Duomo La Spezia, Liguria Italy. (Cattedrale di Cristo Re.)


On our recent trip to Italy I was particularly taken by this fantastic brutalist (it’s actually rationalist or neo-rationalist) cathedral in La Spezia.

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The 12 support pillars represent the 12 apostles.

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It was built between the mid 1950’s and its consecration in 1975.

And the apostles names are carved into each pillar.

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The crucifix is 19th Century and is the only ‘old’ thing in the church (if you don’t count me).IMG_9397_2.jpg

It was designed by the rationalist architect Adalberto Libera.

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Above the crucifix is a stunning 50 metre stained glass cupola.

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Possibly the worst Mercury Prize Shortlist ever…


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Unbelievably mainstream.  Some genuinely rubbish records on it (Florence and the Machine).  Entirely lacking in class.

My vote is for Arctic Monkeys but the best act on the list is Nadine Shah.

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Everything Everything
  • Richard Russell
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Jorja Smith
  • King Krule
  • Lily Allen
  • Nadine Shah
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Novelist
  • Sons of Kemet
  • Wolf Alice

No Young Fathers?  Fuck off.

No Jon Hopkins?  Fuck off.

No Gogo Penguin?  Fuck off.