Friday, 16 May 2008

L'église presbytérienne de Saint André à Strathalbyn.



Construit à côté du Fleuve Angus, l'église presbytérienne de
Saint André est l'une des églises les plus pittoresques en Australie
du Sud.
Les premiers colons, la plupart du temps écossais, arrivés dans la quartier en 1840. Le Révérend Ralph Drummond a été invité à voyager d'Adelaïde à conduire des services de l'église dans les maisons privées. La première église a été construite en 1844, mais un plus grand bâtiment était nécessaire de 1849, et un nouveau bâtiment - la nef de l'église actuelle - a été ouvert. En 1857 un transept a été ajouté, et dans 1865 le bâtiment a été terminé par l'ajout d'une flèche et d'un porche. La tour distinctive a été construite en 1869 pour loger une cloche donnée par Edouard Stirling.

Built adjacent to the Angus River, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church is one of the most picturesque churches in South Australia.
The first settlers, mostly Scottish, arrived in the area in 1840. The Rev. Ralph Drummond was invited to travel from Adelaide to conduct services in private homes. The first church was built in 1844, but a larger building was needed by 1849, and a new building - the nave of the present church - was opened. In 1857 a transept was added, and in 1865 the building was completed by the addition of a spire and porch. The distinctive tower was built in 1869 to house a bell given by Edward Stirling.

9 comments:

Marie said...

Elle est très belle. J'adore les églises. Elle a deux clochers ? C'est étrange.

M.Benaut said...

Je suis sûr que je ne connais pas, pourquoi il y a deux clochers. On doit demander aux historiens. Peut-être les personnes de la ville étaient très riches.

I'm sure I don't know, why there are two bell towers, Marie. I had better ask the historians. Perhaps the people of the town were very wealthy.

Maintenant, je peux visiter à Pont du Gard ! !

Maria said...

What a lovely building.

Nathalie said...

Why is it that when I read the words glory of god and erected I thought of something else than what it really meant...?
Je dois avoir 'l'esprit mal tourné' (you can ask your French teacher what that means)

It must be because of the young men I am posting a photo of in Avignon today... unfortunately they weren't wearing shorts, which spoilt my day (am I getting fetichist?)

Jules said...

Beautiful old church M B - they sure knew how to build them in those days.

I was actually baptized in, and went to church every Sunday (well my Mother and Grandmother TOOK me), at the St Andrew's Pres-button Church - in Roma!!! All those years of sitting in church has certainly paid off I think!!!!

M.Benaut said...

I'm pretty sure I get the hang of it, Nathalie.
The deprivation you are suffering in Avignon is causing pangs of home sickness for the place you left behind; the culture of the Wide, Brown Land.
Be assured, Australia misses you equally.

Vous ne devez pas lire les mots, mais imaginez simplement les plaisirs de la vie. Espérons que les rêves deviendront tout vrais. Je vous demanderai de ceci en septembre.
Soyez assuré, l'Australie, est également manquant vous.

M.Benaut said...

Jules, praise the Lord.
A Press-Button in paradise !

claude said...

On dit que Paris ne s'est pas fait en un jour, mais les Eglises non plus. C'est vrai c'est étrange ces deux clochers complètement différents, dont un a une architecteure très British.

dive said...

Ah, those famously tight-fisted Scots. I can hear them even now.
"The church needs a tower."
"Scrivens, mon! We cannae afford that!"
I hear the creaking open of sporrans and the reluctant extraction of pennies and lo: a tower was built, but only half the size it should be.

Had you not told me, Monsieur, I would have guessed our dour northern neighbours were behind the construction.
Hee hee.