MO Round 6: Heath Flor Vs. George G. . Here is my Round 6 (!) MOC Olympic entry. . The Category is:
George G VS Heath Flor:
Place of Worship: Choose a place where people conduct religious ceremonies. Now, we’re not looking for typical ideas here, think ancient druids, Mayans, Ancient Greece/Roman, Buddhist temples, Angkor Wat and things like that. Choose any kind of religion you want from any time period, it’s up to you! If you’d like to build a modern Christian church then by all means do it, just make sure that if you pick something “normal” that the build is good enough to beat your opponent. Good luck!
You can find my worthy opponent's entry HERE
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Most people by now realize (or know for certain) I have an extreme distaste for organized religion. Even so, I always marvel at the multitude of churches built in the name of a culture's favorite deity. In fact, I usually make a strong point of visiting a local church and spend quite a bit of time documenting said visits. Regardless of your religious viewpoints, it's always humbling to see what mankind will do to appease their Gods.
There's been a lot of CFOL activity on MOCpages in the past year or so, and I thought it was high time some of our lesser known CFOL homies got some love. Not Christians....this is for the CATHOLIC Fans of LEGO!
This is the Santuario de las Lajas in Columbia. A few minor miracles have reportedly happened in the canyon since the mid 1700's, which includes an image of the Virgin Mary reported on one of the rocks. Though I couldn't find a picture of said rock (which reportedly still exists), many cathedrals don't allow photographs inside, which could explain why. Due to this and the other small miracles reported back to Rome, this was enough to deem it a minor basilica in 1951, a few short years after the current church was built. The entire project was funded by local churchgoers, as apparently the cocaine trade was starting to kick off pretty good in the 40's.
The church was built in the canyon rock and is attached to the other side with a giant arch bridge which has a massive river running under it, and is surrounded by dense Colombian forest. The category was looking for ancient stuff, but as George already pointed out those places can be quite booooring!!!! And fictional religions sounded as if they'd be frowned upon (there went my FSM Pirate tavern temple and fairy wood)...so, I decided to chose a place where I would likely question my intentions of being there in the first place. Hence a Cathedral hanging off a side of a canyon.
Here is the real deal: Santuario de las Lajas
My opponent is tough. He's a young guy with a seeminly endless amount of time and bricks. Have you see his last entry HERE? In only ten days?! I had to push the envelope. The only way I could do so was with a Gothic Cathedral in ten days. My wife said I was a dumb-ass. Psshhhh....showed her!
I began by sizing up my competition. I did so with the only means I have.....by watching Skins on Netflix. Apparently young cats across the pond drink, do drugs, and party. A LOT! I try to avoid the UK and GB references because I'm bound to screw that up.....let's just say they're all East of me. :P
I couldn't rely on George's partying to increase enough to give me a pass, so I had to get moving. It's a bit difficult to get ten clear days to build with nothing going wrong. In fact, my daughters came down sick again, and this time got me too. Reminiscent to the Final 4 in 2010, I became bed ridden towards the end. Stupid colds! I decided to push through the NyQuil haze and wrap this up. Though I have mastered being a drunken monk, I've been in a bit of a delirium the last couple days. I need more practice drinking that sizzurp.
Marble angels pray for you and your sins as you cross the bridge......dirty sinner!
As someone has already kindly pointed out before I even have the descriptions fully loaded, the vegetation isn't quite as lush as you'd find in Colombia. My apologies....I live in Arizona....what do I know about "lush", besides being one? :P Actually I began to run out of dark bley and plants rather quickly, and I had to do my best with what I got....sometimes that's just how the cookie crumbles, eh?
Here is a view looking up. It's kinda tall.
Looking down on some of the details from the top.
There is a set of stepss which goes up the canyon wall, and along the wall is thousands of odd placards.....which I'm assuming were meant to pay respect to the local donations. I didn't have time to include those bits....but the first flights of steps are there. I believe there's three flights with two landings which serve as lookout points.
This is how the Cathedral would be viewed (downward) from the canyon walls as you're on one of the landings when you climb those steps I mentioned.
The front of the Cathedral.
Here is the top of the Cathedral, I know there's a name for it, but it eludes me now.
This is the less famous side of the Cathedral, and I only found two images of it. I believe it's due to limited access.
Interesting enough, the top of the Cathedral is shaped in the form of a cross. I've seen others with similar shapes, but for whatever reason this image of the cross being pushed towards the heavens made me giggle. As if JC would want to be reminded of such things! LOL I kid, I kid.
Here are some unedited pics. I hate those white boards....they never cover enough! LOL
Here are some shots I took when it was starting to get too big, and nearly had a kid (twice) and a dog smash into it on accident. I decided to grab some shots just in case something bad happened at zero hour.
Everyone always asks, so it measures in at 80 studs long, 42 studs wide, and ~86 high.
For the record, I didn't post this to start a debate on religion.....so let's keep the theological debates for the class rooms.
I hope you all enjoyed, and hopefully I can return for the final round. Good luck to George and the remaining two, who are getting ready to slog it out in their own fashion! Cheers!