Halifax: The Unexplained Silhouette…
Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 166th). This week I’m taking a break from Chiang Mai and Thailand, and heading home to Halifax. I want to show you Halifax’s oldest building and the oldest Protestant church in Canada.
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That would be Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, opening its doors on September 2, 1750. Many of the church’s parishioners are credited with being instrumental in the founding of Halifax, the province, and even Canada. St. Paul’s is often referred to as the “Westminister Abbey of Canada” because of its many stained glass windows, and memorials. One memorial tablet records the church as having the first Sunday school in Canada; 1783.
I can’t remember why, but the church wasn’t open on the day I took these photos. I don’t have any shots of the inside, but this shot of the 1917 Halifax Explosion Window is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.
Halifax is not without its share of ghost stories, and there is one attached to this window with its shadowy silhouetted head that appeared in a third floor window of the church on the day of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Who did the head belong to? Well, there is no clear answer. Some believe that an organist was practising at the time of the explosion, which severed his head and ultimately blasting it through the window. Another popular story is that it is the head of Reverend Jean-Baptiste Moreau. Moreau was a church assistant at St. Paul’s between 1750 and 1753. A third theory is that it’s the head of one of the unlucky sailors, who were serving on one of the two colliding ships that caused the horrific explosion. Only one thing is for certain, we will never know.
Even stranger than who’s severed head may have crashed through the window is the fact that each time the window has been replaced the silhouette has reappeared. How bizarre is that?
Admission to the church is always free.
Open year round…
Church: 9am-4.30pm Monday – Friday
Summer Guided Tours:
9am- 4.30 Saturday (July and August).
The church also boasts an impressive archive, so if you’re a history buff wanting to do some research you can make an appointment.
By appointment only.
Contact the church office, or through the church’s website… “Contact”
This is the 166th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.
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