Ever since I started to build my Lego village, it was obvious that there would have to be a church in there, in addition to houses and inns and taverns and shops etc. And as Lego won't be releasing any official church sets in the foreseeable future, it was necessary to design one myself. I wanted a rather dark and imposing, slightly gothic building, so about two years ago I began collecting dark bley pieces and other parts I thought I might need. Finally, on a random night last September, I started to build and in the morning I had a rough model ready, just missing a lot of roof pieces and a few other parts. It was much smaller than I had initially planned, but still easily the biggest thing I've made out of Lego. After that night the church has mostly just sat on my shelf collecting dust, until I finally managed to bricklink the last parts it needed a while ago. Apart from finishing the roof I did quite a lot of renevations, and now I think the building is more or less finished. For time being. Some day I'm gonna elongate the building with one pair of additional windows...
On to the pictures:
For the bell in the top of the tower, I used a silver-coloured Belville basket. The chain is for "ringing" it, even if they are actually just hanging there next to each other with no real mechanism:
Below is a small storage room. Though I have to question whether it's wise to store glass bottles on a narrow shelf just under the bell?
Part of the front of the tower is hinged so that you can access the room below, which is a study with a chest for church treasures and a writing desk (but wait, there's actually no window for light in this room... oops). You can also see the end of the chain mentioned above. From the study minifigs can walk through the door to the balcony above the main hall.
I didn't manage to take a good picture of the balcony, only this dark one with half the roof still intact. What you can see better than the balcony is one of the two candeliers that light the hall.
So what about the actual hall? Maybe we should first peek in from the direction that the minifigs use, the main doors. Actually the view is a bit different than it should be for minifigs, but I hope it is not too obvious why.
This is the view from the opposite direction, with the back wall removed. Apparently some think that the monk's sermon is rather dull.
Now the insides with the balcony and both parts of the roof removed.
Here's the pulpit and the altar by themselves. I'm rather pleased with how the pulpit turned out. First time I used this technique for spiral stairs. In the beginning I had a much simpler stone platform there, but was never really satisfied with it.
Under the baptismal font and the pulpit, both removable of course, are the resting places of a Black Falcon king and his loyal knight. This picture was taken right after the first all-nighter building session and much that you see has changed since then, but the graves themselves have stayed the same.
I'm also building terrain around the church, but it's only halfway ready and I have just one picture which doesn't show much. Also, as you can see, the picture is quite old. The tower roof is still missing corner slopes and the tower itself is around four bricks shorter, with no removable top.
Yes, there will be a graveyard next to the church. Obviously.