 2km away, accessible only by quad-bike. The nearest town (for supplies, etc) is around 2 hours' drive on a winding dirt road.
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Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
I love that architecture. Really inspiring. Usually I don't like modern churches, I usually prefer older more classically styled ones, but this one is awesome.
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Chapel in the Clouds re-posted on social media

Hello, I've posted this amazingly beautiful church on my Facebook page here and given credit to JukeBoxRomeo who has said he was involved in its construction: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...6039526&type=1

This church and its surroundings are way too beautiful not to resist sharing it but please if you do mind, let me know and I will delete the entry. I will also be pinning the photos to pinterest and link back to the author on this page of course.
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I noticed that this Chapel-in-the-Clouds is now for sale? It's listed for $1,800,000 (USD, I presume). Here's the link where I saw it: http://www.rainforestproperties.com/...d-2013-80.html
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