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Altar Collection

"Altar: A Gateway to the Divine" The altar, a sacred space adorned with symbols and relics, serves as a bridge between mortals and the divine

Background imageAltar Collection: Winged Victory of Samothrace or Nike of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace or Nike of Samothrace
Greek art. Winged Victory of Samothrace or Nike of Samothrace. 2nd century BC. Marble. Sculpture of the greek goodess Nike (Victory). Museum of Louvre. Paris

Background imageAltar Collection: St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas)

St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas)
REV345898 St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas) by Spanish School, (17th century); Monasterio de Santa Maria de San Salvador, Canas

Background imageAltar Collection: Apparition at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland

Apparition at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, which took place on 21 August 1879. Fifteen people of different ages saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist

Background imageAltar Collection: Temple of San Simon, also known as Maximon, Patron Saint of Gamblers and Drunks

Temple of San Simon, also known as Maximon, Patron Saint of Gamblers and Drunks, San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageAltar Collection: Egyptian art. Relief depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and thre

Egyptian art. Relief depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and thre
Egyptian art. A house altar depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and three of their Daughters. Relief. Limestone. New Kingdom. Amarna period. 18th dynasty. C. 1350 B.C. Egyptian Museum of Berlin. Germany

Background imageAltar Collection: Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organs

Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organs
Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organ, view from bellow

Background imageAltar Collection: Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey

Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey
A panoramic view inside Westminster Abbey to show the position, movements and sequence of ceremonies (indicated by numbers) of the Coronation ceremony of King George VI. Date: 1937

Background imageAltar Collection: Interior of St. Stephans Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

Interior of St. Stephans Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

Background imageAltar Collection: The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival

The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival
BIR68247 The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival, from the series The Quest for the Holy Grail, 1895-96 (wool, silk)

Background imageAltar Collection: Army Chaplain in Great War Deeds, WW1

Army Chaplain in Great War Deeds, WW1
An Army Chaplain holding a night service on the battlefield, with a packing case as an altar and a tin mug as a chalice. Reproduction of a painting by A C Michael in Great War Deeds

Background imageAltar Collection: Pergamon Altar. Hecate fighting against the giant Klytios ne

Pergamon Altar. Hecate fighting against the giant Klytios ne
Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC. Marble and limestone. Gigantomachy. South frieze. The three-faceted goddess Hecate fighting with a torch

Background imageAltar Collection: Wallingford Screen, St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire

Wallingford Screen, St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire
View of the 15th century Wallingford Screen (high altar) in St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire. The statues were destroyed during the Dissolution, but were replaced in the 19th century

Background imageAltar Collection: Raphaels oil painting of the Resurrection of Jesus, the altarpiece of the Altar of

Raphaels oil painting of the Resurrection of Jesus, the altarpiece of the Altar of the Transfiguration, St. Peters Basilica, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background imageAltar Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageAltar Collection: Pergamon Altar. Athena against the giant Alcyoneus

Pergamon Altar. Athena against the giant Alcyoneus
Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC by artists of the school of Pergamon. Marble and limestone. East frieze. Gigantomachy. Struggle between gods and giants

Background imageAltar Collection: The altar with Berninis baldacchino, St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City

The altar with Berninis baldacchino, St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background imageAltar Collection: Lourdes - The Grotto

Lourdes - The Grotto
Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Grotto, with believers praying beneath and hanging crutches testament to the miraculous cures achievers by those of faith at this sacred Christian site

Background imageAltar Collection: Chapel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

Chapel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

Background imageAltar Collection: Raphaels oil painting of The Resurrection of Jesus on the Altarpiece of the Altar of

Raphaels oil painting of The Resurrection of Jesus on the Altarpiece of the Altar of the Transfiguration, St. Peters Basilica, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background imageAltar Collection: The High Altar of St. Pauls Cathedral; Second World War, 19

