In 1794, the world's tallest structure, the Strasbourg Cathedral spire, was saved by a hat. Revolutionaries wanted to tear down the spire, as it stood against equality. The citizens of Strasbourg crowned it with a giant tin Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty commonly worn by revolutionaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
After the completion of Saint Basil's Cathedral (the colorful church in Moscow's Red Square), Czar Ivan the Terrible allegedly ordered the cathedral's architect blinded so he could never design anything so beautiful again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The bell ringer of the tallest cathedral in the Netherlands paid tributes to several music artists. The cathedral paid tributes to e.g. David Bowie, Chester Bennington and Avicii when they died. ibtimes.co.uk/cathedral-b…
Notre-Dame cathedral features a carving of a knight fleeing from a rabbit, symbolizing cowardice. This carving inspired the Rabbit of Caerbannog scene in Month Python and the Holy Grail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Today I learned of Cathedral High School, a small school in El Paso, that was revoked of its Notre Dame Leprechaun logo after going unnoticed by the college for over 86 years. youtu.be/gq3VSprsb1s
At the start of the 1539 siege of Vienna by the Ottomans, their leader, Suleiman I, was so sure of his victory that he boasted that he would be having breakfast in Vienna cathedral within 14 days. 14 days later, the Austrians sent him a letter, telling him his breakfast was getting cold. explorethearchive.com/aus…
The 'Space Window' at Washington National Cathedral features a moon rock returned to Earth by Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew. The cathedral hosted a memorial service for Armstrong in 2012 to mark the passing of the first moonwalker space.com/17579-neil-arms…
The Great Pyramid of Giza built around 2560 BC was the tallest man made structure in the world for over 3,000 years until the building of the Lincoln Cathedral in 1311 AD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about a 93 year old man building a cathedral on his own and has been for 40 years. youtube.com/watch?v=k9oh6…
Today I learned about the Salt Cathedral of Realmonte, a Catholic church built within the tunnels of a old salt mine in Scily. weirditaly.com/2016/02/07…
The size of the Nucleus inside an Atom is comparable to that of a Fly inside a Cathedral. resources.schoolscience.c…
It took 87 years to build Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, from 1163-1250. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
The Lincoln Cathedral in England was, upon completion in 1311, the first and only structure in the world built taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which had held the record since the 2560s BC. The Cathedral lost its record in 1548 because the top fell off from wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Saint Basil's Cathedral located in Moscow was built on orders from Ivan the Terrible in 1561 & commemorates the capture of Kazan & Astrakhan. In 1812, French troops looted the church & attempted to blow it up. In 1928, the church became a museum & property of the USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
In January 2017, Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II performed a mass infant baptism 780 children at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi during the Georgian Orthodox Church's celebration of Epiphany. He came up with the idea to stimulate the country’s low birth rate. youtu.be/aFGHerqhSC8
There is a cathedral being built by a single man. Justo Gallego has been building this cathedral for the last 53 years all on his own. onemancathedral.com/
When Old St. Mary's Cathedral opened in 1854, it was the tallest building in San Francisco and all of California. Old St. Mary's survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, only to be gutted a day later by the fires started by the earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
13 white geese permanently live in the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral in honor of Saint Eulalia, who was martyred at age 13 for her Catholic faith, and whose remains are interred in the crypt of the Cathedral. patrickcomerford.com/2016…
In 1946 copies of "The Stalingrad Madonna" were presented, and are displayed today, in the cathedrals of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Berlin, and Coventry as a symbol of reconciliation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The Bell Tower of St. James Cathedral was one of four structures to survive the burned district of the Great Chicago Fire. Although the main structure has been rebuilt, the bell tower survived with its soot coated stones around the top still visible today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning has 31 aesthetically pleasing "Nationality" classrooms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
That, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, every dimension in the building is divisible by 3 or 33 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was written by Victor Hugo as part of a campaign to preserve Gothic Architecture around Paris. Prior to the novel, the cathedral was in bad shape and at risk of eventual demolition. As a result of tourism from the book, Paris started restoration work instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Over €1 billion had been pledged for the Notre-Dame cathedral reconstruction after the fire and as of 14 June only €80 million had been collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes is known as the β€œCathedral of Art in Mexico.” It has an unusual mix of Art Nouveau and Neo Classical and soaring Art Deco on the inside. On top of the main cupola is a cluster of statues depicting a Mexican eagle and figures representing the dramatic arts havecamerawilltravel.com/…
