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Basilica of St. Francis & St. Flora




Middle Tenne: Basilica of St. Francis & St. Flora

To avoid confusion, the coronation church for Schulminion monarchs is the tiny, ancient Church of St. Francis and St. Flora, located in the heart of the old capital city of Wirt, on the island of Schulmanicus. So, what we will see here is something brand new, and much, much bigger. The Basilica of St. Francis and St. Flora is the largest religious structure in the nation and serves as a focal point for pilgrimages and religious activities in the rapidly expanding Tenne area of Schulmania. The massive, majestic new structure is located on an island in a Tenne River lake whose shoreline is designated as an archbishopric and administered by religious officials in the adjacent city of Franciflorianopolis.

The massive edifice dominates the small island, which is accessible only by boat, and is accompanied by several small support structures. The orientation of the basilica itself has the front facing the front of the saints’ residential compound across the water. The design for the church comes from a team of monks headed by Schulmanopheus of Temple Terrace and Theomeowric of New Atkinos. The cost was entirely paid for by donations from the faithful and surplus donations were used for scholarships to the nearby monastic school in Franciflorianopolis.

Now, to tour the island and its magnificent centerpiece, the Basilica of St, Francis and St. Flora.


We arrive on Franciflora Island as the port by ferry from Franciflorianopolis


Due to the isolated location of the basilica, the thoughtful monks have built an accommodations building for worshipper and pilgrims. The structure offers free rooms for those staying overnight on the island.


The monks also operate other support facilities for the pious travelers. They could not think of everything, though… they were unable to design diagonal or curved functional pedmall tiles. But after all, who doesn’t like right angles?!


The small support services area is on the southern tip of the island, just across the lake from the residence of St. Francis and St. Flora


Here is our first glimpse of the majestic basilica


And here’s the whole island. Now we can see just how massive the structure is.


A rear view, highlighting the stunning stone architecture of the building


From the side, one can appreciate the massive vaulted roof and soaring towers


The entry is stunning



As is typical in Schulminion construction, nature is always nearby



A different view of the basilica




As you can imagine, this church has the highest number of flying buttresses in Schulmania


The soaring towers can be seen from miles away


Entrances feature elaborate carved stone by artisans from across the nation



The towers are names after the patron saints. The one on the left of the main entry is St. Francis Tower and the right is St. Flora


The massive, soaring façade is the largest structure of any kind in the Middle Tenne area and became iconic even as construction was finishing



In case you were wondering what type of fish you can catch whilst on the island, it is the holy mackerel


“Holy Mackerel”?! Lame, yes. But, it was so easy I just HAD to do it!





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Holy mackerel! I'll bet fishing for that is restricted to protect their numbers, and the price is high and the taste is divine. Holy Toledo, what a catch that would be.

Also, is that now the tallest building (besides the Basilica) in Schulmania, that hotel near the ferry?

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Another fine update! I have to say I really love those two late mide-evil early renaissance columns that remind me of the two I saw at the edge of the Palazzo de San Marco in Venice! Where did you get them?!

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The chuch on an Island is like mont Saint Michel in france


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Holy mackerel, that was an awesome update! :D

Also, how long did it take to build that basilica? I don't think there's a stone quarry on the island, and it would take a long time to ferry all that stone over to the island (not to mention other building materiels, as well as the workers).

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[b]NMUSpidey[/b] Indeed! The taste is divine but there’s something fishy about the smell! Anywho, it is among the tallest structures in the nation. I’ll bet its only rivals are either in Friendsville or the ancient Smightower.

[b]10000000000000[/b] Matthew was right… the taste is divine!

[b]Benedict[/b] Thanks! I have waited a long time to do this one.

[b]LastTrueChamp[/b] Thanks! I am glad you like it. I am a Gothic fan too.

[b]Zagahlo[/b] Nope. It must be noon. Welcome to Schulmania!

[b]Dafiden[/b] Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed this.

[b]JCmustng81[/b] Thanks for asking, and welcome to Schulmania. These are actually from Budapest (Column of Heroes)and on the STEX.

[b]MODERNMAN74[/b] Thank you! I am glad you liked it. Welcome to Schulmania.

[b]Escilnavia[/b] [i]Obrigado![/i] Glad you like it!

[b]TowerDude[/b] Indeed! I can certainly see a similarity here.

[b]Emperordaniel[/b] Thank you! I am glad you like it. Gotta say I am glad I was not in charge of building this one!

[b]Usfighter15[/b] Thanks! [insert blush here]

[b]Kraboomjing[/b] Thanks! Right cathedral, but it is in Germany. :) And welcome to Schulmania!

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