Friday, January 22, 2010

Back-alley Cathedral

Backpacking through Europe with a couple of my friends was a great experience. We saw many sights in a handful of countries, tasted new cuisine, had snowball fights in city-centers, and much more. On one occasion in Prague, we walked through a medieval city and came across this rather surprising cathedral.

For the size of the walled-city, this cathedral seemed to be out of proportion. That is how planners formerly constructed towns. The most important structures were outsized both for symbolism and practicality. If you have not thought about urban planning or design lately, try looking at the details of your city. Could you tell which edifices are most important to the community by solely examining the exterior architecture?

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