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[Æonis] - Sacre-Cœur de Lucrécy | Cathedral of the Holy Heart

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Level 50 : Grandmaster Architect
This project belongs to our main project, the Empire of Castaire.

Today we are presenting our most spectacular and breathtaking build to date! Our enormous cathedral is finally completed. Feel the awe-inspiring beauty of this magnificent masterpiece of esradonian imperial architecture and enjoy the excessive background lore brought to you by our architect student Flo! And now, without further procrastination: Vive l'Empire!

With the beginning of his regency, Steve I was facing some inner conflicts. With the flourishing colonies the merchants and nobility gained huge fortunes what led to the phenomenon of the so called decoshit movement. To represent their wealth the upper classes started to build houses so overly decorated that many of them tended to break in eventually. Even the clothes were resembling this new attitude and covered the citizens with many layers of expensive robes and heavy golden jewelry, which led so far that some people got injured. On the one side, the capital Lucrécy was booming and by far not every citizen was participating in this new trend.

On the other side, many people were left behind and almost all services in the city were overstrained by the masses. This development of land flee into bigger cities over the country and in the colonies drove this way forward. To prevent a further continuation and a separation of the Empire Steve I and Belle built many communal services in cities all over Castaire. After the explosion of the Opera Grande and the inflicted damage in the respective quarter, the plan was to build more services in the center of the city instead of a reconstruction of the residential buildings.

Besides a new opera, a new town hall, the first fire station and a hospital were built and a planning bureau for city development and schooling for future architects, the HGI, was constructed. This should keep the decoshit movement at bay in creating some rules for the house construction in Lucrécy and later all the cities of Castaire.

But with the unexpected death of our beloved Impératrice Belle the country and the imperial family fell in deep depression. To honour her and to put a definite end to the decoshit movement, Steve I planned to build a cathedral in her memorial. There were already plans for developing the northern valley next to the palace with new houses for imperial warrants. So Steve I decided to extend the plan with the Cathédrale Commémorative de l’Impératrice Belle, an imperial post office building and a huge district gifted to the Ordre des Saintes.

To make such an ambitious project even possible Steve I hired ten thousands of construction workers, stone smiths, artisans and helpers. By one way or another at some point almost a quarter of Lucrécys population worked directly or indirectly for this project.
First, the river bank got paved and a small inner city harbour was created for taking the stone supplies from the inland quarries. The next step was to build the Place de Belle to have a fastened base to store the stone and to prepare them for later constructional needs.

Due to the fact that the ground level got lowered, the base of the main part of the cathedral could be built on plain stone. That way there was no need for catacombs to stabilize the construction. The only cellar was built under the sanctuary which sits higher above ground than the rest and was partly carved into the ground stone.

To guarantee a fast process, the first thing to build were the belfries in the center of the building with their elevators, while at the same time many craftsmen were busy creating different statues as well as the statue of Belle.

As the first tower was finished, the construction of the side walls got fastened up and the scaffoldings were set up. After just 1 and a half years the main ship got finished to the roof and the construction of the front wing and the sanctuary started.

By that time most of the imperial warrant buildings were finished and most of them could participate at the construction side. All chandeliers were forged by them, the different flags sewed and the surrounding gardens made. Some other parts had to get imported such as the coloured windows, some of the floor pattern marble and the gears for the clocktower.

The organ was a special gift from the Bösendorff Company and its construction took almost as long as the construction of the entire cathedral. After 2 years most of the front wings got finished and another half year later the clock tower was finished.
The completion of the sanctuary octagon took the most time and almost delayed the date of opening.

Just 3 years after the constructions beginning, the exterior was complete and most of the interior as well. As for the date of opening, the crypt was to only part to remain unfinished for the time as well as four statues of former Empereurs in the sanctuary.
But given to the fact that these sections were not open to public at the opening, nobody besides the Empereur got to know about this. To this day the construction side moved more to the north of the cathedral as the new religious center is not quite finished. Once it is done, it will be home for the servants and apprentices of the Ordre des Saintes as well as for libraries and a new council hall. The main cadrielistic center of Castaire will remain in St. Stéphane together with the Hall of the Wise. This newly constructed area is just meant to be a place for new aspirant and their schooling in the divine teachings. It is intended for the Haut Conseil to visit one a year to proclaim their new years’ blessings and guidance for the believers at the gallery facing the Place du Peuple and to choose their yearly candidates for the blessing ritual at the Isle de Cadriel.

