St. Hyacinth Basilica

© Leslie McLain

St. Hyacinth Basilica

Lindley Johnson level-classic 1/8/2012 5:53:41 PM

Beautiful, Leslie! Terrific composition, and the reflection is a bonus. #1435298

Michael S. Baker 1/8/2012 8:29:33 PM

Beautiful shot, Leslie! #9909828

Michelle Alton 1/9/2012 4:37:11 AM

This is a gorgeous cathedral image, Leslie. #9910270

Julianne Bradford 1/9/2012 7:29:26 AM

You certainly show off this beautiful church at it's best advantage Leslie! Wonderful work. #9910483

Carol Flisak level-classic 1/9/2012 9:48:25 AM

Gorgeous capture of this beautiful church, Leslie... excellent comp and details! #9910645

Christopher Budny level-classic 1/9/2012 10:02:37 AM

I need another visit to Chicago, clearly! Great capture! #9910665

John Connolly level-classic 1/9/2012 11:43:58 AM

This beautiful Basilica really exudes old world charm Leslie! this is one amazing indoor shot, you did a great job with this one! #9910808

Tammy Espino level-classic 1/9/2012 2:16:57 PM

Beautiful church capture. I like all those flowers up front :) #9911118

Ellen Hodges level-classic 1/9/2012 5:14:23 PM

Absolutely gorgeous capture, Leslie! Beautiful pov and details!! #9911392

Ann Lyssenko level-classic 1/11/2012 7:31:01 AM

Wow! Thanks for the history. It helps to put people in the pews during a service. Your perspective makes me want to put my foot forward and walk into the scene. Ann #9914613

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic 1/17/2012 10:17:59 AM

Stunning! #9925576

Ellen Hodges level-classic 2/26/2012 4:09:20 PM

Congrats on a fab finalist, Leslie!! Very best luck!! #10003372

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 2/26/2012 4:19:13 PM

Congrats on this gorgeous finalist, Leslie!

Debby #10003450

Carol Flisak level-classic 2/26/2012 4:31:11 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist! Good luck in the next round! #10003562

Carol Flisak level-classic 2/26/2012 4:31:11 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist! Good luck in the next round! #10003563

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/26/2012 4:45:55 PM

Way to go Leslie!

Congrats on your awesome finalist!

jo ann c. #10003664

Kathy Salerni level-classic 2/26/2012 4:57:45 PM

Huge congrats on your well deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round, Leslie! #10003755

Amy M. Wilson 2/26/2012 5:14:19 PM

Big congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Leslie!! WTG #10003928

Terry Cervi level-classic 2/26/2012 5:40:02 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Leslie! #10004234

Tammy Espino 2/26/2012 5:51:14 PM

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #10004350

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 2/26/2012 7:23:47 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Leslie! #10004873

Julianne Bradford level-classic 2/26/2012 7:49:16 PM

Congratulations!!! Again Leslie! #10005050

Michael S. Baker level-classic 2/26/2012 8:02:47 PM

Just a beautiful shot, Leslie! Congrats on being a finalist with this image! #10005145

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 2/26/2012 8:12:34 PM

Gorgeous Leslie, congrats! #10005203

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 2/26/2012 8:17:23 PM

This is so beautiful Leslie. Congrats on your finalist award. Good luck. #10005241

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/26/2012 8:35:15 PM

Beautiful!! Congratulations Leslie!! #10005326

The Judges at 2/27/2012 7:10:52 AM

Beautiful #10006755

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 2/27/2012 8:54:57 AM

Beautiful image and a wonderful explanation of it history and culture. #10007260

Lindley Johnson level-classic 2/27/2012 9:29:11 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Leslie! #10007494

Karen Celella level-classic 2/27/2012 10:37:42 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Leslie! #10007897

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 2/27/2012 2:04:08 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Leslie. Beautiful colors. Good luck in the next round. #10008648

Stan Kwasniowski level-classic 2/27/2012 4:12:11 PM

Leslie, congratulations #10009160

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 2/27/2012 5:24:36 PM

CONGRATZ & good luck, Leslie! WTG! #10009339

Rona L. Schwarz 2/27/2012 6:25:10 PM

WOW! Another fantastic architectural church capture, Leslie! And another one I missed (due to my spotty participation in January!) But so glad the judges brought it to my attention. Exquisite detail, as always, and such clarity and terrific symmetry. Big Congrats on another outstanding Finalist! #10009536

Val Feldman level-classic 2/27/2012 9:04:26 PM

Happy to be the first to congratulate you on an outstanding Gold Winner - WTG, Leslie! #10009826

