Work is divine: No place of worship can be built without human labour

To visit architectural masterpieces is to witness the eternal enigma of everyday skies that strides the majesty of stones and thoughts alike. Great Gothic cathedrals, such as Chartres in France and the Duomo in Milan, raise the question: Does architecture partner divine design, or is it merely an expression of human ingenuity?

It is both. It takes work to shape stones into thoughts. No place of worship can be built without the labour of human hands.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2020, with the headline 'Work is divine'. Print Edition | Subscribe