Well it smells like a church but I did not go over to check out the actual purpose of this structure. It had such a presence. I kept seeing it throughout the day as I wandered the golf cart paths.
The Oratory of Ave Maria
This is the front of The Oratory which my son tells me will have several large marble pieces attached in the grey area below the peak. In fact the artist was at work about a block away carving with power tools on large slabs of Italian marble. I kept wondering what kind of glue they use? The front facade should be impressive when finished. We’ll see but I think I will still like the rear of the building better.
The inside of The Oratory is an organized tangle of steel that was obviously custom bent to this purpose. The Oratory in Oxford has windows high in the walls which lights the heights of the church and filters down across the pews. Ave Maria’s accomplishes the same. It should not be beautiful but it is.
The Oratory is an impressively large building for the very small place that Ave Maria is as it stands. The cathedral lets light in at its peak, and in these mirrored windows at the rear. The front of the building is meant to be impressive, it is but I liked all the structure and shapes that the rear of the building had to offer.
It takes a great ego and vision (money helps too!) to build a town from scratch out in the sticks of Florida. La Piazza is the center of town made up of retail and condominiums and surrounds The Oratory which is in every modern regard a cathedral of the old style. It is not Rome, but it will do for Florida.
Via della Conciliazione
We walked up Via della Conciliazione a number of times in the short time we had in Rome. It was really a bazaar as there were many street vendors and of course tourists.
Wrong Side of Town
In my experience with small towns in Illinois the Catholic Church was always on the poor side of town. This is not the case in Nokomis. Maybe it is the way Route 16 cuts through the place.
My brother & were walking around Nokomis taking photographs of whatever took our eye. This is the kind of place where one can walk in the middle of main street without much of a chance of anyone or any car coming within sight. The steeple of this United Pentecostal church was attractive in the fall colors and the glowing light.
I’d been to Catholic services a time or two over the decades, but not with my son and my future daughter-in-law and not in Oxford England. The light was glorious inside as the smoke from the burning incense floated to the ceiling. The odor & smoke was so intense and I was so unused to the experience that I was nearly driven to the door.
i’m sure it was the large tree(s) that kind of heaved the graves and gravestones off level. It made the whole cemetery look as if everyone was kind of pushing up from underground with a slow and ever so slight a hand.