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Notes on the Geography of Germany: Three by Balthasar Neumann: Photo 34

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Pevsner continues: "This has the most exciting and baffling effect at the crossing. Here in a church of the Gesú type--and Vierzehnheiligen appears from outside to belong to the type--one would expect a dome, the summit of the composition. Instead of that, there lies, as has been said before, just at the centre of the crossing, the point where choir oval and central oval meet. The two transverse arches struck from the piers of the crossing bend, the western one eastward, the eastern westward, until they touch each other in exactly the same place as the ovals, purposely emphasizing the fact that, where a normal Baroque church would have had the crest of the undulating movement of the vaults, Vierzehnheiligen has a trough, a most effective spatial counterpoint."

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