Posted by Richard Haut on February 28, 2003 at 23:10:11:
In Reply to: Re: What does church architecture actually do in culture? Part 3 posted by Eileen on February 28, 2003 at 21:22:29:
although the tall church spire is frequent across parts of northern Europe, it is different in other areas.
here in the south churches do not tend to be particularly tall - they are normally within the centre of a town, village or community, but that is frequently because the parvis is also a public or main square.
in Rumania some of the ancient churches that I have seen have not had seating and have a circular area where the congregation gather.
in addition some of the dominant sites occupied by churches have a specific reason - for example Juvarra's Superga in Turin is in a dominant position on a hill because the King had it built to give thanks for defeating a seige.
as for the Temples of Mamon competing with churches, there is a precedent - Stalin did the same thing, as with his tower in the centre of Warsaw.
whether or not church building will remain minimal, as you say, is possible, but there are certainly signs from England that there is a return to people looking more to the churches for guidance.
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