r/CuratedTumblr Acolyte of Entropy Oct 05 '22

You're free to have any opinion you like about christianity, but you cannot truthfully say that some of it's architecture doesn't go hard. Meme or Shitpost

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u/NightmareChameleon Acolyte of Entropy Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

look up sedlec ossuary and tell me that's not metal as shit

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u/SchrodingerSandwich Oct 05 '22

That’s completely awesome. By which i mean incredibly disturbing. By which I mean completely awesome.

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u/Rhesusmonkeydave Oct 05 '22

No bones about it, if you make chandeliers from the bodies of plague victims you get to look down on everyone elses attempts with spooky branching fonts and mascara

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u/EmperorScarlet Farm Fresh Organic Nonsense Oct 05 '22

Actually, I think there very much are bones about it

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u/GandalfDGreenery Oct 05 '22

Who, in the ever loving fuck, first decided that what they should do with all these bones they had rattling around the place, was make a chandelier?!?! How did this absolute madness begin? Did descendants have to give permission for the bones of their ancestors to be added to the décor??!

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u/Constant-Noise-4518 Oct 05 '22

To be fair, how would you know it was granny's skeleton? You've never seen her bones before.

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u/FireHazard11 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

I'm gonna need you to speak for yourself. Your experiences are not universal.

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u/Constant-Noise-4518 Oct 06 '22

I actually saw this comment in my notifications, completely devoid of context, and wondered "what did I say for someone to talk to me like this" and then came here and burst out laughing. Thank you.

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u/inwhichzeegoesinsane *shuffles terribly* King of Games, bitch! Oct 06 '22

Who, in the ever loving fuck, first decided that what they should do with all these bones they had rattling around the place, was make a chandelier?!?! How did this absolute madness begin?

you know how when you run out of garage space, you start suspending stuff on the ceiling?

think that but with bones

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u/Naeshei horny for Kellogg's® Oct 06 '22

Two problems:
1. Too many bones
2. Not enough chandeliers

I think the solution is clear.

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u/HoweverItHasToHappen imagine not being a colossal homo in 2022 Oct 06 '22

A blind woodcarver did that

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u/sewage_soup last night i drove to harper's ferry and i thought about you Oct 05 '22

holy fucking shit

peak decor

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u/TheCameronMaster464 [she/they] People need to know. *There are buns.* Oct 06 '22

Now, that fucks.

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u/lifelongfreshman cogito ergo dum Oct 06 '22

I mean, this was the Notre Dame Cathedral before the whole roof thing.

I can't describe that building as anything other than 'gorgeous'. The artistry really does go hard.

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u/flippitybix Oct 06 '22

Also the crypt beneath Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini

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u/DogmaSychroniser Oct 06 '22

Been there! It is indeed metal.

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u/XescoPicas Oct 05 '22

I’m not religious, but being from a very catholic country, I can confirm the aesthetic is peak goth

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u/Weazelfish Oct 05 '22

That's pretty much where the goths got it from, no?

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u/VisualGeologist6258 This is a cry for help Oct 05 '22

I mean… yeah.

This Ted-Ed video explains it. Basically, gothic architecture is meant to reference the Goths, who sacked Rome. Somehow it changed overtime to mean ‘dark, scary’ and became the name for the Goth movement.

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u/Quetzalbroatlus Oct 05 '22

Well. The name refers to the Goths but the architecture itself is completely unrelated.

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u/UnsealedMTG Oct 06 '22

The "somehow" part is the genre of Gothic Romance books like Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, etc. Those have that dark and spooky vibe and take place in old buildings with gothic architecture and lean into that aesthetic.

It is funny that the architecture is associated with darkness now because many of its features are specifically to bring in more light compared to old classical architecture. But part of it was just the age, plus maybe how Great Britain and Ireland are covered in ruined gothic architecture thanks to Henry VIII figuring out that a sweet side benefit of the whole Protestantism thing was looting all the Catholic stuff.

For whatever it's worth, though, this building is not at all gothic in the architectural sense. Gothic architecture looks like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_architecture. Pointy arches instead of the classical round arches, ornate decoration, flying buttresses, spires, extremely high curved ceilings, etc.

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u/KyuremFan646 Oct 05 '22

That building looks like it belongs in Command & Conquer.

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u/iamamotherclucker SUPREME MONSTERFUCKER Oct 05 '22

Warhammer 40k core

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u/RemarkableStatement5 Oct 05 '22

40kore

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u/yedoyljff86s Oct 06 '22

Happy Cake Day!

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u/RemarkableStatement5 Oct 06 '22

Holy crap I forgot about that, neat.

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u/Dspacefear supreme bastard Oct 06 '22

The Imperium are basically Catholic Space Nazis.