This Cathedral was built between the styles of Fantasy-Baroque with its high rising structures and Baroque-Gothic which mainly defines the structure of the building as well as the deco-ornaments as a splendid mixture of both styles. Resulting in huge colourful windows, high rising towers, an outside appearance of a gothic cathedral layout with attached baroque elements and mainly baroque interior with ceiling paintings and marble floor.

According to the visions of the architect, there are many structural and proportional elements within the appearance of the cathedral, symbolizing certain traits of the religion, the founder and the country as a whole.

First of all, the colour of the building is not just one of the first things to be remarkable, but it is also the reason for it‘s well-known nickname Grand Blanc or Great White in English.

The white bricks symbolise the purity of the cadrialism as well as the perfection of the Prince Celestiel Cadriel itself. But it is not just referring to the faith, due to the fact that it was mainly built to honour His Majesty’s wife Belle Sophie Fortescue, who deceased on the 17th Neigouze 1754. This brings us to the cathedrals second official title, the Cathédrale Commémorative de l’Impératrice Belle. To this side of interpretation the white colour refers to the purity of Belle’s faith, her innocence and good heart. So the „Sacre Cœur“ or „Holy Heart“ could also be referring to her kindness and her role in his majesties life, their children and of the whole nation.

The floor plan of the cathedral, together with the Place du Peuple, resembles the main symbol of Cadrielism in the world, the double cut cross with the clock tower St. Stéphane at the top and the sanctuary at the base.

Even the different sections of the building do have different denotations. Starting with the front façade and the Place du Peuple:
The southern wing is the most common one to enter, due to the fact that the side entrances are only accessible via a street along the nobility quarters or the Place de Belle, which is the second most common way as it features a gorgeous statue of the former Impératrice and name giver for the cathedral, Belle. The Place du Peuple earns its name by the crowds of local citizens and even foreign visitors gathering to pray. In its center there is a rather high fountain with marble statues illustrating the story of the imperial couple and the main events of that time. The square is divided by artificial pond from the cathedral and connected to the three main entrances via bridges, while the side entrances are almost exclusively used by prayers who want to light a candle for their deceased.

The central entrance is set back behind a vestibule to remind the people that they are under Cadriels shelter, even outside of his sacred homes. On top of it are two balconies, the lower one for the visitors to look over the scenery, while the upper one is reserved for the Haut Conseil des Sages (High Council of Wise) and their speeches to the people, which will gather beneath the podium on the place.

The front façade is mainly structured by the two spiry side towers and the enormous clocktower St. Stéphane, which are connected by two ascending bridge constructions.

The towers, and especially the clocktower being the tallest man-made structure in the known world, should symbolize the power and wealth of the emperor and the talent of the master-builders in the country. Furthermore, they got also a symbolic meaning:
The two side towers stand for the House Sacrecouronne, governing Castaire, and the House Fortescue, the original family of Impératrice Belle. They are conjoined via bridges to the great Empire Castairien and both of them becoming one family and one heart. This is depicted by stained glass assembled in the huge „Fenêtre Éternelle“ at the center of the clocktower.

The name of the clocktower, St. Stéphane, refers both to His Majesty Steve I as well as Saint Stéphane (1163-1217). In this interpretation the circular clock inside the tower stands for eternity and the everlasting claim of the Sacrecouronne Family and the Empire Castairien on Æonis.

At both ends of the central wing is an apsis with three huge engraved boards each, in which passages from the Holy Books of Cadriel regarding death and afterlife can be found.

The front façade is also vertically divided by two small roof constructions, cutting it into 3 parts. The number 3 is not usually a sacred number in Cadrielism, here it rather refers to Belle’s month of birth, which was Germois (March). The Eight, or Eight plus One based on the 8 main angels and often Cadriel in its center, is a more common number used in the sanctual cadrielistic architecture. Both number symbolics (technically 3) are widely used within the Sacre-Cœur. For example is the Three the reason for the three steps of the main ship, the three sections of the main ship between the front wing and the other three till the sanctuary as well as for the three round wings emerging from the octagonal sanctuary. On top of them are three roof gardens located, with little bushes and angel statues.

The eight (plus one) is symbolized with the octagonal star on top of the central roof with the 4 diagonal axis connecting the belfries, based on the 4 angels of earth, air, fire and water and their creation of everything beautiful such as music. The other 4 axis merge in the main and side ship of the building, referring to the 4 angels of the Human, Elven, Dwarven and NiceGuy kinds which all can find a home under Cadriels Roof.

The ridge turret with its central location stands for Cadriel as the Center of the religion and head of the angels. A similar interpretation is the reason of the octagonal shape of the sanctuary with its huge pinnacle in the middle, although this is a more common shape in cadrielistic sacral architecture, as seen at the Église de Fleuviel (evt verlinken) in the Quartier des Roses.

