Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Inspiration..

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Trinity Church, Newport Rhode Island
In my humble opinion,one of the most beautiful Churches in  Newport, Rhode Island.
While living in the city as a Navy wife, I had the opportunity to visit the church. 
The acoustics from the Wineglass Pulpit were amazing!
No microphone was necessary for amplification of the normal speaking voice.
I can just imagine a fiery colonial sermon being delivered here!
The Tiffany windows  were glorious with sunshine streaming through.
In the graveyard adjacent were the markers bearing many historical names.


The Newport, Rhode Island congregation began to gather about 1698. When Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont was investigating charges of the infractions of the Navigation Acts in Rhode Island, he requested that the Board of Trade send a minister from England to Rhode Island. The first church structure was built in 1700.
The present church building was constructed in 1725-26, designed by local builder Richard Munday, who based his designs on those that he had seen that Sir Christopher Wren had used in London churches in the late 17th century. The church's design is very similar to that of Old North Church in Boston. Trinity, however, was built entirely of wood. It is believed to be the only church building with its three-tiered wineglass pulpit remaining in its original position in the center of the aisle, in front of the altar. The building was enlarged in 1764, but otherwise retains its original character with box pews.

Postcard of Church ca. 1920.
In 1731, Dean George Berkeley donated the first organ, whose wooden case, decorated with the Crown of England and the mitres of the archbishops of Canterbury and York, survives in place. The first organist was Charles Theodore Pachelbel, son of the famous GermanBaroque composer Johann Pachelbel.
The church was used as a garrison church by the British Army in 1776–1778. Local oral tradition reports that George Washington attended services there in 1781. Le Chevalier de Ternay, the French admiral who died in December 1780, is buried in the churchyard.
Also interred here is Dr. Sylvester Gardiner, who in 1753 purchased an immense tract ofMaine wilderness where he founded what is now the city of Gardiner. Many members of theVanderbilt family attended the church when summering in Newport.
Historical architect, Norman Isham, restored several parts of the church in the 1920s. The church has been seen in several films, including Amistad and Evening. The burial service for former Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell was held at the church in January 2009.

Tiffany Window

The Wineglass Pulpit

Another view

Center Aisle and Boxed Pews

Cemetery of Trinity church

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* all photos taken from Google Images*
History from Wikipedia  "Trinity Church of Newport Rhode Island"


  1. Beautiful shots. Exceptionally informative.

  2. Beautiful church! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. This is so gorgeous...I love the wineglass pulpit!

  4. I just love learning about historical buildings! That wineglass pulpit is just a beautiful site to behold.

    Thank you for sharing.


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