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Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter. Image
The Neue Elbbrücke Bridge in Hamburg - destroyed not by artillery but by urban planning zealots.

The original design was completed in 1887 and featured two wonderful Gothic gateways, torn down in 1959 to add an additional lane. Image
The quote above is the words of the late Sir Roger Scruton, whose writings on beauty I cannot recommend more highly to anyone who follows this page. Image

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Apr 27
St. Patrick's Cathedral, a Gothic sanctuary in the heart of New York City and the largest Catholic cathedral in the US - it is a symbol of the triumph of religious freedom in America. Image
Designed by James Renwick Jr. and clad in white marble to create a striking contrast with the city. It was completed in 1878 and occupies an entire city block. At the time it was the largest church in the US. Image
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“Architecture is frozen music.” Image
The words of 18th century writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - few buildings give meaning to this phrase better than the Notre-Dame de Reims. Image
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Apr 19
There is no rope in this image. This is carved from a single block of marble.

Is there a person alive today who could do this? Image
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So intricate was the work that 18th-century philosopher Giangiuseppe Origlia described it as “the last and most trying test to which sculpture in marble can aspire.” Image
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Apr 18
This is what divine inspiration looks like. Image
Florence Cathedral is a Renaissance wonder of art and engineering, completed in 1436.

It has the largest brick dome ever built and a stunning Tuscan facade of colored marble. Image
Even the floor is a work of art. It was relaid in marble tiles in the 16th century and features intricate geometric mosaics. Image
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Apr 17
Beauty draws us closer to God. Image
The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Barcelona. Designed by Enric Sagnier, one of the most prolific architects in Spain, and completed in 1961 after almost 60 years. Image
It was built on the summit Mount Tibidabo to prevent a Protestant church and hotel-casino being erected on the highest point of the city. Image
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Mar 10
America could have looked like this. We were so close...
Colorized images from the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, an exposition which celebrated marvels of technology, agriculture, art, and history.
The 1,200-acre "fairground" consisted of nearly 1,500 buildings built for the event. It was open for 8 months and nearly 20 million people visited.
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