The King's School, a day and boarding school in Canterbury, Kent, England is the oldest continuously operating school in the world. It was founded in 597 AD by Augustine of Canterbury a century after the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West as a medieval cathedral school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Amiens Cathedral was about to collapse (ca. 1500), a huge iron chain was installed inside the walls while still red hot. It pulled the stone arches back into shape as it contracted and cooled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami…
In 1941 Britain proposed gifting the United States one of the original copies of the Magna Carta in hopes it would encourage them to enter WW2. The plans were scrapped after Lincoln Cathedral, which owned the proposed copy, refused to relinquish it usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The world’s oldest living rose is believed to be 1,000 years old. It grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and its presence is documented since A.D. 815. In 1945 allied bombers destroyed the cathedral, yet the bush survived. flowerweb.com/en/article/…
Suleiman the Magnificent boasted before the start of the Siege of Vienna that he would be eating breakfast in the Viennese Cathedral within 2 weeks, the day he had bragged this would happen, the Austrians sent a letter to his camp saying "Your breakfast is getting cold." youtube.com/watch?v=fWcf9…
Arena MΓ©xico is called the "cathedral of lucha libre" and is the largest arena built specifically for wrestling in the world.The building was used as the venue for the boxing competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are…
Today I learned of St. Kinga’s chapel in Poland, the entire cathedral is carved out of rock salt and located 1000 ft underground mymodernmet.com/wieliczka…
In Peru guinea pigs are such a large part of the traditional cuisine that the Cathedral Basilica has a rendition of the last supper that depicts Jesus dining on guinea pig atlasobscura.com/places/g…
A Carolingian community in Germany called Campus Galli is building a monastery, including a stone cathedral, using only medieval materials and techniques. The plans are from roughly 820 AD and are on five stitched-together pieces of calfskin. It could very well take over a century to complete. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The longest music piece in the world is being played in a cathedral in Halberstadt, Germany. It will be finished in 2640. universes.art/en/specials…
There Is A Man In Spain, Building A Cathedral By Hand Since 1961 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or construction training, but that hasn't stopped him from toiling on this herculean task. youtube.com/watch?v=pRy3S…
In the The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., there is a sculpture of the master stone carver made to look like a demon with a mushroom cloud erupting over his head. Apparently he was known to have a short temperβ€”hence the caricature. thegreatcoursesdaily.com/…
During the Middle Ages cathedrals battled to be the tallest building in the world but many experienced fires and collapsed spires shortly after construction, except for France's Strasbourg Cathedral which kept its title as tallest for over 200 years. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
Today I learned of Justo Gallego, a man who has been building a cathedral by himself for the last 54 years. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Today I learned about William Walker a deep sea diver who dived every day except weekends for six years underneath Winchester Cathedral to stop it from collapsing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
1,000 years ago Kiev became "New Constantinople" and there is a Cathedral still standing which was built to symbolize the fact, UNESCO says whc.unesco.org/en/list/52…
It took architect Christopher Wren 35 years to complete London's St. Paul's Cathedral. After he died twelve years later in 1723, he was entombed inside, and Wren's son placed a dedication nearby, which contains the words "Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There is a cathedral in Covington, Ky that is a close replica of Notre Dame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The builders of the National Cathedral held a contest for kids to design gargoyles with the winners earning spots on the cathedral. The winning designs include Darth Vader, a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces, and a man with large teeth and an umbrella. cathedral.org/what-to-see…
The Cathedral in Winnipeg went up in flames after a worker sprucing up the church discarded a cigarette. cbc.ca/news/canada/manito…
In 1842, Josef Geefs designed the L'ange du mal, a sculpture of Lucifer for St. Paul's Cathedral. This had to be replaced when it was declared by administration that "this devil is too sublime." and was distracting the "pretty penitent girls" who should have been listening to the sermons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The Hagia Sofia in present-day Istanbul was a cathedral for almost a thousand years before the Ottomans conquered the city and converted it into a mosque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
In 1793 during the French revolution, the mob in Paris pulled 28 statues of the Kings of Judea off the front of Notre Dame cathedral, because they thought they were statues of French kings. The statues were decapitated, and the original heads were lost until 1977. joyofmuseums.com/museums/…
