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Le Mystère des Cathédrales

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In 1926 the fabled alchemist Fulcanelli left his remarkable manuscript concerning the Hermetic Study of Gothic Cathedral Construction with a student. He than disappeared. The book decodes the symbology found upon and within the Gothic Cathedrals of Europe which have openly displayed the secrets of alchemy for 700 years.
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by Brotherhood of Life (first published 1926)
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Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first time I saw this book was on the shelves of my university friend, long long long ago. Recently, because of my research on Alchemical Putrefaction, I decided to take it up again in the original french (not easy reading for someone who is not a native speaker).

What can I say?

First that, unlike most Fulcanellians, I like more the second volume, Les Demeures Philosophales.

Second, that, no matter what one's opinion might be on the man and his works, this book is an absolute must for all l
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The most important Hermetic book of the Twentieth Century.
Svetlana Meritt
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If ever I read a book written by an Adept, this is the one. The mysterious Fulcanelli, who lived in the first half of the 20th century, has not left almost any trace behind him...except rumors and astonishing feats- of a Master alchemist. Even though it's titled "The Mystery of Gothic Cathedrals", this book is actually one the most detailed alchemical manuals. It's a fascinating read for those who know how to read... ...more
Lucas Corso
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"¡Qué profundo tema de meditación nos ofrece la ancestral Idea Hermética, en su armonía y unidad!"

"Recordemos que sólo los trucos de los falsos y codiciosos alquimistas, las prácticas insensatas de los charlatanes y la inepcia de los escritores ignaros y sin escrúpulos, han arrojado descrédito sobre la verdad hermética. Es preciso ver claro y decir bien; ni una sola palabra que no haya sido pensada, ni un
Laura L. Van Dam
I read this book when I was 12 years old to pass the time at my aunt´s house. Didn´t understand a single word of it. I remember it being particularly obscure and dense, but strangely fascinating.
With a recently renewed interest in these topics, I will try to locate this book in my aunt´s library to reread and give an honest, more substantious review. I bet she hasn´t moved the book from its place in the last 30 years (she is seriously OCD and I have a photographic memory)
Cat PB
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most difficult books to read, because it needs to be studied in detail and with patience ~ I recommend reading this with another alchemist book for dummies, because there are a lot of terms that require search, dictionary and interest ~ tough subject but you learn so much that you want to keep going! To all the people who are thinking of learning something new, this way please!!!
Octavio Sánchez
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is some much history inside of cathedral, specially freemasonry details around each building specially in Europe where is documented this book, I liked because describe and compare buildings with emphasis in freemasonry culture.
Todd Decker
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh, just a little tour of some French architectural adornments.
Michael Neal
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book seems to me to be a introduction to the language used - and how it is used - by some alchemists to convey their secrets.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
una descripcion sorprendente en especial de notre-dame en paris, ir leyendo y observando cada detalle en vivo es un viaje al mundo del simbolismo y la geometria sagrada!!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: esoterismo
Insieme alle Dimore Filosofali, è considerato la bibbia dell'alchimia moderna. Anche qui il Fulcanelli (o chi si celava dietro questo nome) traccia un quadro illuminante analizzando sotto una luce completamente diversa icone, sculture e bassorilievi di alcune famose cattedrali gotiche in Francia. Come per le Dimore Filosofali, anche qui naturalmente la possibilità di comprendere tutto quello che l'autore ci rivela tra le righe è demandato alla conoscenza previa di determinate chiavi di lettura o ...more
William Lozano-Rivas
No creo que pueda decirse algo más de la obra cumbre del hermetismo alquímico. Este libro es la invitación generosa a asomarse por una pequeña ventana por donde se logran apreciar los elementos del "arte goético" que te susurran y te invitan a oír el "verbum dimissum"... Para que logres saber, poder, atreverte y callar. ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why this is supposed to be so interesting.
Jesús Cardeña Morales
Tres estrellas porque toca temas de la escultura gótica en las principales catedrales francesas y, como historiador del Arte que soy, es un tema a apreciar pero... buf, hay mucho escondido en este libro. Antes de empezarlo a leer hay que prevenir que, me da la sensación, aunque no se expresa del todo, de que es un libro escrito por y para una secta secreta (temas de Alquimia, Illuminati, etc...); con lo cual el autor siempre está diciendo: "estoy intentando describir todo lo que puedo, pero si l ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books about mystery and this book you can find many details how many religions people built churches, cathedrals,mosque and many sacred places around the world.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intenso, ma a tratti ancora incomprensibile. Purtroppo!
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