Take me to Church

Apr 7, 2023

As a Syracuse-based drone photographer, I’ve spent countless hours capturing the unique beauty and character of this city from above. Looking back on my portfolio, I never really realized how often I had photographed churches. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but rather a natural attraction to the stunning architecture and design of these places of worship. This holiday season, in the midst of Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, I find myself reflecting on the importance of these churches and the role they play in our community.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Syracuse is home to a variety of architectural styles, and our churches are no exception. From the grand Gothic-style spires of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to the sleek, modern design of the Plymouth Congregational Church (see brief appearance in the video below), each church in Syracuse is unique in its own way. As a drone photographer, I am particularly drawn to the way these buildings look from above. The intricate details of the architecture and the way the buildings are situated within their surroundings make for some truly breathtaking images.

One church that always catches my eye is the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The church’s stunning red doors and towering steeple make for a striking image, especially when viewed from above. Similarly, the ornate architecture of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is truly something to behold. The way the light catches the intricate details of the building’s facade creates a mesmerizing effect that is truly awe-inspiring.

Another church that I love to photograph is the historic Park Central Presbyterian Church. Built in 1885, this stunning building features a mix of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, making it a true gem in the heart of the city. Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University is another stunning building that I enjoy capturing from above. Its beautiful Gothic Revival architecture and iconic bell tower make for some truly stunning images.

Of course, no discussion of Syracuse’s churches would be complete without mentioning St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. This striking church, with its unique onion-shaped domes and vibrant blue exterior, is a true standout in the city. The nearby Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, with its towering spires and breathtaking stained glass windows, is a true icon of the city.

Churches of Syracuse

Last but certainly not least is the Plymouth Congregational Church. This stunning modern church, designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier, is a testament to the enduring power of contemporary design. Its simple lines and stark white facade make for a striking contrast against the city skyline, and its unique triangular shape is a true standout feature.

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

As a drone photographer, I feel fortunate to be able to capture the beauty of these churches and share it with the world. Whether viewed from the ground or from above, each church in Syracuse is a true testament to the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit. This holiday season, take some time to appreciate the beauty of these stunning buildings and the important role they play in our community.





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