The Queen was so appalled by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s genocide in East Africa that she planned to β€œaccidentally” knock him over the head with a ceremonial sword if he gatecrashed a mass in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
During the riots in Ukraine, St. Michaels Cathedral rang all of their bells at once to alert the sleeping city to the violence. The last time all the church bells had been rung at the same time was in 1240, when the Mongols were attacking kyivpost.com/content/ukra…
Lincoln Cathedral in England was the tallest building in the world from 1311 until its central spire collapsed during a storm in 1548, and was the first building to hold the title of tallest building in the world after the Great Pyramid of Giza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
In 1534 Anabaptist prophet Jan Bockelson declared himself king of MΓΌnster. They sacked the cathedral, burnt the library's books, and had people hand over all their money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C…
The Romans invented a system for central heating called β€œhypocaust”, remnants of which were found underneath Notre Dame Cathedral travelfranceonline.com/ar…
Philippe Petit ONLY performed three unauthorised high-wire walks between two towers - World trade centre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Sydney Harbour bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The Eiffel Tower is only the 4th most visited landmark in Paris. The ranking is: 1) Notre Dame Cathedral 2) Basilica of the Sacred Heart 3) The Louvre museum 4) The Eiffel Tower bonjourparis.com/archives…
Michelangelo's Statue of David and in fact most of his other statues have disproportionate size of head and hands compared to the rest of the body because they were built to be placed at the top of the cathedrals, hence they were meant to be viewed from below. youtu.be/o9Kum_Jijdk
There is a Crypt Museum under the square in front of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral to display archaeological remains discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972. Visitors can travel back in time by discovering successive buildings erected on the site and walk through ancient ruins crypte.paris.fr/en/crypt
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been victim to many acts of vandalism (18th Century), the spire is not the original, and it was once used as a warehouse. wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre-…
There is a Darth Vader head grotesque (gargoyle like statue) on the Washington Cathedral. It was placed there after a children's design a carving competition was held during the 80's on what character should adorn the cathedral. cathedral.org/what-to-see…
There's a grotesque of Darth Vader on the outside of the US national cathedral in Washington D.C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
A cathedra (Latin for "chair") is the seat of a bishop. A church into which a bishop's official cathedra is installed is called a cathedral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The Great Pyramid of Giza, 146m tall, was completed in 2540 BC. It remained the world's tallest manmade stable structure for 3,871 years until the Lincoln Cathedral in England, 160m tall, was completed in 1311 AD. kevinmuldoon.com/tallest-…
The Great Pyramid is made of 6.3 million tons of material which is more material than it took to build all the churches and cathedrals in England.The Pyramid base covers 13 acres and is flat and level to within 1cm sacredsites.com/africa/eg…
The Strasbourg Cathedral in France is known for its unique spire, because of it the cathedral was the highest monument in the world for more than two centuries! It measures 142 m (466 ft) and remained the tallest building in the world until 1847. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Washington Cathedral took 83 years to build and has a gargoyle of Darth Vader cathedral.org/what-to-see…
In 1682 for the 1,100th anniversary of the archbisopric of Salzburg, Heinrich Biber composed a Mass (Missa salisburgensis) for 16 singers and 37 instrumentalists, each on different music, in seven groups around the cathedral. youtu.be/-IWpwbw6-So
Despite being 99% of the actual mass of an atom, the nucleus is very small. So small that it can be compared to a pea in the middle of a racetrack, or a fly in the middle of a cathedral academic.brooklyn.cuny.ed…
In 1311, the Lincoln Cathedral was the first building to steal the title of "tallest structure in the world" from the Great Pyramid, which held the title for almost 4,000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is modeled after Notre Dame, and is open to the public gracecathedral.org/histor…
When King William II of England was 'accidentally' shot through the lung with an arrow, his body was abandoned by the nobles, found by a peasant and returned to Winchester Cathedral by farmers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
During the late 60s the head of St. Michael fell off Nidarosdomen, a Norwegian cathedral. In protest the artist replaced his head with the head of famous songwriter Bob Dylan to support his fight against nuclear weapons. nrk.no/video/PS*215780
There are two major churches in London named Westminster: the Anglicans use Westminster Abbey, the Catholics use Westminster Cathedral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Condom Cathedral is a Catholic church and former cathedral dedicated to Saint Peter, and a national monument of France, located in Condom, Gers. It was formerly the seat of the Bishops of Condom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Disney's "The Bells of Notre Dame" song bears some similarity to the poem The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe, especially the repetition of the word "bells" during the crescendo. During the song, Clopin tells young children about the mysterious bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Frauenkirche is a Dresden cathedral that was destroyed in World War II but was rebuilt over eleven years and completed in 2005 with many of the original stones reused en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
