How many masons chipped away for how many centuries to create ‘saint-encrusted towers’, which would have to withstand the vibrating rivalries of the bells above them.

‘As each quarter struck, the saint-encrusted towers challenged each other through the snow and the rivalry of those heavy bells left the air shaking.’


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 52-53

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