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Churches & Cathedrals in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Churches & Cathedrals in Fredericton

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  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
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    Majestic Anglican cathedral church in downtown Fredericton was consecrated in 1853. It is built in the Gothic Revival style. I did not go in – it was closed when I passed, but I did view the interior online. The cathedral was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1983. It is the only Cathedral in Canada that is not itself a parish.
    Written August 19, 2021
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  • jkmtravel
    Fredericton, Canada68 contributions
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    Fredericton has never really been up to the minute when it comes to architectural trends, so it's not surprising that when the Baptist congregation rebuilt their downtown church in the 1880s that they would go with Gothic revival. After all, the stodgy establishment types had been building Gothic revival for years. So, when designing the outside, it's not surprising that the upstart Baptists would try for a bit of respectability via that route.

    The intricate sandstone stonework facade is lovely, but the simple shape of the exterior, with stepped spires pointing in the direction one must assume the congregation thinks of as heaven is most striking, especially when viewed from a distance. Unfortunately, the main steeple with its intricate wrought iron finial had to be removed earlier this year. Fortunately, the large congregation is great at raising money and will probably have it back up and repaired in record time. For now, however, the effect on the shape of the building is less than ideal.

    The local shipbuilding tradition gives a special flavour to the interior. You can really imagine that the artisans and carpenters who worked on the interior spent most of their time building wooden schooners, although probably most of them were actually cabinet makers and land carpenters. You can't mistake the traditional Baptist prayer meeting layout - ideal for singing and being heard, and for keeping an eye on your neighbours.

    In typical Fredericton ecclesiastical fashion, the pews are uncomfortable. I am given to understand that the contemporary services (Christian rock music), that take place in the gym next door have better seating, but it lacks a certain gravitas that many like to associate with their preferred deity.
    Written December 7, 2016
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  • Bryan S
    Oshawa, Canada9 contributions
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    Visiting Fredericton from out of province and enjoyed the Sunday church service and coffee get together afterwards
    Written September 14, 2018
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  • Scuba_Cuba
    Barrie, Ontario54 contributions
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    I prefer a less modern church. Seems a bit too liberal for me, not much reverence. We don't need people-pleasing priests, we need them to direct their parishioners to heaven.
    Written July 20, 2018
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