Today I learned of Justo Gallego, a Spanish man who's spend nearly the last 60 years building a cathedral by himself from materials he found in the area. youtube.com/watch?v=pRy3S…
Today I learned about Bishop's Castle, the largest one man architecture project in the world. Jim Bishop has been building, by hand, his very own castle in the mountains of Colorado. The stone castle is 16 stories high with cathedral windows, spiral staircases, iron walkways, and a fire breathing dragon. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years until Lincoln Cathedral was finished in 1311 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect who designed the iconic British red telephone box, Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Cathedral and the Tate Modern building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Guinea pigs "were originally domesticated as... a source of meat" and are important in traditional cooking of Peru --where they're called cuy. (Cuy asado is broiled Guinea pig.) A cathedral in Peru has a painting that "shows Christ and the 12 disciples dining on guinea pig" at The Last Supper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The Southwark Cathedral in Britain had a cat show up one day in 2008, and never leave. She was named β€œDoorkins Magnificat,” was visited by the Queen, and was commonly found sleeping in the hay of the nativity scene cathedral.southwark.angli…
1,418 entrance steps (one for each day the Soviet Union fought in the WWII) of the new 95m-tall β€œMain Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces” are forged from melted-down hardware seized from Nazi troops. bbc.com/news/amp/world-eu…
Part of France's Rouen Cathedral is the "Tour de Beurre" or "Butter Tower." Butter was normally forbidden during Lent but it was allowed by paying a "fat" indulgence. The money from the butter indulgences was used to build this tower of the cathedral. frenchmoments.eu/tour-de-…
A fertilizer explosion at an Oppau, Germany plant in 1921 was so powerful that it destroyed all the medieval stained-glass windows of Worms cathedral, 15 km away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
There is a Darth Vader 'Gargoyle' on the exterior of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC cathedral.org/what-to-see…
Labyrinths were found in almost all Gothic cathedrals, though most were later removed since they distracted from the religious services in the nave. They symbolized the long winding path towards salvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The astronomer Copernicus was buried in a cathedral in Poland, but the exact location of his remains were forgotten for centuries until they were re-discovered in 2005 under the cathedral floor. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Today I learned of Justo Gallego Martinez, a 90+ year old man who built a cathedral for the last 60 decades using only scrap material he could find near the building site youtu.be/pRy3S_tmJj4
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…
The world premiere of Handel's Messiah sold so many tickets that the audience was asked to leave their swords and hooped skirts at home. Jonathan Swift thought it the piece was blasphemous and threatened to publicly forbid singers from St. Patrick’s Cathedral from participating. bsomusic.org/stories/5-th…
Parts of New York City are built on the ruins of English cathedrals gizmodo.com/parts-of-new-…
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…
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…
It took 87 years to build Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, from 1163-1250. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
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…
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
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…
The size of the Nucleus inside an Atom is comparable to that of a Fly inside a Cathedral. resources.schoolscience.c…
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…
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…
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/
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 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…
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
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 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…
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…
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…
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 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/…
University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning has 31 aesthetically pleasing "Nationality" classrooms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
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…
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 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.…
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…
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…
There Is A Man In Spain, Building A Cathedral By Hand Since 1961 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
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…
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…
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…

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