The last symbolism of the façade are the two guard statues at each side entrance, which are obviously meant for guarding the entrance of any unwanted trespassing as well as protecting the pilgrims, but the guards at the eastern side facing the Place de Belle are also meant to guard her. Therefore you can see them at her side by standing in front of the statue.

The inside of the cathedral is separated in 4 parts,

  • the front or southern wing, with the libraries and Rooms of Silence and Commemoration,
  • the first half of the main ship with the coronation throne and an altar for the common people and their worship.
  • the second half of the main ship stands with an altar for worship needs of the nobility and even the imperial family itself is welcomed by a statue of Cadriel guarding the entrance to the sanctuary as well as a playfully decorated stone fence with castairien banners
  • and eventually the sanctuary itself with an altar just for special occasions such as imperial weddings and funerals, only for the imperialty and their guests.
The first segment, the front wing, features a Room of Silence and Commemoration with an octagon in its center and a blue marble floor pattern, a section with rooms at personal disposal and with two seperate entrances at each side, as well as a public staircase leading to the second floor of these rooms and to the visitor’s balcony. In the second story are the two parts of the library and study rooms for the clerics. Each room takes the rest of the inner height of both wings making it possible to look directly at the almost 100 meter high ceiling and let the space with its many balcony levels and bridges appear very airy and gracilent. The connecting level above the main entrance is the place for the organ “Sophie la Sonoreuse”. This organ was manufactured by the Bösendorff Company, consisting of gilded tin-lead pipes and decorated with statuettes resembling the golden colour. Acoustically, it is an excellent piece of work, beloved by its listeners and by far the biggest organ ever fabricated by Bösendorff. Far above the organ is a dome with an oculus located, comprising a beautifully crafted artwork with the banners of Sacrecouronne, Fortescue, the Cadrielistic Church and the Empire.

The oculus opens the direct view into the clockwork of the Tour St. Stéphane and its enormous brass gears and the dome above them.

The first half of the main ship is reserved for the common citizens of Castaire and their worships as well as for foreign visitors, just until the space gets occupied by a divine service. The altar of this section is a little stone pulpit attached to the pedestal of the coronation throne. The surrounding floor pattern is an intricate design of marble tiles in circular shapes, symbolizing harmony and unity amongst the heavenly powers as well as amongst the people of Esradon (at least in most cases).

Above the coronation pedestal and in the crossing of the cathedral sits the central groin vault made of white marble and dominated by a golden and red eight sided star, stretching to each end of the dome. From every inside corner of the belfries is a stone rose emerged and its tendrils curl around the star with red marble blossoms and golden ornaments. It is separated from the other segments of the main wing with white stone hammerbeam constructions, which separates all sections and underlines the barrel vault.

In case of a huge public event such as a coronation or the yearly announcements of the Haut Counseil, the upper gallery in the side ships is opened for the citizens and accessible through the main staircases of the two southern belfries.

The same applies to the staircases in the northern half, but here the gallery is also reserved for the nobility and just on certain events, for normal occasions these towers remain closed for public. Although respectively two towers are connected with bridges, they are almost exclusively for the members of the Holy Order and maintenance workers to shorten their walkways and to prevent the visitors from being disturbed in their prayers. Inside every belfry spins a spiral staircase along the outer walls with a wooden elevator in its center. These elevators were built to guarantee a fast progress in the construction and to make such huge walls and ceilings as built even possible. All belfries are connected with a bridge to both the inner roof framework for better maintenance and to the ridge of the roof.

Each tower contains 4 huge bells with different tonality to make even difficult melodies possible and audible over kilometers. To this day there are 5 different melodies
“Nouvelle Vie et grandes Opportunités” (New life and great chances) - for birth celebrations;
“Ensemble pour Toujours” (Forever together) - for weddings;
“Ici tu te tiens au milieu de nous” (Here you stand right amongst us) - for children who reached adulthood;
“Tout passera” (All will fade away) - for funerals; and
“Le Cantique de Belle” - played at Belles Date of Death)
automated playable via a chiming cylinder inside a little organ or played life.

Other than the first half, the second part of the main ship is filled with wooden benches for the believers and is used for the normal worships of some merchant, the local nobility as well as the imperial family and even their guests of state. Their altar is built in a white marble pedestal in front of a statue of Cadriel guarding the entrance to the sanctuary and holding a sword. The second part is remarked by its more decorated pillars with blossom ornamentals and the flags of the Empire flying above the seats, while the first part contains the flags of the different duchies of Castaire. It is separated from the sanctuary by a huge stone fence adorned by flags and a huge double cut cross on top of it.

