Located in the predominantly Irish Town of Spring Lake, New Jersey is St. Catharine’s Catholic Church. It is the vision of a long ago resident Martin Maloney. Maloney, an entrepeneur and philanthropist, began building this church shortly after the tragic death of his seventeen year old daughter, Catharine, in 1900.
The pictures speak for themselves but a few of the exterior features include a pair of bronze standards believed to be 900 years old, a 92′ copper dome, and a single bell which is inscribed: erected by Martin Maloney in memory of his daughter Catharine, A.D. 1900.
To describe the interior of this Roman inspired church, all I can say is WOW!
Again, the picture stands on it’s own but a few interesting facts include: Corinthian inspired columns, half-columns, pilasters and cornices; Trompe l’oeil effects on soffits of the arches; Roman artist Raggi created and painted most if not all all the depictions on walls and ceilings and finally the altars and scultures were the work of Florentine sculture Puggi.
There is so much detail and artwork here the average person cannot take it all in in one visit. I hope to return to St. Catharines soon(as it is only 20 minutes from my house) to capture more of the ornate work inside this landmark at the Jersey Shore.
Both photos are bracketed shots processed in Photomatix and Lightroom 5.
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