An Architectural Photoblog

by Mike on October 30, 2005

I think I aggravated a few sensitivities when I suggested in my last post that Swansea is an ugly city. Maybe it’s not entirely true; there are indeed some fine examples of architecture from different periods in the city’s history. Here’s one of them.

St. Benedict\'s Church, Swansea
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Swansea

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }


Jen 10.30.05 at 8:35 pm

I love the contrast between the sky and the white of the church. Tis really cool! I think you’ve definately proven that Swansea is not ugly!


Eugene McKinnon 10.30.05 at 8:51 pm

What part of Swansea is that church found in?
I never go to see it when I was there.



Richard 10.30.05 at 9:26 pm

I’m sure you did see it Eugene, but I can see why you don’t recognize it. St Benedict’s is on the Gower Road, more or less where Sketty becomes the Uplands.


Ruth 10.31.05 at 10:39 am

Mike, did you take the photo yourself, as it is very impressive.

It is yet another example why Swansea is NOT ugly, no matter what Dylan Thomas may say.


Wood 10.31.05 at 10:57 am

Got to be honest, I’ve always thought that St. Benedict’s is one of the ugliest buildings I’ve ever seen!


Mike 10.31.05 at 2:20 pm

Well Wood, you’re wrong! ;)

But really, it is a buildilng that can be taken either way. Normally, i’d be with Wood on this one. However, I think it sits quite well in it’s environment, and it is something of a landmark, particularly if you’ve ever found yourself having to give directions in Sketty!

And yep, the pic’s mine, though I would forgive Eugene for not having noticed it even if he has walked past; it’s not exactly an accurate portrayal. If the sky ever looks like that in Swansea, i’d get worried.


blonde 10.31.05 at 11:01 pm

It’s based on one of the old French Cathedrals (I think Cluny but can’t remember); that huge white barn look, with pinpricks of beauty breaking up the expanse of white concrete. Sometimes if you walk past it at sunset, the windows on the Sketty Road side are on fire, just breathtaking.

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