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St. Mary's Church II

David Davies

Weymouth, Canada

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I just got PhotoShop Elements 9 a couple of days ago and decided to use it to try and fix serious convergence issues on an older picture of St. Mary’s Church, Church Point, Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s not perfect yet, but a darn sight better than it was.

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(Church Web Site) Saint Mary’s parish church (église Sainte-Marie), unquestionably North America’s largest wooden building, was constructed to handle the burgeoning number of devout Roman Catholic parishioners in 1905. Its pastor at the time, Father Pierre-Marie Dagnaud, C.J.M. (1902-1908), entrusted the building of the church to a local architect, the self- taught master carpenter Léo Melanson, with able assistance from many parishioners. St. Mary’s Church was blessed at a sumptuous dedication ceremony by the Apostolic Delegate to Canada, His Excellency Monsignor Sbarretti, in 1905.

With its striking beauty and magnitude, St. Mary’s Church attracts thousands of tourists annually (approximately 28,000 in 1997), who photograph and admire it from every conceivable angle. Among treasures and furnishings of note to visitors are a precious reliquary, exquisitely crafted by an Acadian artist from the region, and a fine collection of religious and liturgical artifacts exhibited in the museum room (established in 1970). This museum inside the church is open to the public throughout the summer.

The lofty church spire reaches a height of 56.36 meters (185 feet), with its cross adding another 1.67 meters (5.6 feet); the nave measures 57.89 meters (190 feet), and the transepts are 41.13 meters (135 feet) in length. The surface area of the church covers 2,207.3 square meters (23,780 square feet). Three bronze bells in the steeple weigh 1,694.22 kilograms (3,740 pounds), and the towering structure is stabilized at its base by 36.24 metric tons (40 English) of stone ballast.

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