on November 13, 2000
When we first walked in, I was truly taken aback by the beauty of the alter area. It wasn't necessarily all of the icons, but the unique lighting that grabbed my attention. There were deep blues, reds, and greens in the background of the crucifix and marble Biblical icons. We were greeted by two ladies who gave us the student admission price of $1 and pointed us to start walking around the left of the pews.I've seen many cathedrals and abbeys in the UK and Europe, but this one was definitely different. There was a lot of color on the ceiling, which strangely reminded me of the ceiling of Grand Central Station in NY, a bit tacky. The floor was a bit tacky also, with bright teal tiles that went along the main walkways of tourists. There were three wraparound balconies which, unfortunately, blocked the overall view and effect of the stained glass windows along the walls. The Basilica is worth seeing, if for nothing else, for that fascinating lighting. It was a disappointment overall, though, after seeing cathedrals and abbeys in other countries.
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