My Old Acquaintance, The Unimaginable

Cologne Cathedral Photo by Rockvet.

Whenever I see the façade of the Cathedral of Cologne, in the depths of my soul I perceive the encounter of two seemingly contradictory impressions.

On one hand, it is a reality so beautiful that, if I didn’t know it [personally], I wouldn’t be capable of dreaming of it.

But, on the other hand, something within me says that this cathedral really should exist!

And at the same time, to me that unimaginable façade is, paradoxically, an old acquaintance…


Fairness symbolizes goodness, and true beauty symbolizes the good. In this manner, true art symbolizes morals.

Complete knowledge is at a kind of summit, at the base of which are symbolical, artistic, and abstract knowledge.

O Universo é uma Catedral: Excertos do pensamento de Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira recolhidos por Leo Daniele, Edições Brasil de Amanhã, São Paulo, 1997.