Cathedrals: Implied Glory And Importance To Christianity

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There is nothing, in any shape or form, implied about the glory of Cathedrals. These stone behemoths are simply glorious in size, design and aesthetic appeal all built into their design plan and plays an important role in the growth of faith in Christianity. But what is a Cathedral? In their very nature, they are holy places of worship for Christians. Unlike churches which are basic places of worship that are apt for most of the critical requirements of Christianity, Cathedrals are massive places of worship which act as the headquarters for the local diocese, or districts, of the certain sect of Christianity around it and are also where the Bishops resides. They serve as one of the holiest places of worship for Christians, but why? They’re massive, they’re the headquarters of the district and the Bishop lives their, which does sound extremely important; but, unlike any other religions these holiest places of worship don’t necessarily need to have historical significance, a link to the Holy Scripture or any notable presence of God or a Prophet of God in the past or present. So what makes these Cathedrals so holy? The answer is simple: moderately easy accessibility for all Christians to a place near by that appears to have fallen from the heavens equipped with decorative art, an omniscient aura and above all, staggering size in which they can worship and bask in the glory of their religion.
The Largest Cathedral today is one erected in the 1500’s, well before the time of any American President we’ve ever had. A Roman Catholic Cathedral, Seville, also known as The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, resides in Spain. The most noticeable aspect of this building other than its size is that the majority of the elements inside and outside of the cathedral, weather it is the spires or the groin vaults, are intensely pointing skyward for no apparent reason. This immediately gives Seville a heavenly appeal considering that most buildings at the time had very few aspects about them pointing skyward and if they had some they were for architectural purposes and not exaggerated. This would give anyone at that time the impression that their religion is the only true religion and that they should have faith because the will of their God is what built it; it would also give any none practicing individuals a jaw dropping sense of aw since no religion before had created buildings like this on a mass scale as the cathedrals were being built in the gothic era. This promoted more faith and belief in Christianity through the glorification of a place of worship and contributed greatly to the growth of the religion. All citizens of that day and age would have most certainly over looked the fact that while this building glorifies their religion in a way that no idea had been glorified before, their generous leaders name would be the most common name associated with this most holy of buildings followed by the name of the Holy Virgin Mary, not the other way around....

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