Infinite Tranquillity

The moment I step into a church I sense the tranquillity of the place – especially when the church has emptied of its occupants and there are no longer voices echoing between the walls.

Inside a Mauritian church. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Inside a Mauritian church. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The rows of benches stretch over the interior of the quiet church give one the impression of infinite tranquillity.

What do you sense when you step inside a church?

(This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge by WordPress)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

40 thoughts on “Infinite Tranquillity

  1. That’s a lovely church, Colline. I agree that they have a peace to them when they’re empty but I love the sound of beautiful voices filling a church with song. 🙂


    1. Thank you Ruth.
      The scents of the church seems to contribute to its tranquillity, does it not? The incense always reminds me of those special days in the church calendar and makes me think of the priest blessing the congregation.


  2. The older ones in particular seem to have soaked up the atmosphere you refer to. Yet some, old and new, do seem to have uncomfortable vibrations. I have wondered why. Could it be that those have too much emphasis on hellfire and damnation, and not enough on peace and love?


    1. You may be right. I wonder, too, whether the vibrations from the builders would have had anything to do with it too. The builders of old built the churches with feelings of reverence and the belief that they were doing God’s work. Nowadays they build because it is a job.


    1. I love Notre Dame in Paris too. But, as you say, it is always filled with people – both worship peers and tourists. I enjoy visiting churches in different countries. They all seem to have something a little different in them that makes them unique to that country and culture.


  3. Beautiful shot, Colline. 🙂 I have mixed feelings about churches, but that’s a very long story. Very often I do find a sense of the sacred and of peace.


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