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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 24 other people have particularly liked this photo


41 comments - The latest ones
 Boro
Boro
Joli cadrage !!!
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Boro
Thank you, Boro!
6 weeks ago.
 Jean
Jean club
I like it's plain but distinctive exterior. Fits in well to it's surroundings.
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean club
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 ...
6 weeks ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
Striking tilt. It makes the photo dynamic without being off-putting. Which results in a striking view altogether.
6 weeks ago.
John FitzGerald club has added
And that cross is in just the right place.
6 weeks 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!
6 weeks 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!)
4 weeks 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
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Many thanks, Roger!
6 weeks 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.
6 weeks 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!
6 weeks ago. Edited 8 days ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful capture! Stay well!

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6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you, William!
6 weeks ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
What a lovely church front; well captured, Andy. :-)
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Valfal club
I thought so, Valerie! Thank you!
6 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
José Manuel,
William,
Many thanks tio you both!
6 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirablement rendue.... Bonne semaine.
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Thank you, Malik!
6 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Remarkable church building; well seen and captured Andy.
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Many thanks, Jaap!
6 weeks 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.
6 weeks 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.
6 weeks 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.
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Nope! That's true, Rosa!
6 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A nice street-view, Andy !
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you, Ulrich!
6 weeks 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!
6 weeks 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.
6 weeks ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
and lonely streets¡¡¡
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Mario Vargas club
Many thanks, Mario!
6 weeks ago.
 volker_hmbg
volker_hmbg club
Very colorful the facade of glass!
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to volker_hmbg club
It is indeed! Thank you, Volker!
6 weeks ago.
 beverley
beverley club
fine colours and reflections indeed . . . and here . . only just opening for worshippers !
6 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to beverley club
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!
6 weeks ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
An interesting church and yes, 3 churchgoers should minimise virus worries. A good street image.
6 weeks 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!
6 weeks ago.
 Sarah O'
Sarah O' club
Where is everyone, Andy! interesting to read your replies above, a nice shot Andy,
best wishes, Sarah
6 weeks 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!
6 weeks ago. Edited 6 weeks 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
5 weeks 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.
5 weeks ago. Edited 4 weeks ago.

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