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    Buffalo's spectacular OLV Basilica

    What Can I say about this place other than WOW!












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    I don't know brother, but that looks like an imitation greek temple to me. How do you know it's a basilica?

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    Quote Originally posted by jaws
    I don't know brother, but that looks like an imitation greek temple to me. How do you know it's a basilica?
    It is an official Catholic Basilica

    Greek Temple????

    Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

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    Cyburbian DC Librarian's avatar
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    Steel is correct, this is Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, NY just outside of Buffalo. The website for the basilica is here: http://www.ourladyofvictory.org/Basilica/Welcome.html

    It's yet another awesome architectural gem in Buffalo, which should market its architectural gems like Chicago does.

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    Pic 3 would be so much better without those bits of urban detritus hanging in the way. Its more evidence of how much has been surrendured to the automobile.

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    great thread as always steel... how about putting the basilica in context with the adjacent olmsted park and 1890's aboretum

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    If you like basilicas then you will like the new Dresden basilica. (Link has pictures).

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    Silly protestants! Any catholic church can be a basilica, all you have to do is have the Pope say it is.

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    Quote Originally posted by jaws
    I don't know brother, but that looks like an imitation greek temple to me. How do you know it's a basilica?
    What are you talking about? It's clearly a church, in baroque style. Nothing like a greek temple......

    OED says:
    Basilica
    1. Anc. Hist. Literally and originally, a royal palace; thence, a large oblong building or hall, with double colonnades and a semicircular apse at the end, used for a court of justice and place of public assembly.
    2. A building of the preceding type, used for Christian worship. Originally, a hall of justice handed over by Roman emperors and consecrated for religious use; thence applied to other early churches built on the same plan, and improperly
    to churches generally. In Rome applied spec. to the seven principal churches founded by Constantine.

    AHD says:
    B A S I L I C A
    n. A public building of ancient Rome having a central nave with an apse at one or both ends and two side aisles formed by rows of columns, which was used as a courtroom or assembly hall.
    A Christian church building of a similar design, having a nave with a
    semicircular apse, two or four side aisles, a narthex, and a clerestory.
    {Roman Catholic Church} A church that has been accorded certain privileges by the pope.

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    Me and my pathetic attempts at irony

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    Cyburbian chukky's avatar
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    Is there anything special about basilicas? basilici?

    Like a Catholic cathederal is the centre of a diocese,overloarding it to the churches, who are centres of their parishes, who lord it over the chapels, if they have any.Where does a Basilica fit in? Random proof of the inconsistances of catholicism?

    Quote Originally posted by jaws
    Me and my pathetic attempts at irony
    hell, I thought it was funny.
    Last edited by chukky; 08 Nov 2005 at 5:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally posted by jaws
    Me and my pathetic attempts at irony
    Oh no I got it I was laughing.

    Chukky a basilica is one because the Pope says so. Thats why there are thousands in Italy. It is not in the Cathedral heirarchy.

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    Wow, absolutely beautiful!!!

    Church architects are the best

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