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The 8 Wonders of Kansas: Cathedral of the Plains (4 of 8)

Posted on 2012.02.29 at 16:56
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St. Fidelis Catholic Church was nicknamed "Cathedral of the Plains" by William Jennings Bryan, an affection which makes Catholic leadership cringe, as it infringes upon protocol - that being, only a church which houses a Bishop can officially be termed cathedral. Now I have visited Canterbury Cathedral in Britain and other churches in the United States, but have never seen stained glass anywhere as breathtaking as found here.

Because of that I almost didn't share these pictures, as the anemic 700-pixel preview images do not do the full-sized ones justice, and because I don't always click the "embiggen" image link, I know there are those out there who also will not. I do save my clicks for those pictures which I think deserve it, and many of these most assuredly do.


suzanne1945 at 2012-02-29 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
I see what you mean about the stained glass. Absolutely magnificent. This church is much larger than I realized. Hope you had a good trip. Wonderful that you and Dad were able to do this.

Edited at 2012-02-29 11:10 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2012-03-01 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
I took pictures of all the stained glass there. I hope to do something more with it at some point.

I don't know why that church was in Victoria, KS. There's nothing else in Victoria, KS. Not only was the church large, it was the only thing visible for miles around. That being said, I haven't yet found out why William Jennings Bryan was ever in Victoria, KS.

It was a good trip. Long, but good. Bill and I put 300 miles on the car today. Since we started on the Wonders closest to home and have started moving further and further out, he's talking about our next one being an overnighter.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-03-01 03:36 (UTC) (Link)
St. Fidelis is a beautiful church!!!

16 years ago almost to the day you were in this beautiful church Christ the King
ehowton at 2012-03-01 04:08 (UTC) (Link)
Eric Howton @ David's Wedding 94
ehowton at 2012-03-01 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Why do I look like such a freaking giant in that picture?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-03-02 04:10 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know you're not really that much taller than me. Maybe you were wearing shoe lifts or standing on Tim???
michelle1963 at 2012-03-01 05:50 (UTC) (Link)
I had NO idea the Cathedral of the Plains would be this breath-taking. The stained glass is incredible, and the architecture no less artistic. WOW!

I hope to see more at some point.

(And you're right, Grandpa is really photogenic. What's up with that?)

Exactly where is Victoria?
ehowton at 2012-03-01 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Victoria, KS is approximately 80 miles West of Salina on I-70. There is nothing near it or in the immediate area surrounding it.

Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2012-03-01 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful church! Then again, I do like photographing the inside and outside of churches.
ehowton at 2012-03-01 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you! I know, right? Just yesterday I was wondering if I should make a "church" tag and go back and identify them all here :P
pcofwildthings at 2012-03-01 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
Your photos are divine, Eric. I "embiggened" them all!
ehowton at 2012-03-01 15:52 (UTC) (Link)


michelle1963 at 2012-03-02 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
"Divine." What an appropriate description. :-)
pijama_sam at 2012-03-02 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
wow! this is great!!
ehowton at 2012-03-02 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
jobu121 at 2012-03-07 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Bud, sorry I am a bit late, but again - Sweet pics... You have a gift my friend.
ehowton at 2012-03-07 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude.
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