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Extraordinary Architectural Experiences: Comparative Study of Three Paradigmatic Cases of Sacred Spaces

Extraordinary Architectural Experiences: Comparative Study of Three Paradigmatic Cases of Sacred Spaces — the Pantheon, the Chartres Cathedral and the Chapel of Ronchamp

The following paper was recently published in the Ambiance in Action conference proceedings. 110 more words

Sacred Space + Cultural Studies

Suffering and Labyrinth Prayer (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Integrating the pain of life into the fabric of our existence is one of the important challenges we face collectively and individually. Each of the five times the Chartres Cathedral in France was destroyed, it was rebuilt using the rubble of the previous church as its foundation. 441 more words

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PRAYER: The Virgin Of Chartres, by Henry Adams

Gracious Lady:–

Simple as when I asked your aid before;
Humble as when I prayed for grace in vain
Seven hundred years ago; weak, weary, sore… 1,277 more words

Prayer

IV Advent, Monday

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Monday, December 22

Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

Something about today’s passage in Isaiah has sparked the imagination of hundreds of years of artisans.  503 more words

Advent Reflections

Don't say a word

Things were better before there were facts. — (Anon. Buzzfeed Journalist).

Concerning his critical appraisal of the “spring clean” of Chartres Cathedral: Martin Filler is likely a typical American blowhard (and the French grandees are right to scoff at his claims), but I appreciate his… 168 more words

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Iconography 101: Legendary Attributes of the Apostles

When I began to delve into iconography about 25 years ago, I was mildly surprised to learn that many familiar images of the apostles originate in legends and “tall tales,” not in scripture. 2,031 more words

US architect sparks row over Chartres cathedral restoration

Chartres Cathedral in France is an awe-inspiring sight, renowned in particular for its medieval stained glass windows and stone carvings. But US architect Martin Filler has caused an extraordinary row after viewing progress on its restoration, by accusing the project’s architect, Patrice Calvel, of a cultural desecration akin to “adding arms to the Venus de Milo”. Continue reading…

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