186 – A Gothic Bell Tower


The Church of St. Andrew & St. David, located on Germain Street in the uptown area is an excellent subject for photographers looking to capture the beauty of Canada’s oldest incorporated city.  This is a photograph of the bell-tower, which has quite the interesting story behind it, being repaired in 1995 by the father of a family of Romanian refugees facing deportation.  They were given sanctuary in the chapel for approximately one month, and he worked on it during this time.  It now rings every Sunday at noon to remind people of this family and their struggle for freedom.

This excerpt from Tennyson’s poem ‘In Memoriam’ is insribed on the bell:

“Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife.

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring in the valiant man, and free,

The larger heart, kindlier hand.

Ring in the Christ that is to be.”

Tour Guide Resource Manual – http://www.standrewstdavid.ca/

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