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Architectural Quotes


"Architectural-form equals social-form" - Eliel Saarinen

"I'm not an architectural composer." - Harrison Birtwistle

"I am but an architectural composer." - Alexander Jackson Davis

"Always beware an unsigned architectural design." - Martin Filler

"Supply and demand regulate architectural form." - Adolf Loos

"Light is architectural. It is sculptural." - Robert Wilson

"My furniture is an exercise in architecture or architectural mood." - Ettore Sottsass

"You can't escape the influence of architectural history." - Richard Meier

"It fills one with a sense of architectural possibility." - Paul Goldberger

"My wife and I are art collectors and architectural crazies." - Louis Susman

"All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"I think when you look at architectural photography it doesn't help to have piles of old clothes lying on the floor. Architectural photography sets up an artifice." - Annabelle Selldorf

"The greatest architectural illusion is not Baroque fancy or Victorian flamboyant, but minimalism." - Kevin Mccloud

"We lived in a housing project graced by the architectural style of Early Chicken Coop ..." - Clara Fraser

"Dude, my hair is like an architectural structure. It's like... a building." - Taylor Swift

"Holiness is the architectural plan upon which God buildeth up His living temple." - Charles Spurgeon

"Dude, my hair is like an architectural structure. It's like... a building." - Taylor Swift

"I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works." - Toyo Ito

"The British government - any government - is potentially the worst [architectural] client in the world." - Thomas Heatherwick

"Symbol and metaphor are as much a part of the architectural vocabulary as stone and steel." - Ada Louise Huxtable

"Unlike the past decades, the present moment is lacking in architectural discourse." - Lebbeus Woods

"My father, an architectural photographer, was an incurable tinkerer, maker and mender." - Nick Park

"Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression." - Arthur Erickson

"I look upon myself as a musical bricklayer with architectural aspirations." - Robert Mayer

"The challenge of a cathedral is very good for architectural inventiveness." - Oscar Niemeyer

"Architectural drawing is a language with conventions where the rules can be deliberately misused; a well-composed architectural drawing can both contain correct and incorrect arrangements of meaningful things." - Jimenez Lai

"I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends - architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs and organizational structure. These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines, and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well." - Rem Koolhaas

"Frank Gehry for instance likes to imagine his buildings as sculptures. I like to imagine my sculptures as architectural." - Michael Heizer

"The task of the architectural project is to reveal, through the transformation of form, the essence of the surrounding context." - Vittorio Gregotti

"As architects we're trained to solve problems, but I don't really believe in architectural problems. I only believe in opportunities." - Magnus Larsson

"I love cloisters, which are the architectural equivalent of a theological concept: perfect freedom within set boundaries." - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

"The secret of architectural excellence is to translate the proportions of a dachshund into bricks, mortar and marble." - Christopher Wren

"The time is probably near when a new system of architectural laws will be developed, adapted entirely to metallic construction." - John Ruskin

"She well knew the great architectural secret of decorating her constructions, and never descended to construct a decoration." - Anthony Trollope

"Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains." - Henry Ward Beecher

"I am equally proud of all of my architectural projects. It's always rewarding to see an ambitious design become reality." - Zaha Hadid

"In Italy, there are so many significant architectural structures in history such as the Pantheon in Rome, or the Duomo." - Tadao Ando

"A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature." - Guillaume Apollinaire

"People say I design architectural icons. If I design a building and it becomes an icon, that's ok." - Zaha Hadid

"...By allowing businesses to expense up to $75,000, it means somebody is more likely to buy a copying machine, or in this case, an architectural... fancy machine." - George W Bush

"The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use." - Gustave Eiffel

"The decorator of Las Colimas must have been a great admirer of both early Aztec and late Taco Bell architectural styles." - Ilona Andrews

"Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things." - Michael Graves

"My particular focus at the moment is on the development of genetic algorithms and neural networks that work together to create computer architectural systems." - Frederick Lenz

"Architecture and architectural freedom are above all a social issue that must be seen from inside a political structure, not from outside it," - Lina Bo Bardi

"Interior design is a travesty of the architectural process and a frightening condemnation of the credulity, helplessness and gullibility of the most formidable consumers - the rich." - Stephen Bayley

"The tragic side of many architectural enterprises is that they destroy natural beauties which are a priceless possession and cannot be replaced." - Helen Keller

