1428 – Houses Of The Holy

This is a church east of Klagenfurt, Carinthia’s capital. They officially call it “Autobahnkirche” (highway church). It is situated near a highway exit, more or less in the middle of a forest, that is slowly eaten away by a new industrial area.

The church may have been in ruins, or else everything but the choir was torn down and replaced with a modern concrete structure. From outside it looks odd and could be a nuclear shelter as well, but I really like what they’ve made of the inside. Dark red walls with irregular windows, the main room in mysterious dark, the windows glowing, the choir painted in white, lit by big windows, very simple, with a not too pompous baroque altar. Nice. Real nice.

I took the image with the Tamron 17-50/2.8, hand-held at f2.8, 1/4s and ISO 500.

If ever anybody tells you again, that you don’t need stabilization on a lens in this focal range (24-75 equivalent), well, a hard knock on the back of their head may help. For some this acts as a reset and makes them reboot, the others at least experience the pain that they deserve ๐Ÿ˜€

The Song of the Day is “Houses Of The Holy” by Led Zeppelin. I have it on a collection that seems unavailable as digital downloads, so if you don’t have it anyway, you can get it either from the original 1975 album “Physical Graffiti” or e.g. from the most recent collection of remastered songs, “Mothership”. Hear the song on YouTube.

4 thoughts on “1428 – Houses Of The Holy”

  1. Wow a very modern and striking architectural design for a church. I too like the dark colors and materials. My first thoughts were, “back in the womb.” Churches and the concept of rebirth are certainly not strangers to one another. Just first impressions.

    On stabilization at this range of zoom lens, this shot obviously proves it can be very useful. However, at this length I consider it to be a great convenience but certainly less “needed/required” then on longer focal lengths. Perhaps this qualifies me for a hard knock…but I doubt the reboot results would be any better. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well, actually my point is, that it can be incredibly useful. Whenever I have the choice between a lens that has it and one that doesn’t, I know that I wouldn’t hesitate to opt for stabilization. In the case of Nikon DX this means my Tamron or the new Sigma, and unfortunately on FX you are not given a single choice for your D700. Shame on Nikon.

  2. Wow! I’ve don’t recall ever having seen a chuch even remotely like this one before! The chairs don’t exactly look “comfy” but the overall aesthetics of the interior are really quite striking. Love how the light falls on the interior and the way you captured it in your image.


    1. You’re not supposed to feel comfy in a Catholic church. You’re not supposed to feel comfy ever at all ๐Ÿ™‚

      But yes, it’s the old story: “Designers” should be forced to actually use their products, architects to live in the buildings they design. This would root out a lot of stupid things.

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