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St.John's Catholic Church

By Joline
This impressive church is the one I can see from the apartment. The church was designed by New York City architect Patrick Charles Keely, and was built in 1855-56.. Its construction was done by primarily local Irish laborers during the anti-Irish anti-immigrant Know Nothing movement, which was then at its height. Security had to be posted at the construction site to guard against threats to destroy it.
It still stands as a welcome to those who come to our area to escape persecution.

Tags: Church Architecture Gothic architecture Bangor Maine

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2122 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 12:43PM
I like the way you are exploring your new location. I think we shall come to know it as well as we knew the lake.

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Excellent image
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
5 Nov 2019 2:50PM
It's a fine looking building, Joline, and looks quite modern I think, certainly well maintained 👍
Trev 😃
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 4:15PM
"the anti-Irish anti-immigrant Know Nothing movement"
Must look this up Joline - not something I've heard of.
Beautiful Chapel.

The Native American Party, renamed the American Party in 1855 and commonly known as the Know Nothing movement, was an American nativist political party that operated nationally in the mid-1850s. It was primarily anti-Catholic, xenophobic, and hostile to immigration, starting originally as a secret society. The movement briefly emerged as a major political party in the form of the American Party. Adherents to the movement were to reply "I know nothing" when asked about its specifics by outsiders, thus providing the group with its common name.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2019 4:43PM
Perhaps worshippers felt "in the pink" after attending a service!
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
5 Nov 2019 4:55PM
A stunning and imposing building--wonderful that it is in your view!
10 10 10 England
5 Nov 2019 9:29PM
Impressive building, standing the test of time very well.
6 Nov 2019 7:07AM
An imposing edifice, though I wouldn't like the job of washing the upstairs windows.
kuvailija 8 1 Finland
6 Nov 2019 8:14PM
Great architectural image , Joline!

gajewski 15 10 9 United States
7 Nov 2019 5:39AM
Nice image and quite an interesting write-up on the church's history.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2019 4:10PM
Beautiful image, great architecture Joline...
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