The main hall of the sanctuary is an octagonal shaped room with 3 apsides spreading to the sides and the main ship being the fourth one. At the other 4 diagonal sides are smaller rooms to connecting the wings with on another.

The pulpit and huge altar is located at the northern side facing the main ship with an open space for people to stand and opens to the galleries, where the higher nobility takes place. It is also facing to the to balconies for the imperial family and the second one for any other high royal family, for example the parents of the wedding partner in case of a wedding.

The ground level grants access to a shrine beneath the altar featuring a lifesize statue of Belle in it and limited space for some prayers. The western and eastern wings are leading to open crypts with graves for great statesmen and women. Behind the altar lies the staircase down towards the catacombs with additional graves for the imperial family and people of outstanding merit. In the diagonal side wings are the staircases to the galleries and the balconies reserved for the imperial family. The floor is made of white marble with rose ornamentals and are crowned by barrel vaults with colourful paintings on them.

Behind the wall of the altair lies a circular space with a white marble floor pattern of turned in wings and a chandelier in its center. This hidden space is only accessable for the imperial family and their guests and is often used for secret discussions about more delicate things.

The second floor explains the history of the country with its founder Castorian I until Steve I Stéphane and the main events through the time periods. Therefore, the past is, just like the structure, divided in three main eras and two intermediate periods between them.

Each wing describes the events in the medieval times, the renaissance and the baroque period with the statues of the ruling emperors at each column and the history with pictures in the glass windows. Even the floor patterns and ceiling are adapted to the cultural and architectural style of the period even with different roof constructions in general, with a ribbed vault in the medieval part, a barrel vault in the renaissance and a painted marble capped barrel vault in the baroque section. The upper ring consists only of the octagon and its huge windows as the apsides end at the second floor. The glass windows featuring images of the eight angels and the pillars are decorated with golden roses entwining along the length of them. The top is a huge, slightly stretched, dome with two rown small dormers to enlighten the inner room and a huge pinnacle on top of it.

Main Architects: Stevecurious & Flo049

CreditStampen (two statues)
Progress100% complete

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  • 10Below
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • February 17, 2019, 8:10 am
Amazing work! If you don't mind me asking what texture pack do you use?
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • February 17, 2019, 9:40 am
A personally remixed version of Dokucraft and Conquest :)
  • 10Below
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • February 19, 2019, 6:20 am
Awesome! Thank you. You all do amazing work.
  • Aspirin60
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Scapegoat
  • February 13, 2019, 10:50 am
This is a masterpiece dude!
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • February 13, 2019, 10:10 pm
We're doing our best :D
  • Kwanatla
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Archer
  • January 29, 2019, 3:34 pm
Wow, such intricate detail, even at the massive scale! Impressive!
  • LevStoy
  • Level 22
  • Expert Architect
  • January 25, 2019, 3:24 am
Impressive work as always from you guys :)
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 25, 2019, 3:42 am
Thank you soo much :D
Beautiful! A work of art, in every detail, a lot of success for you!!!
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 25, 2019, 3:42 am
Haha thanks :D Nice to hear from you again ^^
  • Musquete
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 20, 2019, 1:50 pm
Where you from?
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 20, 2019, 10:59 pm
Our members are from all over the world, but our main project Castaire is a french-inspired empire in the 18th century :)
  • Anvalan
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 20, 2019, 5:19 am
Perfect build ;)
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 20, 2019, 5:37 am
Thanks :D
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Mage
  • January 20, 2019, 3:52 am
Masterfully build
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 20, 2019, 5:37 am
Oh thank you so much :D
  • Danishjumper
  • Level 45
  • Master Slime Tamer
  • January 20, 2019, 12:14 am
Hahaha had to find my old PMC account, just to go and give this a diamond, which it absolutely deserves!!!
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 20, 2019, 1:11 am
Haha thank you Danish :D
  • Acier
  • Level 40
  • Master Professor
  • January 19, 2019, 7:30 pm
Impressive as always
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 19, 2019, 11:00 pm
Thank you :D
What a great cathedral. So glad that this heart project is finally done.
Hope you like it.

Best regards, Flo
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 19, 2019, 1:25 pm
Yeah, and finally posted here for everyone to admire :D
  • Paul_zero
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • January 19, 2019, 1:17 pm
One of the best projects out there!
  • Aeonis
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 19, 2019, 1:19 pm
At least our best so far :D

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