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Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris: the eagle sculpture on the grand balustrade of the great gallery

RIBA2415-2
Lassus, Jean-Baptiste (1807-1857)
NOTES: Construction on the cathedral began in 1163 and was completed c.1345. Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Eugene Viollet-le-Duc were responsible for the restoration of Notre Dame in 1841-1863.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: the lantern tower seen from along a flying buttress

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Frederick Gibberd & Partners
NOTES: This building comprises three independent types of structure: an in-situ reinforced concrete frame which holds together the main body of the cathedral; the sixteen load-bearing brick or concrete perimeter buildings, and the flat slab of the outdoor podium supported by concrete columns of load-bearing brick walls.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: pyramid of one of the heavy concrete roofs over Lutyens's cantilvered staircase to the crypt in the foreground with the cathedral behind

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Frederick Gibberd & Partners
NOTES: In 1930 Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design the second Roman Catholic cathedral to contrast with the Gothic Revival Anglican cathedral of Giles Gilbert Scott being erected on the other end of Hope Street from 1904. Construction on Lutyens's massive structure began in 1933 but was suspended in 1941 due to wartime restrictions. Work recommenced on the crypt in 1956 and it was completed in 1958. Thereafter Lutyens's design was considered onerously expensive and was abandoned with only the crypt complete.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: close-up of the structure from the podium

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Frederick Gibberd & Partners
NOTES: This building comprises three independent types of structure: an in-situ reinforced concrete frame which holds together the main body of the cathedral; the sixteen load-bearing brick or concrete perimeter buildings, and the flat slab of the outdoor podium supported by concrete columns of load-bearing brick walls.

Cathedral Church of St Michael, Coventry: the sculpture of 'St Michael subduing the Devil' dominating the entrance porch

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Epstein, Sir Jacob (1880-1959)
NOTES: The bronze sculpture of 'St Michael subduing the Devil' was executed by Jacob Epstein in 1958.

Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris: the winged ghoul on the great balustrade

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Lassus, Jean-Baptiste (1807-1857)
NOTES: Construction on the cathedral began in 1163 and was completed c.1345. Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Eugene Viollet-le-Duc were responsible for the restoration of Notre Dame in 1841-1863.

Metropolitan Cathedral under construction, Eixo Monumental, Brasilia

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Niemeyer, Oscar (1907-2012)
NOTES: The city of Brasilia was planned and developed in 1956 with Lucio Costa as chief urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as principal architect. It formally became the capital of Brazil in 1960 and is the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government. Construction on the cathedral began in 1959 and the concrete-framed hyperboloid structure was completed in 1960. The cathedral was consecrated in 1970.

Chartres Cathedral: porch of the north transept

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NOTES: Dedicated in 1260, this cathedral is an exemplar of the French High Gothic style.
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