An unusual analysis of the difference between temples and cathedrals, which seems obvious once it has been pointed out. 

The temples of antiquity housed the gods; cathedrals house the faithful.  The immortals are always less numerous than their believers. 

See (and hear) Patrick Leigh Fermor’s poetic account of the effect a Greek temple can have on the spirit.

Source: Zbigniew Herbert, Barbarian in the Garden, trans. Michael March & Jaroslaw Anders (New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1985), p. 82

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