Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

St Peter's

St Peter's is an ugly building too. It has no poetry about it, no charm. What it's saying is, "This is the Pope's house and the Pope has loads of money." I'm coming to the slightly surprising conclusion that I don't much like marble- certainly not as a building material; it's too shiny; it has the arrogance to defy time. I prefer stone that weathers and crumbles and provides safe footing for lichen. Caen stone, that's the stuff!

I don't envy the Romans their buildings- well, maybe the Pantheon and some of those tombs along the Appian Way- but they can keep St Peter's and most of what's in it. I'd far rather have an English or French medieval cathedral- even a very small one- like Rochester.
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