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MM 4-30 The North Side of the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but has been modified and restored many times over the centuries and in many different architectural styles. In 1736 an Italian architect named Nicolau Nasoni added a … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Four: Le Dome des Invalides

I first became interested in buildings with domes when we toured Italy in 2009 and saw such magnificent churches as the Duomo of Florence and St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. We also got to visit the first great domed … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Monochrome Madness and the Altar over Napoleon’s Tomb

In 1670 King Louis XIV commissioned Libéral Bruant to design and build a military hospital and retirement home to be known as Les Invalides. The north side of the buildings which are located in the 7th arrondissement can be seen … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Three: Institut de France

No one can visit Paris without gazing at the Institut de France at least once. This majestic building sits proudly on the left bank of the Seine directly across from the south wing of the Louvre’s Cour Carée. In fact, … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Two: The Church of Val de Grace

Christopher Wren, the preeminent British architect of the 17th century, visited Paris in 1665 and on his return to London in 1666 and after the great Fire of London he had a hand in the rebuilding of 53 churches including … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part One: The Chapel of the Sorbonne

The architectural style known as baroque began in Rome in the 16th century and gradually spread throughout Europe with the help of the Jesuits who built their churches during the campaign known as the Counter-Reformation. But the Jesuits were not … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: A Tale of Two Temples

The architectural style known as Baroque had its zenith in the 17th century and then gradually developed into the style we know today as Neoclassical, the style so often seen in our city halls and county courthouses. Two of the buildings … Continue reading

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