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Arts & Entertainment - December 10, 2010

Capturing cathedrals

Photographer delves into the architecture and history of England's medieval landmarks

by Rebecca Wallace

Poor Peterborough Cathedral. In its early days as a monastery and then as an abbey, it was attacked by Vikings, sacked during a revolt against William the Conqueror, and then destroyed by fire in 1116.

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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm


Let us ponder for a moment why the great cathedrals of Europe were built.

Why would people take the time, energy, hard work and money to build something of such grandeur and beauty?

Why are these structures so lasting and made out of the finest marble and stone?

Their innate perfection stuns us as does the architectural wonder.

Flying buttresses, like those supporting Notre Dame in Paris, are like the legs of a Daddy Long Leg spider; long and thin, supporting the belly and body of the Cathedral itself.

Is there any wondering why they were built?

They were dedicated to a man who lived amongst us only to return to his Father.
Just like we will do one day if we understand fully the meaning of those structures.


Man-made wonders dedicated to a man who was God.
A man who walked among us, lived and died for us, not for himself.

Can any of us say we are living like He did?

Go spend some personal time in one of the most extraordinary creations on earth and think and ponder these things.

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