A magnificent work of art

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after having been to the churches in rome, i thought that i have seen them all until i set foot inside the magnificent sainte-chapelle.

those tall stained-glass windows around the church was awe-inspiring. it is amazing how it was able to survive  centuries of turmoils, wars, natural calamities and other disastrous events.  i guess there is truth in the saying, 'they don't build houses like this anymore'.

i was tempted to go through each stained glass window and read the story it was trying to tell.  but i didn't.  i just watched and admired and enjoyed its beauty.  and at the same time thankful for having experienced a thing of magnificence whichi didn't think can be repeated again.

it reminded me of our own heritage buidlings in the philippines.

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it made me sad to think that most of those buidlings had been lost in the name of 'progress'.  beautiful spanish and art deco buildings were torn down to make room for a new and monstrous looking buildings called 'malls'.

but all was not lost, albeit too late. a wave of nationalistic spirit had a resurgence of late, and in particular, in the arts, including interests in the restoration of the heritage buildings which depicts our historical evolution, architecturally.

there were a few buildings saved from destruction, thanks to the preservation and protection laws enacted by the legislative body. funds had been allocated for the restoration and the continuing maintenance of these historically significant edifices.  this also gives the idle 'alta de sociedad' housewives an excuse to host endless dinners in the name of 'cultural preservation'. i don't have a problem with them shelling out millions of not too hard-earned money for a really worthy cause.

art, like sainte-chapelle, inspires a generation to excel and strive for greater things. in this magnificent structure, it screams of beauty, perseverance, hope and success. nothing is impossible if you set your heart and mind into it.

that's it for me now. i have another diva to visit, the great Notre Dame.

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