I hadn't felt that way about a building since, until (FINALLY) getting to visit the chapel at the United States Air Force Academy.
There had been two prior attempts to make this visit: first, on my very first day in Colorado Springs, when my mom and I popped over to USAFA on a spur-of-the-moment visit, and the chapel was closed. And two, when I visited with Christina, and we went too late in the day, so the chapel was closed again. But with my parents in town for a week, I was determined to the point of tunnel vision to make it happen. We had tickets to the Air Force vs. Boise State game last Saturday, so we were already going to be on campus and everything. The chapel was priority #1.
If you're wondering about my fixation on getting into the chapel... it had nothing to do with religion. I'm a borderline-atheist Jew (who just so happens to be fasting for Yom Kippur as we speak. So. hungry). After visiting so many churches in Europe, I was kind of over the religion overdose, even though churches are usually incredibly beautiful. But like I said, I really like cool buildings!
You know the inside of something that looks like this has to be pretty cool, right? But I was so not expecting what I got.
IT'S SO PRETTY! Cool architecture and glowing rainbow colors?! Yes please!
The places of worship of four religions are housed in this one building. This is the Protestant chapel, so we then headed downstairs to check out the synagogue.
And then we made a stop into the Catholic chapel. (Is that the correct terminology? Sorry, religion is not my forte.)
Unfortunately, the Buddhist temple was closed, as there were services going on.
I'm pretty obsessed with this place. Whenever I've visited churches, my enjoyment is always slightly dampened by the feeling that I'm getting the saints shoved down my throat. And hey, I get it -- churches are places specifically for religion! It's my own fault for walking in! It's just unfortunate, in my mind, that I can look at a beautiful stained glass window and not understand what's going on in the scene depicted in it. I'm also generally not a fan of that early style of art in general. So I absolutely love that this building is artistically very plain. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and it feels like a place where you could just go and sit and think (or pray, if that's your thing).
Also? It's impossible to take a bad picture of a place like this.
It was totally worth the 16-month wait!