St. Marys Episcopal Church Steeple – 394 Oconee Street



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This steeple is all that remains of St. Marys Episcopal Church. The steeple is most famously remembered as the first location where the now world-famous band R.E.M. first performed for a live audience. The church served as a home for lead singer Michael Stipe and as a practice space for the band for many years. The steeple is in a gothic-eclectic style not commonly seen in Athens. Now, the Steeplechase Condominiums occupy most of the churchs original space. The steeple is in a fragile state, but no parties have stepped forward to aid in its preservation.

Steeple Ashton Church – Drone – Mavic Pro



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St Mary the Virgin church, Steeple Ashton, is an extraordinary building, described by author Simon Jenkins (England’s Thousand Best Churches) as a ‘fairy castle’). It is perhaps one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England. Hang on, scratch the ‘perhaps’; it IS one of the finest examples of this style of medieval architecture. It is an architectural gem, and has been awarded a Grade I listing as an historic monument.
The church consists of a nave with clerestory, chancel, north and south aisles, north and south porches, and a four-stage western tower embellished with crocketing and pinnacles. The church is first recorded in 1281, in terms that suggest it was in existence long before then.

The embattled tower dates from the early 15th century. It was originally topped by a huge spire reaching 186 feet above the ground. The spire was struck by lightning in 1670, and again the following year, killing two workmen, and it was never replaced. Around the roofline are carved a number of fabulous gargoyles and other grotesque beings.
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Witnesses watch as Trinity Lutheran burns from the Milwaukee skyline



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Witnesses watched in shock and sadness as the historic Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.

Beyond the Steeple: Open Space at Church of the Apostles, Seattle, Wash.



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Church of the Apostles (COTA) in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood hosts Open Space, a contemplative music hour, on the second Sunday of each month. The event is a collaboration with Abbey Arts and emphasizes distraction-free reflection in a noisy world.

Beyond the Steeple is a Living Lutheran quarterly series on non-traditional worship in the ELCA community.

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