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KATARXIS N░2

Religio & Civitas

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Piazza San Pietro, Rome
 
(Old Postcard View from Joel Crawford's Archives)

An Example to All Faiths

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Great Mosque of Niono, Interior View,  Mali (1973)
 
Designer and Master Mason: Lassina Minto, Niono, Mali
 
(Photo by Kamram Adle)
 
 
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
 
 

"The place of worship is, inevitably, a center of community life, and remains so despite what some people would have us believe about the increasing secularism of our society. At a time when traditional values and institutions, above all the family, are under threat from a range of different outside pressures, a place where we come together and share ideas, aspirations and feelings is incredibly important."
 
HRH The Prince of Wales
 
"An Example to All Faiths"
 
(London Mosque, 23rd of November 2001) 

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Canterbury Cathedral
 
(Photo by Mary Ann Sullivan)

"If the city is the place where God rests, the cathedral is the place, where in the same time, his creatures can rest. Originally God manifested himself in natural phenomenas and only later did men retain that the same God should be honoured in a more appropriate setting.
 
 They founded the cities so that they should become his residence and manifestation. Finally it was found necessary to build a temple, a delimited place where God could stay comfortably and men with him."
 
 
Antonella Roversi Monaco
 
"I Segreti delle Cattedrali"
 
(De Vecchi Editore, Milano)  

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 The City and the Cathedral, Viseu, Portugal
 
(Postcard picture by Lifer-Porto)

"In 'De Civitate Dei' Saint Augustine, church father and authoritative philosopher, distinguishes two cities, one terrestrian and the other one celestial.The first one is a human construction, imperfect by nature, with deviations and defects, and the second one follows the laws of perfection and is governed by love for God, our fellow-citizens and ourselves. The cathedral can be considered an earthly manifestation, almost a reflection of God's city. She is infact a monument which produces positive effects and leads the visitors to attitudes which can liberate him from the narrowness of human logics, suggesting that freedom of divine origin is within human reach."
 
 
Antonella Roversi Monaco
 
"I segreti delle Cattedrali"
 
(De Vecchi Editore, Milano) 

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San Francis liberates Arezzo of its Demons
 
(Fresco in the Superior Basilica, Assisi)

Religion and Community

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Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (1860)
 
(Historic Woodcut View)

"Look at the origin of the word: either 'relegere', to read again, or 'religare', to bind. People not bound by an aspiration to improve each member of the community according to standards of the good and beautiful cannot build a city."
 
 
Carrol William Westfall

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Monastery Taxiarhes, Serifos, Greece
 

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Reconstruction of the Temple District in Caerwent ( I. or II. Century A.D.)
 
Painting by Alan Sorrell
 
(National Museum of Wales)
 
(in "Roman Art and Architecture" by Mortimer Wheeler, Thames and Hudson, London)

Imago Mundi

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Cathedral Square in Viseu, Portugal
 
(Postcard View)

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The Cathedral of Viseu, Portugal
 
(Postcard View)
 

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Church and Square in Prague
 
(Photo by Lucien Steil)

"If the Temple constitutes an 'imago mundi', it is because the world - being a divine creation - is sacred. But the cosmological structure of the Temple brings about a new religious valorization: Holy Place by excellence, House of the Gods, the Temple re-sanctifies continuously the world, by both representing and containing it. Ultimately it is through the Temple that the world is re-sanctified in its totality. Whatever its degree of impurity might be, the world is continuously purified by the saintity of sanctuaries."
 
 
Mircea Eliade
 
"The Sacred and the Profane"   

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Eglise Notre-Dame in Versailles
 
(Photo from Joel Crawford's Archives)

"The World can be perceived as the World, as Cosmos, inasfar as it reveals itself as a sacred world."
 
 
Mircea Eliade
 
"The Sacred and the Profane"

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Plaša de Santa Maria, Spain
 
by Josep Puig i Cadalfach
 
(Photo by Mary Ann Sullivan)