"Fragmentation is like classful addressing - an interesting early architectural error that shows how much experimentation was going on while IP was being designed." - Paul Vixie

"I think architectural appreciation would be a minor occupation after a nuclear war. People would just be happy to have something to eat." - Ben Katchor

"I agonize over things like this - the order of things, section titles, all this architectural sort of stuff. Takes me years to figure out." - Peter Orner

"My father was a master carpenter and builder. Architectural design, engineering design, mechanical design, three-dimensional views, that was my shtick, my forte." - Bobby Seale

"Likewise 'radical'. I'm only radical because the architectural profession has got lost. Architects are such a dull lot - and they're so convinced that they matter." - Cedric Price

"I enjoy writing scripts. I can find out what happens. With an outline, I feel like I'm doing an architectural diagram of something." - Neil Gaiman

"The center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization." - Stephen Gardiner

"I think space, architectural space, is my thing. It's not about facade, elevation, making image, making money. My passion is creating space." - Peter Zumthor

"New York being what it is, our museums are vertical, not horizontal. That means the stumbling blocks to architectural clarity are unavoidable - but certainly surmountable." - Jerry Saltz

"There is no sadder tale in the annals of architecture than the virtual disappearance of the defining architectural form of the Modern Movement - publicly sponsored housing." - Martin Filler

"A bold architectural statement turns a public building into a landmark, but it is in the details where the architect becomes the real storyteller." - Curtis W. Fentress

"[It is] the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste. the Cathedral of Asphalt." - Robert Moses

"The centuries-old history and culture of India, majestic architectural monuments and museums of Delhi, Agra and Mumbai have a unique attractive force." - Vladimir Putin

"I've built a tree house; because of my architectural training, it's heavily over-designed, with an oriel window sticking out of it and flying foxes coming off it." - Greg Wise

"The ultimate pleasure of architecture lies in the most forbidden parts of the architectural act, where limits are perverted and prohibitions are transgressed." - Bernard Tschumi

"I like architectural shapes. You can't put any shape on any body, except on the runway. In reality, it has to look and feel flattering." - Bibhu Mohapatra

"It was always my intention that The Frieze should be housed in a room which would provide a suitable architectural frame for it." - Edvard Munch

"The Besicovitch style is architectural. He builds out of simply elements a delicate and complicated architectural structure, usually with a hierarchical plan, and then, when the building is finished, the completed structure leads by simple arguments to an unexpected conclusion. Every Besicovitch proof is a work of art, as carefully constructed as a Bach fugue." - Freeman Dyson

"It's unfortunate that a certain type of stripped-down classicism became the in-house architectural language for 20th-century fascism. Can an architectural language recover from such an association? Yes, I think it can, because in the end what you're talking about is a column and beam." - David Chipperfield

"The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good." - Richard Saul Wurman

"Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, don't be precious about your first draft, it's an architectural blueprint to a whole building, be your own worst critic, confront your weakness and remember it's a craft." - Tobsha Learner

"I go to the studio every day, but I dont paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things." - Gerhard Richter

"My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable." - Iris Apfel

"The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services." - Vinton Cerf

"It's language as a kind of structural system. A diagram of a sentence, now that seems like a kind of architectural model. I don't know how to explain it, but it would be nice to try. Why, why this fascination?" - Vito Acconci

"A modern building should derive its architectural significance solely from the vigour and consequence of its own organic proportions. It must be true to itself, logically transparent, and virginal of lies or trivialities." - Walter Gropius

"Forget your environmental footprint. Think about your ethical footprint. What good is it to build a zero-carbon, energy efficient complex, when the labor producing this architectural gem is unethical at best?" - Cameron Sinclair

"[On Addis Ababa:] Among the city's handicaps are an immaturity for which no one can be blamed, as it was founded only eighty years ago, and a proliferation of architectural excesses for which many people can and should be blamed." - Dervla Murphy

"Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven." - Walter Benjamin

"In another life I would love to be a cosmetic surgeon because it's architectural. You know, you are trying to figure out where the seams go. Can I do it in one piece like Halston? Can you formaldehyde DNA?" - Tom Ford

"Architectural features of true democratic ground-freedom would rise naturally from topography, which means that buildings would all take on the nature and character of the ground on which in endless variety they would stand and be component part." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"The character of the architectural forms and spaces which all people habitually encounter are powerful agencies in determining the nature of their thoughts, their emotions and their actions, however unconscious of this they may be." - Hugh Ferriss

