Part of the experience we hope visitors will have when they come to Ebenezer Chapel is one of being transported in mind, imagination and spirit. Sacred spaces, like the ones that inspired us (and are listed below), remove you from the world you live in and allow you to exist out of time. Design and structure, the artwork, lighting, sounds or lack of sound are what make architectural spaces unique and what make sacred spaces so powerful.
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Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain
Lead architect Xavier Vilalta’s office is directly across the street from this amazing structure, designed by architectural genius – Antoni Gaudi. The carved stone seeks to explain the Christian religion: the history of the Church, sacred scriptures, the tradition of dedication to the Saints, Christian doctrine and worship.
The Lower Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi Assisi, Italy
The lower Basilica was designed by Brother Elias of Cortona, who was chosen by St. Francis of Assisi to administer the Order of the Franciscans, even though he was a simple lay person. Elias learned how to build sepulchers out of hare rock and created the space around Saint Francis' tomb.
Sistine Chapel Rome, Italy
The Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's masterpiece and considered to be one of the greatest works of art in human history. It is eternally relevant to man’s understanding of himself, his relationship to God and an amazing study of creation. The art in Ebenezer Chapel will seek to inspire people to look inward at their own creation, humanity and relationship to the Lord.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher Jerusalem, Israel.
Jesus’s tomb was carved out of solid rock. The tomb is empty yet filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Over time, we hope that the prayers of many will also transform the space inside Ebenezer Chapel into a holy place.
Lalibela Rock Hewn Churches Lasta Mountain, Ethiopia
In one single area, there are 11 churches that have been cut completely out of a single block of stone from top down into the ground. They are all connected by tunnels and the technology used is amazing. These were an inspiration for Ebenezer Chapel not just because of the means in which they were created, but because of the depths, materials and way that visitors can go more deeply within themselves while walking through the tunnels from church to church.
Coober Pedy Serbian Church Coober Pedy, Australia
A recent church carved underground by opal miners in the desert of Australia. Many people are drawn to the church because of its underground location, its art and sense of peace and reverence.
Church of Saint-Jean de Montierneuf Poitiers, France
This church was carved out of solid rock over 900 years ago by Benedictine Monks. The light coming through a natural opening in the stone above, but it represents heavenly light and Christ as our beacon... the Light of the World.
The entrance was lost for many years and only rediscovered in the 1950.’s. The raw nature of the interior mixed with light and a place of rest is very much in keeping with what we hope to accomplish at Ebenezer Chapel.
Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki, Finland
As planned for Ebenezer Chapel, this church is carved out of solid granite, is underground and uses light filtering in from above. The walls are of bare rock providing excellent acoustics. Over 500,000 people come to visit the church each year and enjoy the interplay of sound and vision.
The Underground Church Wherever people are oppressed
For centuries right up to this very minute, many believers have had to worship Christ in secret. Ebenezer Chapel will pay tribute to those in difficult circumstances while providing a place where all can come to worship, pray, commune and feel connected to others and to God.