Andy Rodker

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Posted: 28 Jun 2020


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Little local parish church spotted on a walk.

Little local parish church spotted on a walk.
I hadn't noticed it before. It has a pleasing and colourful frontage.
There was a sign on the door saying 'No more than 64 worshippers'. As this was the first Sunday when the churches were allowed to open, I had a peek inside. Let's just say that, while there was a full service going on, 64 was wildly optimistic (I counted 3 worshippers)!
But at least they were widely spread around the church, wearing masks, and not all bunched together!
Well done them!!

Sylvain Wiart, Jenny McIntyre, Sarah O', Roger Dodger and 23 other people have particularly liked this photo


41 comments - The latest ones
 Boro
Boro
Joli cadrage !!!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Boro
Thank you, Boro!
3 years ago.
 Jean
Jean
I like it's plain but distinctive exterior. Fits in well to it's surroundings.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean
Indeed, Jean. I hadn't found much to excite the trigger finger on my walk until I turned round, to read something on my phone screen and looked up and thought ... Hmmm, maybe ...
3 years ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
Striking tilt. It makes the photo dynamic without being off-putting. Which results in a striking view altogether.
3 years ago.
John FitzGerald club has added
And that cross is in just the right place.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to John FitzGerald club
I did adjust the tilt a little bit but not by much. It's amazing what a difference a very minor adjustment can make. Well spotted John!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has added
And also, John don't you feel that the higher level cable seems to just about hold it all together. You can feel the tension in the effort!
(Well I could!)
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A church with a nice frontage like this deserves more than 3 worshipers but a terrific capture never the less Andy
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Many thanks, Roger!
3 years ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Con ese destacado cartel “ENCUENTRO” no me parece una parroquia al uso.
La foto está tan bien que se ve el pavimento perfectamente mal, lo que no habla muy bien del Ayuntamiento. Curioso, con badén de entrada, como si hubiera sido un garaje.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to José Manuel Polo club
I'm sure you're right, José Manuel. This did not start out as a church, that's for sure. And this is a poor section of town, with a high number of people from The Dominican Republic in particular living here (among others). Maybe this is a Christian sect from Central America. When I popped inside, the service seemed standard for the Catholic faith and I could only see the backs of the worshippers heads as the light was low.
A lot of of my comments are pure supposition, as I'm sure you can tell, but nevertheless based on observation and a general understanding of some of the ways of the world!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful capture! Stay well!

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3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you, William!
3 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
What a lovely church front; well captured, Andy. :-)
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Valfal club
I thought so, Valerie! Thank you!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
José Manuel,
William,
Many thanks tio you both!
3 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirablement rendue.... Bonne semaine.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Thank you, Malik!
3 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Remarkable church building; well seen and captured Andy.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Many thanks, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Good street scene Andy. I like the simple style of this church. Quite unusual for Spain I would think? Have a good new week.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Many thanks. Pleased you like it!
Maybe unusual in your 1970 visit, Rosa, but fairly common now.
I think we held a similar discussion on Pano, when you were surprised when I mentioned that it had been found that Spain was the least devout country in Europe, judging by the proportion of the population who were churchgoers.
3 years ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne club has replied to Andy Rodker club
I have visited many times since 1970 Andy, but you never really find out about a country when it's just a holiday do you.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Nope! That's true, Rosa!
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A nice street-view, Andy !
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you, Ulrich!
3 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A lovely colourful photo Andy..............and a great find. I love the contemporary look of the church frontage and it fits in well with it's surroundings (which leads me to think it wasn't always a church)!

I especially like those magnificent stained glass panels next to the entrance which I assume are part of the church. I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned them yet!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
Me too, thank you! They make the shot and Volker took your lead, Keith!
I think you may be right. Maybe the old parish church fell down (it happens) and they needed somewhere cheap and cheerful as a stopgap and of course, it stayed.
3 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
and lonely streets¡¡¡
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Mario Vargas club
Many thanks, Mario!
3 years ago.
 volker_hmbg
volker_hmbg club
Very colorful the facade of glass!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to volker_hmbg club
It is indeed! Thank you, Volker!
3 years ago.
 beverley
beverley
fine colours and reflections indeed . . . and here . . only just opening for worshippers !
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to beverley
I follow news from blighty, Bev as I download The Times. Much cheaper at 6€ a month, rather than the 5€ a day for the hard copy!
3 years ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
An interesting church and yes, 3 churchgoers should minimise virus worries. A good street image.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to tiabunna club
I wouldn't have gone in, even if they'd given me 10,000€, if there had been a full congregation, George!
3 years ago.
 Sarah O'
Sarah O' club
Where is everyone, Andy! interesting to read your replies above, a nice shot Andy,
best wishes, Sarah
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Sarah O' club
Indeed, Sarah!
Maybe the fear of going out, of crowds, of ... everything!
Or maybe this is back at the usual numbers because, as I mentioned, Spain is just about one of the most secular countries in the world. I think this is because the official church is STILL associated with the repressive tyranny of the Franco era. This is polemic even today. I have to be very careful as I have some students who feel Franco saved Spain from communism ... and here they are right. A difficult period of history to be sure!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I think a lot of people are scared of risking it by going out where there are crowds. I know I am. I think I'd rather wait and see what happens in a month or so. I love the colourful little street here, Andy
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
Me too, Jenny.
Yes, I go for long walks but avoid crowds, I won't have a beer or coffee at a terrace cafe, and certainly not a meal in a restaurant and my heart bleeds for these establishments.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.

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