On a Sunday afternoon, Erich, a friend, and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill to climb the scenic tower overlooking Kettle Moraine, WI. A flight of 178 steep steps led past pane-less windows to a breathtaking aerial view.
We snapped a bunch of amateur photos and chatted with the friendly biker gang who made it to the top before us. (Catholic architecture draws a diverse crowd, it turns out.) Then we climbed down to explore the St. Therese Chapel and the interior of the church itself.
I love the thought, creativity, and purpose behind Christian architecture. The soaring ceilings, the marble, the gilt edges, the images your eyes run into everywhere — it definitely lifts my heart to heavenly thoughts.
It was quite a long drive for such a short climb, but we loved the architecture, the view, and the chance to catch up with a good friend. Maybe there’s a historic church in your neighborhood you can check out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!