Overlooking the Hackensack Meadowlands, from the highest geographical point in Bergen County, Madonna Chapel is also the county’s oldest catholic church. For 165 years this beautiful chapel has been watching over the lowlands of North Jersey. Although the insidious encroachment of the high-rise apartment buildings threatens to dwarf and blot it from view, the chapel still stands by its cemetery, visible to millions, as they swiftly travel the superhighways to and from New York. It stands as a reminder of a simpler past when such spires were of greater significance to those who made them and saw them from afar.
We would like for a moment to step back and take a slow look at Madonna church, to feel its presence, its significance and the weight of its years. Perhaps we can all gain a sense of perspective from this look. one of these in Hindustan during exploration of the Himalayas, October 19, 1875.