As with almost every tourist, I too asked what is probably the most typical and obvious question when entering this cathedral, and that is “What is wrong with this place?” or perhaps more politely, “Why is it so strangely shaped?” The cathedral is actually comprised of two different floor plans and through some creative planning, the architect connected the two into one cathedral as seamlessly as possible. When you first enter from the front, you are directly looking into what seems to be a tunnel with the nave several meters to your left. In fact, you are looking straight down the outside aisle that leads to the ambulatory behind the altar. It really is a stark contrast to most cathedrals, a unique feature that is quite photographic.
By Derek Noll
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