Simon Bolivar, liberator of much of South America, was partially inspired by watching Napoleon's coronation at Notre Dame Cathedral latinamericanstudies.org/…
Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom, at 404 feet (123 m) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Since 1405 until the present day without interruption, the city of Lausanne (Switzerland) has maintained a lookout in the Cathedral bell tower. The lookout announces the time by yelling the hour from 10 pm to 2 am, 365 days a year. The lookout cries the hour to each cardinal direction patrimoine.vd.ch/traditio…
William Walker worked under water below Winchester Cathedral for six hours a day for six years to restore the building's foundation. He worked in total darkness, using his bare hands to feel his way through the cloudy, muddy water. winchester-cathedral.org.…
Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral along with at least 10 former kings that date back as early as 611 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned of Justo Gallego MartΓ­nez, a 90 year old former monk who is building an unauthorized cathedral in spain since 1961. He works mostly alone for ten hours a day, six days a week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
The most important Catholic church is not St. Peter's Basilica, but the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, which is the only Archbasilica in the world, cathedral of Rome and holds the eclesiastical seat of the Pope en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Wawel Cathedral has a "dragon" bone hanging outside it, from when King Krakus killed a dragon in the hill and settled the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waw…
In 1950, the city of Rimouski, Canada, suffered a severe fire, in which 319 houses burned to the ground. No one died in the blaze. Legend has it that a priest sprinkled holy water around the city's cathedral and that the fire would not cross the line en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rim…
Indonesian President Sukarno ordered a Christian Architect to build the largest Mosque in the country. He also ordered it to be build next to a Cathedral and a Church as a symbol of the nation religious harmony and tolerance. (Indonesia has the world largest Muslim population) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ist…
When a 16th century cathedral in Salamanca, Spain was renovated in the early 1990s, ornate stone carvings of an astronaut and a gargoyle eating ice cream were added near the entrance. culturaltravelguide.com/s…
Members of the public can play the bells in St. Ann's Cathedral in Cork, Ireland. Joe O'Neal, owner of the Kerrytown Shops complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan, visited the Cathedral and added a small set of bells to a tower in the shopping center, also for members of the public to play. umich.edu/~aamuhist/spime…
, In Europe (1550s), when women were not permitted to sing in church or cathedral choirs in the Roman Catholic Church, boys were castrated to prevent their voices breaking at puberty and to develop a special high voice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
People from MΓΌnster put Anabaptist rebel leaders in cages on their cathedral, which can still be seen today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C…
There's a Darth Vader sculpture on the National Cathedral in Washington DC atlasobscura.com/places/d…
When a British officer brought an Inuit family with him to London for the first time in 1772, they initially ignored London Bridge and St.Paul's Cathedral because they assumed they were natural features. They were "lost in amazement" after being told the structures were manmade history.ubc.ca/sites/defa…
Statues of Jews in obscene contact with a large sow are still on cathedrals all over Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
In San Antonio, TX, lynchings used to be held in front of the San Fernando Cathedral until the priest cut the trees in which the hangings took place journeyofhope.org/on-tour…
St Paul's Cathedral in London can be seen from King Henry's Mound, 16 km (10 miles) away. No building obstructing this view is allowed to be built by law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Old St Paul's Cathedral in London was 100 feet taller then the current one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1882, a cathedral in Barcelona began construction. Its completion is anticipated by 2026. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest manmade structure on Earth for 3,871 years until the Lincoln Cathedral in England was finished in 1311. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A cathedral in Belgium is considering to remove its famous statue of Satan "Le gΓ©nie du mal" because Satanists regularly come to meditate at its feet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Today I learned of 'St Paul's heights' which is a planning rule used to protect the existing veiws of St Paul's cathedral in London. One example of this is from King Henry VIII’s Mound over 10 miles (16 km) away and created in 1710, this view frames the cathedral through a special gap in holly hedging. citymetric.com/fabric/pro…

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