"In another life I would love to be a cosmetic surgeon because it's architectural. You know, you are trying to figure out where the seams go. Can I do it in one piece like Halston? Can you formaldehyde DNA?" - Tom Ford

"A lot of the buildings [in Toronto] around Yonge and Bloor is the architectural equivalent of Kipper Ties and 8" collar points. It's ghastly and no amount of street-level retail glitz can lift it." - William Gibson

"Writing is a totally different brain than directing, at least for me. With writing, you're trying your best to foresee all the problems before they happen. It's more architectural in a weird way." - Craig Zobel

"From my first days studying architecture at the architectural association, I have always been interested in the concept of fragmentation and with ideas of abstraction and explosion, where we were de-constructing ideas of repetitiveness and mass production." - Zaha Hadid

"Whiteness allows the architectural ideas to be understood most clearly - the difference between opacity and transparency, solid and void, structure and surface. These things are more perceptible in a white environment. They have a greater clarity." - Richard Meier

"In some cases there are ways of thinking about what an architectural program produces - interior and exterior - that is not necessarily directed by an economic requirement, but is a diagram based on human actions, selfish or otherwise." - Jimenez Lai

"The true architectural art, that art toward which I would lead you, rests, not upon scholarship but upon human powers; and, therefore, it is to be tested, not by the fruits of scholarship, but by the touch-stone of humanity." - Louis Sullivan

"I try to do everything from thinking about big issues like how a building fits into the larger stream of architectural history to practical issues such as how it feels to navigate your way through its interior." - Paul Goldberger

"I use drugs to work. I never use them to escape or for pleasure. When you turn to drugs, all you're doing is turning inside, anyway. I only use drugs for construction. It's like one of my architectural tools." - Patti Smith

"A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"A greater awareness in architects and planners of their real value to society could, at the present, result in that rare occurrence, namely, the improvement of the quality of life as a result of architectural endeavour." - Cedric Price

"I wanted to work in the arts. My dream come true would be to be an architectural historian and work with the royal palaces and all the fabulous art collections. But I'm not committed enough." - Jaye Davidson

"Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people's lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society." - Zaha Hadid

"I think the general public's response to my projects is very strong. You can be an intellectual and say that popularity detracts from architectural quality. On the other hand, you can see in the public's identification something very positive." - Moshe Safdie

"All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it's difficult to quantify the attachment." - Tadao Ando

"Since I am a Japanese man who's been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they're based on Western methods and materials." - Tadao Ando

"They couldn't wait to get me out. My dad found my place, my mom helped me pack, and my brother was making architectural plans for my bedroom. It was just what you do at 18." - Justine Bateman

"In Britain, we've tended to replace the kind of architectural culture valued in much of Europe with an in-flight magazine lifestyle - all branding, marketing and 'accessibility', a word that usually means dumbing-down." - David Chipperfield

"The size thing is not some gimmick or attention-getting trick but a genuine undercurrent of the work. Frank Gehry for instance likes to imagine his buildings as sculptures. I like to imagine my sculptures as architectural." - Michael Heizer

"I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world." - Tadao Ando

"Although there are countless tangents that a career in the building arts can take, it is nonetheless most unusual for a major architectural practice to emerge once a firm's principals are well into what is loosely called middle age." - Martin Filler

"Snohetta promotes a more democratic workplace atmosphere than most other architectural offices. This may merely reflect prevalent employment practices in Scandinavia, but Snohetta places a stronger emphasis on group participation in the design process than typical high-style firms." - Martin Filler

"Maybe, just maybe, we shall at last come to care for the most important, most challenging, surely the most satisfying of all architectural creations: building cities for people to live in." - Philip Johnson

"Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist." - Maya Lin

"I think of novels in architectural terms. You have to enter at the gate, and this gate must be constructed in such a way that the reader has immediate confidence in the strength of the building." - Ian Mcewan

"In another life I would love to be a cosmetic surgeon because it's architectural. You know, you are trying to figure out where the seams go. Can I do it in one piece like Halston? Can you formaldehyde DNA?" - Tom Ford

"Good buildings make and are made by their settings, and they are appropriately different in different locations. Climate, culture, topography and materials have helped create regional architectural languages that seem curiously right for their locations and for all times." - Jaquelin T Robertson

