Monday, April 22, 2013

St. Mary Magdalene Paddington

This High Victorian Gothic church near the Little Venice area of London was designed by G.E. Street and built 1867-78.


Six hexagonal mosaics by Salviati surround the chancel - four to the left of the altar and two to the right.


The Good Shepherd: "I am the Good Shepherd"


The return of the Prodigal Son: "Father, I have sinned against Thee"


The woman taken in adultery: "Neither do I condemn Thee"


Raising of Lazarus: "And he that was dead came forth"


St. Peter's denial: "The Lord turned and looked upon Peter"


The impotent man at the pool of Bethesda: "Go and sin no more lest worse things come to Thee"


The 2012 film "Les Miserables" used the Crypt Chapel of St. Sepulchre in this church as the Bishop's chapel, featuring scenes with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. Although that scene takes place in the 1860s, the actual crypt wasn't built until 1895.


Sources:
British Listed Buildings
Victorian Web
Rex Harris' flickr Photostream
YouTube

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