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Post  eddie on Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:35 pm

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Alexander Nevski cathedral, Sofia.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:32 pm


St Vitus cathedral, Prague.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:38 pm


Nidaros cathedral, Trondhiem.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:45 pm


Annunciation cathedral, Kharkov.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:50 pm


St Stephen's cathedral, Vienna.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:53 pm


St Bavo cathedral, Ghent.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 7:59 pm


Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:02 pm


La Sagrada Familia stonework.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:04 pm


La Sagrada Familia. Turtle at the base of column.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:07 pm


La Sagrada Familia. Above the main altar.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:09 pm


La Sagrada Familia. Passion facade.
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La Sagrade Familia. Nativity facade.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:15 pm


St Paul's cathedral, London. View from the Millennium bridge.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:17 pm


Aerial view of St Paul's cathedral, London.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:19 pm


St Paul's during The Blitz.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:21 pm


Great West door of St Paul's cathedral.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:23 pm


Interior of St Paul's, looking towards the east.
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Post  eddie on Sat May 07, 2011 8:25 pm


Looking up at the dome of St Paul's.
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Post  eddie on Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:54 pm

Lincoln Cathedral

Rowan Moore

The Observer, Sunday 4 December 2011


An exterior shot of Lincoln Cathedral in the city of Lincoln. Photograph: Alamy

"A bicycle shed is a building," wrote Nikolaus Pevsner. "Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture", a statement so begging to be contradicted as to send one searching for the nation's most beautiful bicycle sheds. As for his choice of Lincoln as an ultimate exemplar, out of the whole wealth of European architecture, it's an intriguing one. It is not the most famous, glamorous, biggest or most perfect of gothic cathedrals, although it was possibly the tallest building in the world until its spire collapsed in the 16th century. Its appeal is something to do with its balance: French cathedrals of the same period – the 12th and 13th centuries – pursued the greatest possible height and the most logical possible structure, whereas Lincoln has more ribs in the vaults than structurally necessary and enriches its clean lines with decoration. It is also, if not the biggest, big enough to be impressive. In any case, Pevsner had company in his admiration: John Ruskin called it "the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles".
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