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Coventry Cathedral, UK
Coventry Cathedral in 2018. Photo from Wikipedia user DeFacto (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the early 1960s, a comedian posing as Sir Basil Spence, the architect behind the reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral after World War II, delivered a mock address at The Establishment in London:

"First of all, of course, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the German people for making this whole project possible in the first place. Second, we owe a debt of gratitude to the people of Coventry itself, who when asked to choose between having a cathedral and having hospitals, schools and houses, plumped immediately (I'm glad to say) for the cathedral, recognizing, I think, the need of any community to have a place where the whole community can gather together and pray for such things as hospitals, schools and houses."

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