"For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind." - James Rouse

"If you get hold of a head of hair on somebody you've never seen before, cut beautiful shapes, cut beautiful architectural angles and she walks out looking so different - I think that's masterful." - Vidal Sassoon

"We learned to put discipline in the haircuts by using actual geometry, actual architectural shapes and bone structure. The cut had to be perfect and layered beautifully, so that when a woman shook it, it just fell back in." - Vidal Sassoon

"Borne out of this, starting around the 17th Century was the Baroque era. It is my view that it is one of the architectural peak periods in western civilisation." - Harry Seidler

"Not even the most secular among us can fail to be uplifted by Christianity's architectural legacy - the great cathedrals. These immense and glorious buildings were erected in an era of constricted horizons, both in time and in space." - Martin Rees

"I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things." - Gerhard Richter

"Google's architectural model around broadband and services and so forth plays very well to the powerful devices and services Apple is doing. We're a perfect back end to the problems that they're trying to solve." - Eric Schmidt

"I wear the same black suit. I have five of them. I pair them with a red scarf. I was wearing a red scarf when I won the first architectural competition of my career." - Bernard Tschumi

"Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture." - Rem Koolhaas

"In alarming proportions the following words have disappeared from architectural publications: beauty, inspiration, magic, sorcery, enchantment, and also serenity, mystery, silence, privacy, astonishment. All of these have found a loving home in my soul." - Luis Barragan

"I aim to create furniture that appears in a room as buildings on a skyline and reminds the viewer of the interaction between objects of design and architectural space." - Gae Aulenti

"The kind of painting which I find exciting is not necessarily representational or non-representational, but it is musical and architectural... Whether this visual relationship is slightly more or slightly less abstract is, for me, beside the point." - Ben Nicholson

"As designers, we do so much with material and construction. It's really architectural; it comes close to building. A scent is so immaterial. It's really about emotion and sensation. Clothes are too, but it's not the same." - Nicolas Ghesquiere

"I think modern architecture will stand as one of the great, great epochs in architectural history of all time. But like all other great epochs in architectural history, they have their beginnings and they have their peak, and they also have their decline. So I feel that very soon we will enter a new era, but we don't know yet what that era will be." - Friedrich St Florian

"I was inspired by the androgyny of Yohji Yamanoto's designs to translate the clothing's dualities onto screen and image. I was playing with a multitude of influences for the S/S 2012 campaign, inspired by the modernist literature and architecture that is in itself a fusion of political and architectural mantras, both dreamy and concrete." - Collier Schorr

"As with any art, you create it [drumming] out of something that isn't there. It's very architectural. It's the architecture of whatever piece of music I'm playing. I think the whole idea of drumming is to allow other people around you to more easily express themselves." - Max Weinberg

"Among these temples there is one which far surpasses all the rest, whose grandeur of architectural details no human tongue is able to describe; for within its precincts, surrounded by a lofty wall, there is room enough for a town of five hundred families." - Hernando Cortes

"What I so like about Poussin and Cezanne is their sense of organization. I like the way in which they develop space and shape in architectural continuity - the rhythm across their paintings. When I paint a landscape, I get the greatest pleasure out of composing it. As I paint, I try to work out a visual sonata form or a fugue, with realistic images." - Ian Hornak

"Potassium cyanide," says the talent wrangler as she leans over to pick up a paper napkin off the floor. "Found naturally in the cassava or manioc roots native to Africa, used to tint architectural blueprints in the form of the deep-blue pigment known as Prussian blue. Hence the shade 'cyan' blue." - Chuck Palahniuk

"True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism." - Henry David Thoreau

"Free men and women... can think across time, viewing their own lives, inclusive of past, present, and future, as architectural wholes, static in mental space. They can therefore see, as others cannot, the cracks and buttresses of repeated action, the points of stress, the established framework. They are not perfect; but they are less imperfect than we by a full dimension of being." - Robert Grudin

"Buildings are seldom just buildings in downtown Chicago, they are Examples, and not a city on Earth, I swear, is as knowledgeably preoccupied with architectural meaning. Where else would a department store include in its advertisements the name of the architect who created it, or a newspaper property section throw in a scholarly exposition of theoretical design?" - Jan Morris

