Churches and cathedrals are often a city's most cherished architectural creations. Some of them are a thousand years old. Quite a few have been transformed from sectarian to secular uses during the past 50 years, and quite a few were lost during the last war. Those that remain are impressive structures, usually the best of their era. The great churches have large impacts on the entire city because their spires are visible nearly anywhere, and their local effects are almost overwhelming. Only occasionally does a secular work (a city hall or museum) actually exceed the best local church.
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