The High Altar of St. Pauls Cathedral; Second World War, 19
Photograph showing the High Altar of St. Pauls Cathedral, London, after a German bomb had exploded on the choir roof and destroyed a large section of roof, 1940

Background imageAltar Collection: Kali, Hindu goddess of destruction

Kali, Hindu goddess of destruction, Totem, India, Asia

Background imageAltar Collection: Twelve Tables of Rome drawn up

Twelve Tables of Rome drawn up
The Twelve Tables, Romes first legal code, are drawn up by a commission at the request of the plebeians

Background imageAltar Collection: Apparition of the Virgin to St. Catherine Laboure (1806-76) 31st July 1830

Apparition of the Virgin to St. Catherine Laboure (1806-76) 31st July 1830
CHT205774 Apparition of the Virgin to St. Catherine Laboure (1806-76) 31st July 1830, 1835 (oil on canvas) by Le Cerf, (fl.1835); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAltar Collection: The Pope Urban II consecrates the altar of the

The Pope Urban II consecrates the altar of the church of the Cluny abbey (1085). Miniature of 12th c. Romanesque art. Miniature Painting. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageAltar Collection: Catholic mass, Annecy, Haute Savoie, France, Europe

Catholic mass, Annecy, Haute Savoie, France, Europe

Background imageAltar Collection: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco State, Mexico, North America

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco State, Mexico, North America

Background imageAltar Collection: Canvas by Rubens in Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, Europe

Canvas by Rubens in Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, Europe

Background imageAltar Collection: Christ in Majesty, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, South Wales

Christ in Majesty, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, South Wales
Christ in Majesty, sculpture by Epstein, in the nave of Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, South Wales. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageAltar Collection: Cologne Cathedral interior, Germany

Cologne Cathedral interior, Germany
Interior of Cologne Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St Petrus), in Germany. The Cathedral is viewed from the main entrance, showing the High Altar at the far end. circa 1910s

Background imageAltar Collection: Sacrifice of Abel and Melchizedek (538-545 AD). Basilica of

Sacrifice of Abel and Melchizedek (538-545 AD). Basilica of
Scene of Abrahams life. Abel and Melchizedek bringing their offerings to the altar (538-545 AD). Basilica of St. Vitale. Presbytery. South wall. Rabenna. Italy

Background imageAltar Collection: Pergamon Altar. Hephaistos and goddess Eos riding a horse

Pergamon Altar. Hephaistos and goddess Eos riding a horse
Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC by artists of the school of Pergamon. Marble and limestone. South frieze. Gigantomachy

Background imageAltar Collection: Fructidor (August / September) twelfth month of the Republican Calendar, engraved by Tresca, c

Fructidor (August / September) twelfth month of the Republican Calendar, engraved by Tresca, c
XIR82282 Fructidor (August/September) twelfth month of the Republican Calendar, engraved by Tresca, c.1794 (coloured engraving) by Lafitte, Louis (1770-1828) (after); Musee de la Ville de Paris

Background imageAltar Collection: St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila (engraving)

St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila (engraving)
XIR78696 St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila (engraving) by French School, (16th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Saint Jean de la Croix; ); French

Background imageAltar Collection: Interior of Lille Cathedral, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille, Lille, France

Interior of Lille Cathedral, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille, Lille, France

Background imageAltar Collection: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591). Italian Jesuit. Colored

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591). Italian Jesuit. Colored
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591). Italian Jesuit seminarian and student at the Roman college. He died in Rome, at the service of persons infected by the plague

Background imageAltar Collection: The jagged mountains in Catalonia with Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat), Spain

The jagged mountains in Catalonia with Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat), Spain, showing the Benedictine Abbey at Montserrat, Santa Maria de Montserrat, near Barcelona

Background imageAltar Collection: The Virgin with the Host, 1841 (oil on canvas)

The Virgin with the Host, 1841 (oil on canvas)
BAL47687 The Virgin with the Host, 1841 (oil on canvas) by Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867); Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; French, out of copyright

