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Just as the human soul has its hidden recesses, so the cathedral has its secret passages. They extend underground below the church and, taken all together, they form the crypt from the Greek, Kp rao, hidden . In this low, damp, cold place, the observer experiences a strange 26 G. J. Witkowski, L'Art profane ri 1'Eglise. France. Paris, Schemit, 1908, p. 382. feeling and one which imposes silence it is the feeling of power, combined with darkness. We are here in the abode of the dead, as in the...

Seven

Varro, in his Antiquitates rerum humanorum, recalls the legend of Aeneas saving his father and his household gods from the flames of Troy and, after long wanderings, arriving at the fields of Laurentum,n the goal of his journey. He gives the following explanation Ex quo de Troja est egressus Aeneas, Veneris eum per diem 16 Convallaria polygonata, commonly called Solomon's Seal, owes its name to its stem, the section of which is starred like the magic sign attributed to the King of the...