Welcome back to The Hollow today, thanks for popping by!  For today’s post, we are going to take a look at a local heritage site, the Church Of Our Lord, located right in the heart of Victoria, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island.  This church is a heritage site that was deemed a National Historic Site in 1998.

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

Founded in 1874, this wonderful church was originally attended by many of Victoria’s pioneer families.  Sir James Douglas donated the land for the facility, and a Carpenter Gothic design was created by a local architect.  Sir James Douglas was the colonial Governor of BC and is often referred to as “the Father of British Columbia”.

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

A recent renovation dubbed the “Restoration 125 Project” was completed, seeing the original pipe organ fully restored and the outside of the building painted in its originally correct and historic colors.  Many wonderful architectural details are visible in this shot, including some of the wonderful stained glass.  I find the stark contrast of the heritage church against the new condominium development right behind it really creates a bit of a visual dichotomy.

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

In this shot, we enjoy peeking through an outer window into the inner sanctum to see the stained glass from the other side of the building.  Some of the details of the architecture are more visible from this angle, too, creating further interest.

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

Church Of Our Lord - Victoria BC Canada

My fascination with photographing doors continues with our work on this church.  Wonderful architectural elements create a strong sense of history, and the circular window above the entrance alcove is beautiful and large.  The light streaming into the church itself, especially in the morning when this side of the building faces the rising sun, must be absolutely exquisite.

Our recent sale of an image to the Anglican Church of Canada for inclusion in their annual calendar next year is really an exciting event for us here at The Hollow.  Our image was selected for the December page and we are delighted and honored, and hope to have more commissions like this in the future.

Thanks for the visit today, we sure do appreciate it!  Please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. avatar Len says:

    Terrific shots as usual Toad. Outstanding. There is something about those windows that I love. You keep this up and I will have to move there ; )

    • God Len, thank you so much! At the very least, we’d be delighted to meet up with you here on a visit so even if you can’t move, maybe you could drop by our crazy little island sometime? We sure do appreciate all the support and kindness here my friend!

  2. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Wow, that’s really cool. The way the building was designed, the 2nd shot almost has a sort of optical illusion quality to it. That’s freaking awesome. Nice capture!

  3. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Love the bell tower!Nicely presented,thanks for sharing with us Toad

  4. avatar Jose Vazquez says:

    Great shots Toad! The first thing I noticed in that first image was how the church contrasts with the modern condos behind it. Gothic architecture is always beautiful.

  5. Interesting historical post today Toad. The contrast between old and new couldn’t be more evident than in the first image. Beautifully captured details and light. Congratulations on your calendar sale. I knew that it was just a matter of time before you were discovered and published!

  6. avatar Jimmy Denham says:

    Congrats on the sale Toads! What a magnificent church here! Love the design details and that round stained glass on the front is awesome!

  7. avatar Heather says:

    Ohhhhhh I need to shoot this! I love old churches! So awesome Toad!

    • Woot! I love shooting churches, that’s for sure, and interesting ones like this one we’ve posted today are a real pleasure to shoot and share. Thanks so kindly for popping by today Heather, we sure do appreciate that!

  8. God has a way of preserving his peoples Ora and I would like to include also his buildings…

  9. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    I love to photograph doorways too Toad…haven’t done that in awhile though. What a beautiful church nesteld into the busy landscape! A wonderful post, as always my friend!

  10. avatar Jim Nix says:

    well done Toad and love how the blue sky just pops!!