Posted by: rbbadger | July 8, 2010

The baldacchino at Myeong-dong Cathedral

If you visit Seoul’s Myeong-dong Cathedral, you’ll note a huge baldacchino, or canopy over the archbishop’s throne.  It is an impressive piece work, but it still seems strange that the archbishop’s chair would have something so utterly massive hanging over it.

My fellow blogger Peter Kim has uncovered a bit of the history behind this baldacchino.  There used to be a rather stunning pulpit which was sadly removed.  You can see it by clicking here.  While they kept the canopy, they got rid of the accompanying pulpit. Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul kept its massive pulpit and canopy, something which is a blessing at major liturgies.  You can see theirs here.


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