The City as Sacred Place

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1368944113_51a8d743db2Here’s an interesting tidbit.  According to historian Lewis Mumford, the social, psychological, and spiritual origins of the city existed before the first city was ever built.  Cities, in their beginning, were spiritualizing centers for cultural and religious congregation.  In Mumford’s words,

Thus even before the city is a place of fixed residence, it begins as a meeting place to which people periodically return: the magnet comes before the container, and this ability to attract non-residents to it for intercourse and spiritual stimulus no less than trade remains one of the essential criteria of the city, a witness to its inherent dynamism… 

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