"for man, woman, and child the tender, irregular, sensitive, living foot, which does not even stand with all its little surface on the ground, and which makes no base to satisfy an architectural eye, is, as it were, the unexpected thing. ... nothing makes a more helpless and unsymmetrical sign than does a naked foot." - Alice Meynell

"The perennial architectural debate has always been, and will continue to be, about art versus use, visions versus pragmatism, aesthetics versus social responsibility. In the end, these unavoidable conflicts provide architecture's essential and productive tensions; the tragedy is that so little of it rises above the level imposed by compromise, and that this is the only work most of us see and know." - Ada Louise Huxtable

"In Paris style is everything. That is traditionally understood. Every street, every structure, every shopgirl has style. The style of Parisian architecture has been proved and refined by at least three centuries of academic dictates and highly developed taste. There are few violations of this taste, and there is exemplary architectural consistency. Paris has defined the aesthetics of a sophisticated urban culture." - Ada Louise Huxtable

"To approach a city, or even a city neighborhood, as if it were a larger architectural problem, capable of being given order by converting it into a disciplined work of art, is to make the mistake of attempting to substitute art for life. The results of such profound confusion between art and life are neither life nor art. They are taxidermy." - Jane Jacobs

"Perhaps if human desire is said out loud, the urban planes, the prisons, the architectural mirrors will take off, as airplanes do. The black planes will take off into the night air and the night winds, sliding past and behind each other, zooming, turning and turning in the redness of the winds, living, never to return." - Kathy Acker

"It is usually a mistake to impose an individual's taste on a room that has its Conversely, to put very fine pieces of furniture in a room that is without architectural distinction is as absurd as wearing a tiara with a bathing suit." - Nancy Lancaster

"I'm not interested in living in a fantasy world ... All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules." - Lebbeus Woods

"Houses, like people, are apt to become rather eccentric if left too much on their own; this house was the architectural equivalent of an old gentleman in a worn dressing-gown and torn slippers, who got up and went to bed at odd times of day, and who kept up a continual conversation with friends no one else could see." - Susanna Clarke

"Being a painter myself... whenever I could dispense with architectural precision, I indulged in the picturesque, in which case I sacrificed a few details when necessary in favor of an imposing effect that would give a monument its real character and also preserve the poetic charm that surrounds it." - Charles Negre

"I liked the idea of architectural games - you're always building and rebuilding. And I still thought of myself in opposition. I thought, If architects build a dream house, then I want to build a bad-dream house. My piece was called Bad Dream House." - Vito Acconci

"We need more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." - Jonathan Raban

"I think in space or music or art or literature of any kind there has to be some kind of void where the viewer or the spectator or the listener or the reader can insert themselves into it, and there is a certain kind of architectural space which is totalitarian, which does not allow you to do that." - Jonathan Meades

"Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls." - Mervyn Peake

"There may be millions of fine thoughts, and the account of the experience on which they are based, all encased within stone walls of acceptable architectural form; but if the scholar can get at only one a week by diligent search, his syntheses are not likely to keep up with the current scene." - Vannevar Bush

"If there is a reason for keeping the wall very quiet, choose a pattern that works all over without pronounced lines...Put very succinctly, architectural effect depends upon a nice balance of horizontal, vertical and oblique. No rules can say how much of each; so nothing can really take the place of feeling and good judgement." - William Morris

"We need ? more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes ? to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." - Jonathan Raban

"I think, you know, architecture should not just be something that follows up on events but be a leader of events ... by implementing an architectural action, you actually are making a transformation in the social fabric and in the political fabric. Architecture becomes an instigator." - Lebbeus Woods

"It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us." - Alain De Botton

"Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings - sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time." - Peter Zumthor

"My first architectural project I did, I must have been fifteen, was for neighbors across the street, a couple of school teachers, and I designed a house for them. I didn't know anything about Le Corbusier or anything like that, but it ended up being a very cubistic kind of house. I always wanted to be an architect." - Emilio Ambasz

"I do shop online! But I'm shopping online mostly in the home categories - One Kings Lane and Gilt. At a lot of architectural websites, I buy a lot of hardware for cabinetry like hinges and things like that from England. So, you know, for me, I shop at Net-A-Porter, but I don't really shop that much for clothing online." - Nate Berkus

"Among these temples there is one which far surpasses all the rest, whose grandeur of architectural details no human tongue is able to describe; for within its precincts, surrounded by a lofty wall, there is room enough for a town of five hundred families." - Hernan Cortes



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