I love the prairies. Flat grain fields for miles then suddenly a building seems to pop up from the earth.
I taught a seminar in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan last weekend, in the parish hall right next to this Cathedral. Gravelbourg is about two hours south west of Regina, smack dab in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by beautiful flat land and big open skies.
After two days of painting we took a tour of this church. Absolutely magnificent. From 1921 to 1931, the parish priest painted the entire interior of the church with biblical scenes – walls and ceiling. When you stand at the front door, the size of the church and the monumental size of the paintings takes your breath away.
Since I didn’t have my camera with me, you can check out the interior photos here. And the photo of the exterior of the building is courtesy the economic development office of Gravelbourg. The photos will give you some indication of the quantity of images in the church but I don’t think you’ll feel the effects of the enormity of the paintings.
If you want to find out more about the history of the catheral, do a Google search on Gravelbourg Cathedral.