Roberta Writes: Thursday Doors – St Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Parish, Victory Park

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

I couldn’t find any history for this particular Catholic Church but it is a well known church and the one my mother and I first attended when we arrived in Johannesburg from the UK. I was 1 year old at the time and my mom rented a flat near this area because my aunt, my mom’s sister, lived nearby.

This church is affectionately called the Lemon Squeezer because of its interesting arcitecture.

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49 thoughts on “Roberta Writes: Thursday Doors – St Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Parish, Victory Park

  1. That’s a beautiful church, Robbie, and very interesting architecture. I have to share a link with you. When I lived in Queens, New York in 1977, I attended The Church of American Martyrs. Take a look at this photo (it’s not mine)

    Thanks for sharing your memory and for supporting Thursday Doors. I hope you have a chance to relax this weekend.

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      1. That seems right to me.
        We had to build a stool we could sit on with the fewest coat hangers possible. The triangle based structures were the clear winners there. (That was not me…)


    1. I don’t know if you’ve ever read IT by Stephen King, Jacquie. The story features a library with and interesting shape and a glass walkway. This building fascinates one of the child characters, Ben, and it comes back into the story when he is an adult in the book. Strangely, I always remembered that and it always comes into my mind when I look at this church.

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  2. I can see why the church is called the Lemon Squeezer. I’m partial to the old wood or stone churches. One of my favorites was a very small church off a dirt road in Hereford, Quebec. It was all wood inside, like the inside of an old sailing ship.

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  3. Great photos, Robbie. I had to find out more about St. Charles Borromeo (I am fascinated by the life of saints). He was innovative and dedicated – a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation alongside Ignatius of Loyola and Philip Neri. He was the Archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584 and a cardinal of the Catholic Church and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church. I love your posts because they lead to so many important events in history.

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    1. Hi REbecca, thanks for adding this information. I never thought about including the history of the relevant saint. I was reading all about St Andrew last night and his connection to Scotland and the town that bears his name. It’s very interesting how St Andrew becoming the patron saint of Scotland came about and even more interesting that St Andrew’s day is not a generally recognised public holiday in Scotland due to the impact of the Scottish Reformation.

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