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(January 1st - December 30th, 2009)

Devlin Francis

Highway 89

Francis Fougere

Cathedral of Christ the King

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

September 30, 2009, 10:45 am EST

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Cathedral of Christ the King is a Roman Catholic church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Cathedral was consecrated on December 19, 1933.[1] It is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, and the cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton. The Cathedral is the home of Bishop Anthony Tonnos, retired Auxiliary Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki, and Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Bergie. On the south side of the bell tower, is the cornerstone blessed by Bishop McNally, builder of the Cathedral. It is a stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs to symbolize the Cathedral's unity with the ancient Christian church, the first generation after Christ.

The Cathedral's interior is pure 13th Century English Gothic. Two kinds of limestone grace its walls and pillars: Indiana Limestone and Ontario Credit Valley Limestone. Its vaulted ceiling, with gold bosses, is a direct copy of Norwich Cathedral in England. It also has seating for over 1,000 parishioners in the nave and 200 in the Sanctuary area, with television flat screens installed on the side Indiana Limestone columns for blind spots. The left side altar with its magnificent large painting of Christ's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, contains the holy oils in three gold urns. The right side altar contains a massive painting of the Nativity Scene and a mosaic of the Eastern Catholic Churches: Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A large 88 ton marble Ciborium, sometimes erroneously called a Baldachino, in the shape of a crown, graces the north end of the cathedral over the tabernacle. Although this is not a normal feature of Gothic architecture, it's Gothic design blends in perfectly with the architectural style of the Cathedral. The 235 foot central nave is flanked by two side aisles divided by massive limestone pillars. The nave is 72 feet wide and 90 feet high.

The Cathedral is home to 82 stained glass windows by F. Meyer of Munich, including depictions from the New Testament, numerous saint depictions at the very top walls of the Cathedral in the Clerestory, and a grand masterpiece rose window at the very rear above the organ, depicting the Communion of Saints and Christ the King.

The Cathedral also contains Italian marble constructed in Trompe l'oeil style. [Three dimensional style]. It's black squares appear to come off the floor adding a depth of perspective. This is reminiscent of the floor in the side aisle of St. John Lateran Cathedral in Rome, Italy. This Trompe l'oeil style is used around the floor of the Tablernacle, under the Ciborium and also on the back of the Presidential Chairs in the Sanctuary.
A Canon EOS 5D with a Canon 16-35mm L series lens set at 16mm was used on a Manfrotto 303SPH head. The cubic panorama was stitched together with RealViz Stitcher V4. This panorama was shot with available light at 1/8 of a second @ f5.5 in RAW mode with an ISO of 3200 on the Canon EOS 5D. I processed all of the images in the RAW conversion software Camera Raw 4.6 from Adobe. The images were then stitched together in RealViz Stitcher and the QuickTime panoramas are then converted from the flat TIFF images

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