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A Majestic Cathedral Made Of Living, Breathing Trees
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A Majestic Cathedral Made Of Living, Breathing Trees

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A building doesn’t have to be a dry and dead thing. Italian artist Giuliano Mauri’s epic Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is the perfect example of architecture that, instead of competing with or complementing nature, is quite literally a part of it. The late artist’s two groves of trees are destined to grow into a pair of magnificent basilicas.

The framework columns seen in these photos will eventually rot away and decay, to be replaced by the hornbeam trees planted in the center of each frame. As these grow, their canopies will mesh together to form the vaulted ceiling of a Gothic cathedral.

Mauri, who passed in 2009, laid the groundwork for his first visionary cathedral in Valsugana, Italy in 2002. The framework of the cathedral at the foot of Mount Arera in the northern Italian region of Lombardy was completed in 2010.

More info: giulianomauri.com (h/t: mymodernmet, BBC)

Image credits:  Virtual Sacred Space

Image credits: Michele Salmaso

Image credits: Aldo Fedele (left) | Arte Sella (right)

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Image credits: Ettore Galata Rizzardini

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Image credits: Giacomo Bianchi

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Image credits: Pierangelo Zavatarelli

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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what a beautiful place if I ever get married I want it to be there

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what a beautiful place if I ever get married I want it to be there

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