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Prague Castle: the black diorite vase

Plecnik, Joze (1872-1957)

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

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.

Chartres Cathedral: porch of the north transept

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

Carreras cigarette factory, Mornington Crescent, Camden, London: the main entrance after restoration

Finch Forman
NOTES: Designed in 1928 by Arthur George Porri, and embellished by Marcus and Owen Collins, the Carreras cigarette factory, was nicknamed the Black Cat factory, because of the two large bronze cats which flanked the entrance. In the 1960s these were removed and shipped to Carreras factories elsewhere and the neo-Egyptian decoration stripped off. In 1999 Finch Forman were commmissioned to carry out structural repairs and restore the Egyptian facade, with Munkenbeck & Marshall designing a new foyer and access ramp to the front entrance.

Keble College Chapel, Oxford

Butterfield, William (1814-1900)

Durham Cathedral: the nave and north aisle

NOTES: Durham Cathedral was founded in 1093. The building dates almost entirely from the 12th century and is widely regarded as the finest example of Norman architecture in Europe. Construction on the nave began in 1099 and lasted until 1128. It was vaulted in 1128-1133.

Great Mosque (Mezquita), Cordoba: the dome over the bay in front of the Mihrab

NOTES: This former mosque became a place of Christian worship in 1236 when Cordoba was captured from the Moors by King Ferdinand III of Castile and the cathedral was built inside it largely in the 1520s.

Santa Maria la Blanca, Toledo: the arcades

NOTES: This Mudejar style building was constructed under the Christian Kingdom of Castile by Islamic architects for Jewish use and originally known as the Ibn Shushan Synagogue. It became a church in the 1400s but no major alterations were made. It is a fine example of Almohad architecture given its construction in brick and the use of pillars rather than columns.