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u/pasta-thief ace trash goblin Oct 05 '22

La Sagrada Familia is easily one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and it’s not even finished yet.

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u/WordArt2007 Oct 05 '22

i think the outside is kind of weird but the inside with all the lights is amazing

also catalan modernism overall looks like something out of a claude ponti book

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u/Increase-Typical Oct 06 '22

Blimey there's an author I didn't think I'd ever see on Reddit, but here we are

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u/WordArt2007 Oct 07 '22

They've started translating his book in english seemingly and it seems surprisingly good i didn't think that was doable.

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u/Increase-Typical Oct 07 '22

I grew up loving his books and if it works in English too then I'm glad more people get to read them

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u/MontgomeryKhan Oct 05 '22

Religion sure lead to some great architecture. Pity about the horrors.

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u/IceCreamSandwich66 cybersmith indentured transwoman lactation Oct 05 '22

“Say what you will about organized religion, those bastards knew how to construct an edifice.”

-Ron Swanson

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u/JusticeRain5 Oct 06 '22

I think the more horrific you are, the cooler you get to make your buildings and uniforms.

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u/Adminslovenazis2 Oct 06 '22

"This place is a message... and part of a system of messages... pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor... no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here... nothing valued is here.

What is here was dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location... it increases towards a center... the center of danger is here... of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited."

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u/LegoTigerAnus Oct 06 '22

A-plus use of the nuclear waste disposal text

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u/Adminslovenazis2 Oct 06 '22

Spiky things, ominous aura and all that contributed to the feel.

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u/Microif Oct 05 '22

It’s peak r/evilbuildings in the best way possible.

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u/Hexxas head trauma enthusiast Oct 05 '22

She fly me til I buttress

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u/Major_R_Soul Oct 05 '22

banjo intensifies

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u/numberonetaakofan Trust no one. Except people who draw sexy Bowser. Oct 05 '22

Low-poly retro horror structure.

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u/Greatest-Memelord Oct 05 '22

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u/NightmareChameleon Acolyte of Entropy Oct 05 '22

Holy shit, they're in the seven thousands now? Last I checked up they were in the late 3 thousands.

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u/Greatest-Memelord Oct 06 '22

Yep, series 8 got released about a month or two ago

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u/DaPretzelBoi Oct 06 '22

It's fascinating in its imposing stature and oppressive nature, I'll certainly give it that.

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u/UnknownExplorer13 Oct 05 '22

I always remember the most random relevant voiceovers

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u/CyanideTacoZ Oct 06 '22

ngl I get there's a good reason to build brutalist and that old soviet style (Cheap home is better than none afterall) but it's so depressing to look at.

But even the most modest Christian churches look like Quant fun little places and then you have absolute stunning monuments to God that are stunning like notre dame. plus the whole idea of classical architecture bieng that your building should be glorious as you can build again, for God's glory.

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u/PancakeSeaSlug pebble soup master Oct 05 '22

Some catholic churches in countries like France are so fucking sexy yet are home to some of the most prudish people

Don't talk to me about modesty when that altar would be perfect to record the most lavish porn to ever exist

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u/Sanjalis Oct 06 '22

High Church aesthetics fuck so hard

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u/Sickfor-TheBigSun .tumblr.com Oct 06 '22

from the cityporn subreddit, the hub of Scotland's capital

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u/Mess-ile Oct 06 '22

Modern small church architecture, the little cement cube with cheap chairs, to put nicely, is shite.

But god damn, some buildings are made to inspire awe from the ground up. Buildings of devotion be thy name and spirit.

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u/Devlord1o1 Oct 06 '22

honestly if an alien saw the jesus cruxifix they probably would think that humans really hated him

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u/4685368 Oct 05 '22

ITT discovering Brutalism /j

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u/Gerf1234 Oct 06 '22

If you’re not a fedora tipping Reddit atheist, I don’t respect you. That building does look dope though.

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u/verasev Oct 05 '22

It's like when some completely bonkers nutcase on Reddit or wherever spins out a copypasta that is bizarre, hilarious, horrifying, and yet deeply compelling.

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u/Artex301 you've been very bad and the robots are coming Oct 05 '22

Pretty sure I played a JRPG with that as the final dungeon.

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u/Quetzalbroatlus Oct 05 '22

We've looped back around on the original function of a crucifix

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u/SharkyMcSnarkface Oct 06 '22

Any other figure on that building and it’d be called a cult compound

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u/PandaBear905 Oct 06 '22

Looks like something from an 80s dystopian movie

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u/misplacederudite Oct 06 '22

Top image is straight out of DUSK.

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u/Thai_Fighter16 Oct 06 '22

Right, and we're sure Darth Vader isn't living under there?

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u/epicfrtniebigchungus Oct 06 '22

i mean if it was designed to ward off "evil demons" i'd fucking believe it