cathedral ceilings

5 07 2007

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We visited the Burgos Cathedral yesterday and although everything about it was so intricately detailed, the ceilings are what drew me in the most. Gold altars that almost reach the ceiling, carved workwork and metal, paintings… and almost all of it was in very good shape. Built from the 1220s into the 1500s, it is younger than Notre Dame but still made it look far less impressive. I am so amazed by the art and architecture that comes out of inspiration by religion. Really, if people weren’t motivated to build these things for something they believed in, something so much greater than themselves, whether it is power or religion, would humans have ever done this? My opinion is that they wouldn’t have. I think they need to be motivated by something more and something beyond themselves.

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