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to be moved to tears by architecture?

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ChaosTrulyReigns Sat 04-Jun-11 22:51:03

A few years ago I walked into a room that was so utterly beautiful I wept.


I can't be the only one to have experienced this can I?

I felt a bit similar watching the high camera angle shots from Westminter Abbey during the wedding, but put that down to being a sentimental old fool. grin



Nixea Sat 04-Jun-11 22:53:06

<is nosey> Which room was it Chaos?

petitepeach Sat 04-Jun-11 22:56:54

I kind of get where you are coming from.......grin
For me I just feel sort of emotional and happy if I am in a beautiful/historic place, especially cathedrals for some reason, I think I am in awe of all the historic aspects such as thinking about the people who have built it/ used it for hundreds of years etc.....
I think just to be in a place of beauty and probably a welcome change of scene..
God I need to go to bed I keep having to re-type everything!

Yekke Sat 04-Jun-11 22:58:25

Goodness me, no. I went into Parliament a few years ago, looked up and for several moments forgot why I was supposed to be there and what my rather important hosts were saying! Breathtaking.

I remember a good piece of advice given to me although I forget who said it, about spending time in the City of London. Look up. Simple as that. So much architecture and history is right there, just above your head, though how many of us look up as we're rushing from office to tubestation?

ZXEightyMum Sat 04-Jun-11 23:02:29

I walked into the foyer of Tesco and wept earlier.

There was a choir singing for this charity.

But I do get moved to tears in the presence of greatness, yes.

MoreBeta Sat 04-Jun-11 23:08:46

Me and DW walked into the waiting room at Leamington Spa station a week ago and we both just stopped and said ..... Wow!

It had been restored to it original art deco design. It was a joy to see such a beautiful, clean functional space so obviously and lovingly designed.

It was an unepected joy and really made our day.

Popbiscuit Sat 04-Jun-11 23:19:58

YANBU. Historical churches and cathedrals make me very emotional...not for religious reasons but rather for the great care taken in their design. I don't believe in ghosts but some buildings seem to ache with the lives that went before.
It might just be me, though. Old, smelly books (especially if they have an original bookplate) also make me a bit weepy.

LadyThumb Sat 04-Jun-11 23:22:42

I was blown away by Liverpool Anglican Cathedral - wonderful! Made me quite humble to think of them building it.

redflagsahoy Sat 04-Jun-11 23:24:48

If its your passion then its understandable. What room was it?

BeerTricksPotter Sat 04-Jun-11 23:40:00

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K999 Sat 04-Jun-11 23:42:51

Statue of David

ZXEightyMum Sat 04-Jun-11 23:44:13


LadyBeagleEyes Sat 04-Jun-11 23:50:16

The Sacrada Familia in Barcelona. And this was in spite of all the tourists milling around.
It was stunning.

AgentZigzag Sat 04-Jun-11 23:50:38

Not out of happiness, but I went into a small village church quite a while back, and had such a chilling feeling that tears came to my eyes.

It was a beautiful church, and I'm not given to being 'woohooo' and have been in countless churches, so the utterly sinister feeling was totally unexpected and at odds with the setting.

I had to leave it was so strong.

It's giving me the creeps thinking about it.

Gooseberrybushes Sat 04-Jun-11 23:54:22

oh how interesting. Amzing that you actually wept. I could inhale the "new" Severn Bridge and the Queen Elizabeth (?) at Dartford.

BagofHolly Sat 04-Jun-11 23:55:46

Oh oh oh! I TOTALLY get it! Are you a member of any architectural societies? I nearly do a little wee when the Ancient Monuments Society magazine comes through the door! (It's not called a magazine, they call it The Transactions" - how grand!)
And SPAB! I swoon!
My ambition is to have an article published in The Transactions and live in a lusted building, ideally with a moat. grin

BagofHolly Sat 04-Jun-11 23:56:39

Where was it, Zigzag?

atswimtwolengths Sat 04-Jun-11 23:57:33

;) @ wanting to live in a lusted building.

ZXEightyMum Sun 05-Jun-11 00:00:01

Gooseberry please inhale the QE II Bridge à la Godzilla. It is a fecking nightmare.

BagofHolly Sun 05-Jun-11 00:00:49

What a superb autospell! grin

BagofHolly Sun 05-Jun-11 00:01:28

ZXEightyMum Sun 05-Jun-11 00:02:41

"Lusted Building"

Superb, yes.

Gooseberrybushes Sun 05-Jun-11 00:03:07

Like your grave confused at how you did that.. Eighty I nearly cried when I saw it the first time. I love and am definitely no modernist. It's like maths made real.

penguin73 Sun 05-Jun-11 00:03:47

I had this at a tomb in a church in France and was moved so much I would drive back there over and over again for the 3 months I was there. I went back last year - 16 years later - to see if it still had the same effect and it did - DH thought I had lost it!

Gooseberrybushes Sun 05-Jun-11 00:03:56

obv don't love the cars on it they can all fall off for all i care esp the ones in front of me

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