June 27, 2005
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Thanks to the Fun Zone on the Princess Star, for the first time in
10 years we got a day wandering around a European city on our own,
sans kids. We moved at our own pace, stopping in at coffee shops,
lingering at an outdoor photo exhibit, then meandering through city
streets and up hills to find this wonderful modern copper-domed church.
And no one complained their feet were hurting.
The church was built into a rock hill during the 1950s, during the Cold War, and we read
that a bomb shelter beneath it could host thousands. Its dome is made
of 13 miles of copper wound in concentric circles, and appears to hover
above the shell of the church, suspended by windows and light supports --
an update of the model that made Aya Sophia's dome appear to float
16 centuries ago. (Click on the image for a bigger picture.)