Le Mans 2014

This weekend is one of my favorites of the year. Right now in the small French town of Le Mans, the 24 hours of Le Mans is rolling along in the rain.
As always I’m watching the full 24 hours.

And I prepared well;

Yesterday Marie and I met up i downtown Copenhagen, we went to the LEGO store, of course, and had a look at the new sets, the karnival, the new aquartic and all the new city sets. I bought alone aquartic set, mainly for the awesome dogsled! Marie and I bought some minifig parts, and to get the awesome Balloon stand I bought the race car, I already have one, by felt that Autostadt Falkenburg could handle two race cars.

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So now I’m ready 20 hours of TV watching and LEGO building.
If you need me I’ll be in front of the telly.

A LEGO Church and German cathedrals.

LEGO has one thing they always keep their nose out of – religion. And so it should be, they are making toys, and in my opinion they made the right choice in keeping religion out of it.

But that doesn’t stop people from making their own MOCs of churches and other religious symbols, and as long as it is nothing offensive or demeaning I think it’s fine.
I have even considered building a church or cathedral for Autostadt Falkenburg. Not that I’m religious in any way, but I think they are architecturally beautiful. If you have read the book or seen the miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth” you would have learned a little about how much time, blood, sweat and tears a cathedral takes to build. As an Interior Designer, that part interests me very much, and I have spent some of my education learning about the architectural design of buildings.

So I would find it fun to build my own church or cathedral, maybe in microscale, or the scale of the architectural line.

I spent some time wondering what kind of church I would build. I looked at some Danish churches, but they all look the same with their white chalk walls, and almost no decoration, really not that fun to build, an easy, quick build maybe, but not as fun.

Then I saw a microscale of the Kölner Dom – the cathedral of the German town Cologne.
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Kölner Dom

It inspired me to look at the cathedrals of one of our – the two chicks – favourite countries, Germany. Germany has a mixed past, but one thing that has been enchanting people for centuries are their cathedrals.

With the Kölner Dom as the most famous and extraordinary, there are also the St. Marien Domkirche in Hamburg:
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the Regensburger Dom in Regensburg
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Regensburger Dom

the Katholische Hofkirche in Dredsen, also a very famous church that was destroyed in the bombing of Dredsen and rebuilt in the 1980’s.

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Then there’s the one I’ve chosen to replicate in LEGO: Sankt-Hedwigs-Katedrale – St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in the centre of Berlin.
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It is a beautiful neoclassical Cathedral built from 1747-1773. It was also destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II, but rebuilt from 1952-1963. Its dome which is a half sphere in beautiful corroded copper will be easy to duplicate in the sandgreen brick color. And then a lot of tan of course.
One of my sisters studied at Humboldt Universität right next to the cathedral, so I’ve seen it many times. And it shares its name with my other sister, so it is really a good architectural addition to Autostadt Falkenburg!

This was just the idea fase, the build will probably take 6 months or so, because it will take me some time and money to get all the bricks. But the project is now started!