Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Inside Antarctica’s Catholic Ice Chapel. The World’s Most Southerly Church.

Text and Illustration: CHURCHPOP

Antarctica is an amazing giant Continent at The South Pole. Braving Winter temperatures of over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit below zero, a few thousand people live there at any given time. And, because, like most people, they have spiritual needs, there are a number of Chapels at various government Bases.

It just so happens that the Southernmost Chapel (of any Religion) is a Catholic Chapel at the Argentinian Belgrano II Base (still over 800 miles from The South Pole). And it has a unique attribute: It is carved out of pure ice.

That’s right, it’s in a permanent ice cave.

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