Kathy Salerni level-classic 2/27/2012 9:26:59 PM

Congratulations on your Gold Winning image, Leslie! #10009892

Patti Coblentz level-classic 2/27/2012 9:57:36 PM

So talented! This is outstanding, Leslie...congratulations on your gold win!!! #10009959

Julianne Bradford level-classic 2/27/2012 10:16:36 PM

Glad to see a gold added to this glowing capture Leslie! #10009983

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 2/28/2012 12:14:38 AM

Congrats on your gold win Leslie. #10010105

Ellen Hodges level-classic 2/28/2012 3:54:05 AM

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Leslie!!! Yea! #10010359

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 2/28/2012 4:35:34 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful Winner, Leslie! #10010478

Inge Linden level-classic 2/28/2012 4:57:12 AM

Congratulations!! #10010547

Karen Celella level-classic 2/28/2012 5:31:17 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding winner, Leslie! #10010682

Terry Cervi level-classic 2/28/2012 5:36:28 AM

Congrats on your gorgeous winner, Leslie!! #10010700

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/28/2012 5:53:18 AM

Congratulations on your gold winner!!! #10010756

Christopher Budny level-classic 2/28/2012 6:28:01 AM

The silver finalist badge just didn't "go" with this image---it requires gold! Congratulations! #10010845

Lindley Johnson level-classic 2/28/2012 7:59:02 AM

So happy to see gold on this beautiful image, Leslie! Big congratulations! #10011140

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/28/2012 7:59:49 AM

I missed this one somehow but glad to see it now with the deserving Gold, Leslie. huge CONGRATZ!

UB. #10011145

Irene Colling level-classic 2/28/2012 8:11:05 AM

Fantastic detail Leslie.

Congratulations on your gold award. #10011216

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 2/28/2012 10:11:12 AM

on your WINNER! 8o) #10011536

Carol Flisak level-classic 2/28/2012 10:43:23 AM

Huge congrats on your gorgeous winner, Leslie! #10011626

Michael S. Baker level-classic 2/28/2012 11:59:12 AM

Congratulations, Leslie, on your recognition for such a fine image! #10011748

Michael S. Baker level-classic 2/28/2012 12:01:04 PM

Congratulations, Leslie, on your recognition for such a fine image! #10011753

Tammy Espino level-classic 2/28/2012 12:49:30 PM

Congrats on your win!! :) #10011874

Michelle L. Frick 2/28/2012 2:16:08 PM

Congratulations Leslie! What beautiful details you captured! #10012125

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 2/28/2012 2:25:21 PM

Huge congrats on your win, Leslie!

Debby #10012167

Rona L. Schwarz 2/28/2012 3:20:59 PM

No surprise here, Leslie! Stunning detail - architectural photography at its very best! Super congratulations on a spectacular GOLD Winner, my friend! #10012273

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 2/28/2012 3:56:12 PM

Gorgeous image Leslie, and Congratulations on your Gold Win! #10012359

Jessica Jenney 2/28/2012 4:23:05 PM

Congratulations, Leslie on your gorgeous winner! #10012428

JO ANN CLEVELAND 2/28/2012 4:50:53 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful 2nd Place Gold Winner Leslie!

jo ann c. #10012493

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 2/28/2012 6:08:17 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible WINNER, Leslie! WTG, indeed! #10012656

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 2/28/2012 6:24:52 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful winner #10012697

Phyllis H. Burchett 2/28/2012 7:41:45 PM

BIG congrats Leslie!!! #10012845

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/28/2012 9:37:29 PM

Congrats on this wonderful winner Leslie! #10012970

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 3/1/2012 8:04:10 AM

Gorgeous, Leslie. Huge congrats on this winning GOLD. #10015673

David M. Montero 3/1/2012 11:22:12 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic shot winning gold Leslie! #10016123

Stanley C. Sims 9/17/2012 2:45:34 PM

Beautiful photo Leslie. Very well done. Congratulations on the gold. Love your gallery. #10326793

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It is a prime example of the so-called "Polish Cathedral style" of churches in both its opulence and grand scale. Due to St. Hyacinth's impressive size and history as the center of the neighborhood of first arrival for countless Polish Americans, the Basilica is considered to be the center of Chicago's Polonia, or Polish community. The church was designed by the architectural firm of Worthmann and Steinbach who built many of the magnificent Polish Cathedrals in Chicago. The church structure—a red-brick edifice in the Classical Revival style has an ornate interior of Baroque influence.

Exif: F Number: 12.9, ExposureTime: 616884/100000 seconds, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 25.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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