Top 10 Sites to See at Virginia Theological Seminary
If you're visiting the DC Metro Area, be sure to swing by Virginia Theological Seminary and check out these unique campus sites.
1. Stained Glass Windows - Immanuel Chapel's latest addition of three stained glass windows that represent the Holy Trinity were dedicated to the Seminary by the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church. Also in Immanuel Chapel are three stained glass windows from renowned glass artist, Rowan LeCompte.
2. Oakwood - Built circa 1790, this is the oldest building on Holy Hill.
3. The Cemetery - Established in 1876, the cemetery is the final resting place of Episcopal luminaries such as Professor William Sparrow, the Right Rev. William Meade, the 3rd Bishop of Virginia, the Most Rev. Henry St. George Tucker, the 19th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Charles Price.
4. St. Cyprian's Labyrinth - Surrounded by bricks from the 1881 Chapel and unused bricks from Immanuel Chapel, St. Cyprian’s Labyrinth invites you to bring your burdens to God in this meditation-inspiring maze.
5. Sculpture of "Mary As Prophet" - This unique interpretation of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary sits outside of the Chapel Garden.
6. Civil War Graffiti - Civil War buffs will enjoy the Yankee graffiti left on the walls when the church was turned into a military hospital.
7. Key Hall - This building which has served as a library, a Union hospital, a cafeteria, a place of worship, and a classroom was named after one of VTS' founders, Francis Scott Key.
8. The Flamingo - Grab a tasty treat or a piping hot coffee at this campus hub.
9. Phillips Brooks Bust - This alum wrote the famed Christmas carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and now greets visitors that enter the Bishop Payne Library.
10. Portrait of Bishop Walker - Bishop Walker holds the distinction of being the first African American student and graduate of VTS. His portrait was painted by artist Simmie Knox, the first black American artist to receive a presidential portrait commision.
Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship seminary of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1823, VTS prepares women and men from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the Church. VTS offers Masters and Doctoral level degrees, non-degree diplomas, and Continuing Education programs.
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