Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 19: Grey Day

Day 19: Grey Day, originally uploaded by susanvg.

View from the 11th floor - Montreal branch of Ministry of Education

Just the church steeples add a splash of colour to a grey day. Mark Twain once said of Montreal "This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn't throw a brick without breaking a church window. " How times have changed! While church steeples still punctuate Montreal's landscape, their numbers are dwindling. Some churches have been amalgamated with others; some have been converted for other uses from apartments to a new wing of our art museum. The domination of the Catholic church in Montreal has diminished. Schools based on religion are no longer except in the private sector.

Yet the church structures are part of our heritage - and that we must preserve. I go to many Early Music concerts and have been in many of Montreal's churches for that purpose. It is incredible to see the structures, the artwork and the influences of the different waves of immigrants who have come to make Montreal their home.

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