Impressions of Britain 2

2008-07-28 00:00

To me, the cathedrals and ruined abbeys number among the most fascinating of Europe’s material achievements. Gazing at these tremendous structures, every one a feat of engineering and a work of art, I unceasingly wondered where those ancient builders got the inspired vision, technical know-how and the means to conceive, design, plan, build and run such places. They tower up, soar above, arch over, and engulf the mind. I was always but a cockroach beside a Grecian urn.

Modern universities and sports stadia are no better — bland anonymity at best. A 1 000 years hence, people will gaze in wonder at few of today’s buildings — should any survive — when the doubly ancient façades and halls of Winchester, Christ Church and the like will still inspire awe in pilgrims from all over the world. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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