Trinity Church, Boston

Trinity Church, Boston

Trinity Church in Copley Square is the star attraction of the area, known for its stunning architectural beauty and interior design that aims to create the experience of "walking into a living painting". Henry Hobson Richardson's Romanesque masterpiece, completed in 1877, showcases his renowned aesthetic elements beautifully, including bold polychromatic masonry and intricately carved interior woodwork.

To fully appreciate the architecture, it's important to understand the logistical challenges of building in the Back Bay area. The Back Bay is a reclaimed wetland with a high water table, and Trinity Church, like other older buildings in the area, sits on submerged wooden pilings. The central tower alone weighs 9,500 tons, and most of the pilings support this massive structure. Regular checks are conducted to monitor any potential sinkage.

Richardson collaborated with leading artists of his time, such as John La Farge and William Morris, to create the paintings and stained glass, reflecting the pre-Raphaelite spirit and the emerging aesthetic of Morris's Arts and Crafts movement. While the entire church is magnificent, one of its standout features is La Farge's aquamarine 'Christ in Majesty' triptych, a stunning multi-dimensional stained-glass window. To witness its brilliance, plan your visit during sunset or attend one of the free organ recitals held on Fridays at 12:15 pm.

Tip:
Go in and take the self-guided audio tour – you won't be disappointed.

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Sight Name: Trinity Church
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Religious
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