Remember this nursery rhyme? “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors, and see all the people!”
Here’s my revised version, which seems appropriate after chasing after steeples to photograph for this month’s “Photo Friday”:
Here’s a church, where’s the steeple? This one might count. Should just ask the people.
Or I could just consult a dictionary. The simple definition of a steeple, according to Merriam-Webster: a tall, pointed tower on a church. The full definition: A tall structure usually having a small spire at the top and surmounting a church tower. Broadly: A whole church tower.
My Platonic ideal of a steeple: Cathedral Metropolitana in São Paulo, Brazil (photo by Morio via Wikimedia Commons; for more cathedral pics, click here.)
Ready for a mini-tour of the steeple scene in Topeka? I’ve left the names off of the churches. Can you guess the denomination?
First up: The most “Platonic” of the steeples in Topeka, currently being refurbished as part of a multimillion dollar renovation project. (How would you like to be working on this?)
A riff on the steeple: the steeple-ish roof. Does anyone know anything about this architectural style?
And a few from Central Topeka:
Finally, here’s the last (fuzzy) pic I took this morning: A hawk perched atop a church tower, which I snapped with my husband’s phone camera. I had already put my Canon away, and my own cell phone was dead. Not prepared! Aargh!
How about if you just go back and dwell on that splendid pic of the Cathedral Metropolitana?