Background imageAltar Collection: Myanmars most famous Buddha image, 13ft high and covered in 6 inches of pure gold leaf

Myanmars most famous Buddha image, 13ft high and covered in 6 inches of pure gold leaf, Mahamuni Paya, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia

Background imageAltar Collection: MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god

MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century

Background imageAltar Collection: A Parsi woman at a fire altar

A Parsi woman at a fire altar
A Parsi (Zoroastrian) Indian woman at a fire altar, worshipping Zoroaster Date: 1906

Background imageAltar Collection: Old Coventry Cathedral

Old Coventry Cathedral
The altar and east end of the cathedral of Saint Michael. Building began in 1373, on the site of an earlier cathedral. Mostly destroyed during the Blitz on 14 November 1940

Background imageAltar Collection: The Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral, 1926

The Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral, 1926. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott and built on St James Mount, in the centre of Liverpool, this is the second largest Anglican cathedral in the world

Background imageAltar Collection: Napoleon I crowns himself King of Italy in 1805, (c1900)

Napoleon I crowns himself King of Italy in 1805, (c1900). French advertising for Liebigs extract of meat

Background imageAltar Collection: Italiy. Venice. Saint Marks Basilica. Noahs Ark. Mosaic. 1

Italiy. Venice. Saint Marks Basilica. Noahs Ark. Mosaic. 1
Noah free the animals of the ark, Mosaic from the Pala d Oro or Golden Altar 12th-14th centuries. Saint Marks Basilica. Venice. Italy

Background imageAltar Collection: Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872

Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872
XJF477744 Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872 (engraving) by Poynter, Edward John (1836-1919) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAltar Collection: Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c. 1429 (tempera on panel)

Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c. 1429 (tempera on panel)
XIR167594 Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c.1429 (tempera on panel) by Mirailhet, Jean (d.1457); Musee d Art et d Histoire, Palais Massena, Nice

Background imageAltar Collection: Hundreds of bats in a cave above the altar, Temple of the Bats or Goa Lawah, Bali, Indonesia

Hundreds of bats in a cave above the altar, Temple of the Bats or Goa Lawah, Bali, Indonesia

Background imageAltar Collection: Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day

Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day
Washington DC, USA - Mural - The Occupation of the Day by Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Religion. Worship before an altar of Fire



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"Altar: A Gateway to the Divine" The altar, a sacred space adorned with symbols and relics, serves as a bridge between mortals and the divine. Just like the majestic Winged Victory of Samothrace, also known as Nike of Samothrace, it stands tall and proud, embodying triumph and grace. In St. Teresa of Avila's oil on canvas masterpiece, we witness her spiritual ecstasy as she connects with higher realms through prayer. Similarly, in Egyptian art depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and their three children in relief form, we glimpse into their devotion to gods who ruled over ancient Egypt. At the Temple of San Simon or Maximon resides the Patron Saint of Gamblers and Drunks - a reminder that even those deemed lost can find solace within these hallowed walls. Meanwhile, at Knock in County Mayo Ireland's Apparition site, believers gather seeking solace from heavenly visions. "The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail" reveals Sir Galahad's quest for enlightenment while Sir Bors and Sir Percival accompany him on this sacred journey. In times of war like WW1 depicted by an Army Chaplain fulfilling his duties amidst chaos and despair - altars become sanctuaries for hope. A map outlining Westminster Abbey's Coronation ritual showcases how they are central to royal ceremonies where monarchs receive divine blessings upon ascending thrones. Inside St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna Austria lies another magnificent altar that inspires awe among worshippers who seek spiritual nourishment within its grandeur. Lourdes' Grotto holds profound significance for countless pilgrims who flock there seeking miraculous healing - a testament to faith transcending physical boundaries. Pergamon Altar portrays Athena battling against Alcyoneus - symbolizing our eternal struggle against adversity with divine intervention guiding us towards victory.