St. Saviour Church
Due to the ice, my hiking has been temporarily suspended (hopefully not until spring), so I’ve had to look for other diversions.
Today, at last, I was able to manage a decent walk around town, thanks to above average temperatures, which will vanish tonight as temps go to single digits again, once more turning everything liquid into solid ice.
I decided to photograph what I think is one of the prettiest structures in Bar Harbor: St. Saviour Church.
This beautiful structure built from granite stone and wood was first completed in 1876. Here is a brief blurb from the church’s website:
“St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church is the oldest, largest and tallest public building on Mt. Desert Island. The church is named for the French Jesuit Mission, “Saint Sauveur,” which was established on the island in 1613. In 1871, land was purchased, upon which the first church was constructed.”
The church has been expanded and changed over the years to accommodate more people. During the summer months they boast congregations of up to 1000 people. Personally, I think they are there to see the inside of the church :-). The interior of the church IS magnificent, I went to a Christmas concert, not the least of which are the stained glass windows by Tiffany. Again, a quote from their website:
“It is claimed that St. Saviour’s has more Tiffany windows than anywhere else in Maine! There are ten beautiful examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s technique and artistry here at St. Saviour’s. We have a total of forty-two stained glass windows in all.”
Unfortunately, I was not able to go inside today, but perhaps I will ask permission to go in and take some photos for my blog.
One of the things I like about this church is that they have a cloister. I always thought that cloister meant “shut away or secluded”, but I also learned (thanks to the church’s sign) that it can mean a “covered walkway often used for meditation and prayer”. I was able to access the cloister, and it is a very peaceful area.
The other thing about the exterior of the church that caught my eye, was the bell tower, which looks to be original. The bells do chime to announce the hour.
I hope you enjoyed this look at one of Bar Harbor’s oldest institutions. The old graveyard next to the church also looked interesting, but still too covered with ice to investigate.
One final note. There is also a mountain here on the island named after the Jesuit mission St. Sauveur, which I hope to hike this spring!