Luxe Catholic (St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC)

On Park Avenue, between 83rd and 84th. The church was open, so I took a discrete peek. I pass by this one a lot. Was stunned by the interior. It’s a late 19th century century neo-baroque thing. My mother says “it repeats the baroque style of the counter-revolution.” Stony on the outside and all warm and glazed up in the inside. Is this the place to lament, Jews can’t build like this? With the photographs I took, I’m liking the boxed door frames and the color-in-the-box effect. This is one way that religion works, aesthetically.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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