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Lewis Mumford writes of the medieval organization of space: “The highest object in the city was the church spire which pointed toward heaven and dominated all the lesser buildings, as the church dominated their hopes and fears.  Space was divided arbitrarily to represent the seven virtues or the twelve apostles or the ten commandments or the trinity.  Without constant symbolic reference to the fables and myths of Christianity the rationale of medieval space would collapse.”

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