Friday, December 7, 2018

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine located in Washington, D.C., United States of America.

The shrine is the largest Catholic church in the United States and in North America[1], and the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C. Its construction of Neo-Byzantine architecture began in 1920 with renowned contractor John McShain while the Trinity Dome mosaic marked its completion on December 8, 2017.

The basilica is the national and patronal Catholic Church of the United States, honoring the Immaculate Conception as Patroness, accorded by Pope Pius IX in 1847. Pope Pius XI donated a mosaic rendition of the image in 1923. The shrine has merited several Papal visits namely the following:
  • Pope John Paul II raised the National Shrine to the status of Minor Basilica on 12 October 1990.
  • Pope Benedict XVI bestowed a Golden Rose on 16 April 2008.
  • Pope Francis who canonized Saint Junípero Serra, O.F.M. on 23 September 2015.

Source: Wikipedia

I took this photo during a trip with my family to Washington DC in late December 2018.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

New York City Hall

New York City Hall, the seat of New York City government, is located at the center of City Hall Park in the Civic Center area of Lower Manhattan, between Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers Street. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. While the Mayor's Office is in the building, the staff of thirteen municipal agencies under mayoral control are located in the nearby Manhattan Municipal Building, one of the largest government buildings in the world.

Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Both its exterior (1966) and interior (1976) are designated New York City landmarks.

Source: Wikipedia

I took this photo during my December 2017 trip to New York.

First Snow of 2019

This is not only the first snow of 2019 but also, the first for my family who just moved to the states late summer of 2018.