Monday, March 12, 2012

RR 8: St. Paul's Cathedral, a Vision of the Church

The exterior of St. Paul's Cathedral mimics a modern style. 
There were a vast amount of plans submitted for the manufacture of the cathedral.
The interior domes consist of a vault and a Corinthian style column.

After the Great Fire of London destroyed the original St. Paul's Cathedral a very ambitious architect, Christopher Wren sought out to rebuild it.  There were numerous submissions for the plan of the cathedral, but the church decided to stray away from original ideas and instead they chose a medieval-style for the interior.  The building's plan is in the shape of a cross with a vast dome placed on top of it.  The plan and overall essence of the interior space inside the cathedral takes you to a different place, a heavenly place.  The dome of the cathedral is extremely large, but the church insisted that the medieval influence of low side aisles and a tall nave be incorporated.  The low side aisles made it almost impossible to hold the dome so a hidden second story was created to cover the buttresses that the held up the vaults.  The supporting columns are leaned inward to give off the facade that the height of the inside is taller than it is in reality.  The facade of the interior columns is a factor that would be considered appealing to the church, because it gives off a heavenly essence.  Although the exterior of St. Paul's Cathedral is modern, the inside is phenomenal, like a surprise in a box.  In contrast, the cathedral's exterior is not so different from the buildings we see today in our capital and even on UNCG's campus.  The dome like structure and strong vertical qualities that come from the columns shows that the modern style of it's exterior can be identified as a secular building, the difference is on the interior of the buildings. 

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