Category Archives: Architecture

Medieval Georgian Sites Placed On UNESCO Endangered List

The Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, two jewels of medieval Georgian architecture, are under threat. That’s according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose World Heritage Committee is holding its annual session this week in Brazil. The committee maintains a catalog of nearly 900 natural and cultural sites of “outstanding universal…

Wales spends to save its historic fabric

Archivist note: We first reported this story here. There is now a complete list of buildings receiving grant money for restoration. Wales’s oldest theatre, its largest chapel and an Anglesey church with Tudor connections are among 24 historic buildings sharing funding of £999,124 announced today by Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones. The Welsh Assembly…

Historic Ipswich church ravaged by arson attack

An Investigation is under way after an historic church tower was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack. Fire crews were called to St Mary at the Elms church in Ipswich town centre at 8.30am on Saturday. Flames were seen billowing from the tower, which is thought to date from Tudor times and includes the…

France’s new medieval castle

Archivist Note: I have always wanted my own castle, well at least one that wasn’t made from LEGOs. I wonder if these guys are for hire… Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is half-way to completion, as a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire…

The worldview of the Gothic cathedral

Imagine it is the year 1400, and you are visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres for the first time. You have never before seen the remarkable structure that dominates the busy, dirty, commercial city and the peaceful French countryside for miles around. Strolling up the Rue du Bourg you enter a cavernous space…