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I took the picture through a wire screen because I had no choice not because I was being clever or in anyway creative but I do like the effect and since this weeks Photo Challenge is called Grid it fits and I thought I might share it.  The challenge for you is to guess where it is … the clue is in the title.

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PS:  Unlike my local gothic cathedral this one is black with centuries of filth rather than being built of raven basalt.  So the clean up that is currently and visibly in progress is revealing the honeyed blonde of her youth and doubtless she feels all the zestier for it though whether a place of worship is allowed to have more fun, I rather doubt.

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  1. You are so right, the grid does make the picture completely different.
    Really very cool Fiona 🙂

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    September 21, 2015
    • It was a really cool place too … not the Cathedral (I personally get quite freaked out by Religious architecture and imagary) but the City was totally unexpected 🙂 Thanks for the complement btw

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      September 21, 2015
  2. Wow amazing

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    September 21, 2015
  3. The wire screen adds such a cool effect!

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    September 21, 2015
  4. Cologne!

    (I did my research 😀 )

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    September 21, 2015
    • And proved that you read the text 😉 it’s a stunning cathedral even for someone who gets a bit freaked by religious architecture!

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      September 21, 2015
      • You should hear my father talking about that cathedral, haha 😀

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        September 21, 2015
      • Sounds intriguing and entertaining!

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        September 21, 2015
      • I guess you two could have a wonderful conversation about religious architecture! If you ever come to Belgium again, I invite you to my house 😉

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        September 21, 2015
      • I’ll take you up on that for sure!

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        September 21, 2015
  5. I also thought Köln but I didn’t expect it to be so dirty. I thought they had rebuilt it after the war so was expecting to see a bit more pristine. We are going to be in Köln next weekend so I will go see for myself…(Suzanne)

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    September 21, 2015
    • It took 14 bombs in the war but though very damaged it remained largely intact. The repairs are in some sense ongoing and the dirt is generally original!

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      September 22, 2015
  6. Such an iconic bottle (4711 cologne)
    religious architecture_ dramatic, awe inspiring, evocative, overwhelming
    eversoslightly creepy- I had an odd and lasting reaction to Liverpool Cathedral- the overweening effect it had on me, close up, made me give up the place I was offered at Liverpool Art School many moons ago

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    September 21, 2015
    • I remember there was always a bottle on my parent’s dressing table …. iconic indeed. As for religious architecture, I get the wrong sort of shivers very easily. My daughter is at Liverpool reading Fine Arts and had a view over the CofE Cathedral from her rooms last year. If you want to dull the effect just remember Paddy’s Wigwam (the Catholic Cathedral) 🙂

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      September 22, 2015
      • I don’t know what it is about the CofE Cathedral- my daughter did her B.A in English & Education at Liverpool Hope and had graduation service in that damn cathedral!
        I coped, she’s my daughter and my pride was stronger than the revulsion I have for the place. Inexplicable.
        I can only think it’s partly due to certain buildings’ position within the landscape. Something surfacing frm the collective unconscious? but that couldn’t apply to the more recent structure could it?

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        September 22, 2015
      • I have a simpler less aesthetic explanation. I think it is to do with being sensitive to the number of souls lost building the damn things. And some (Liverpool is a fine example) are built of austere materials which exagerate their presence in the wrong way. I’m sorry you had to sit in it …. I think I have that ‘pleasure’ to come in two years and daughter who is here with me to celebrate my birthday today says they have to process through Liverpool TO the Cathedral in their robes … barking bonkers given the amount of rain in the city!!

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        September 22, 2015
      • Yep
        They will have to walk around in the grey northern drizzle!
        Crazy
        And you are prob right about the lost souls . A perfect example of the “stone tape” theory, except that I am also affected when standing a mile away

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        September 22, 2015
      • Oh – I can be affected just by pictures which begs many questions for clever psychologists 🙂

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        September 22, 2015
  7. The older cathedral- tried to link a photo but I can’t even look at it
    PS Chartres has exactly same effect on me

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    September 21, 2015
    • Now oddly Chartres is one I can cope with but Clermont Ferrand looks positively demonic to me ….

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      September 22, 2015
      • Not see that one yet
        It’s the way Chartres looms over the flat landscape that freaks me out

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        September 22, 2015
      • I can understand that … don’t look at Clermont it will do you in for good!

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        September 22, 2015
  8. I love how sometimes what seems like a problem (the wire fence) ends up creating something even more interesting!

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    September 22, 2015
    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Paula! So true what you say!

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      September 22, 2015
  9. beautiful cathedral….and love the picture with the wire, gives it another layer of interest….

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    September 22, 2015
    • It’s quite a stunner …. the city was terribly bombed in the war but the cathedral remained largely intact (though it took 14 direct hits) – the wire seems to enhance the complex stonework somehow … happy accident!

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      September 22, 2015
  10. I love the wire screen effect. The cathedral is magnificent.

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    September 22, 2015
    • Sabiscuit it is an amazing Cathedral – I shot first and thought later that the wire enhance it! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment 🙂

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      September 22, 2015
  11. yeah…very cool effect, sometimes necessity makes things better

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    September 22, 2015
    • Hey Badfish … thank you very much for taking time to comment – they say necessity is the mother of invention, don’t they? 🙂

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      September 22, 2015
  12. Cool capture. Sometimes the best shots happen when you least expect them!

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    September 22, 2015
    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Tina …. I’m pretty much an accidental photographer but sometimes it works 🙂

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      September 22, 2015
  13. I had only one visit to Cologne…back in the seventies…and enjoyed not only the sights but also the shopping.
    Nice to be reminded of it.

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    September 22, 2015
  14. das ist Köln, I presume… 🙂 Cologne reminds me of “eau de Cologne”(toilette!)… otherwise: splendid post, as usually, ma belle dame! ❤ 🙂

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    September 23, 2015
    • Exactly right Ms M! 4711 is the original Eau de Cologne – and this is Köln Cathedral a splendid Catholic monolith! x

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      September 23, 2015

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