A chapel that won’t be assaulted

With their towering stone walls, crenelated turrets, and ornate decoration, medieval churches could almost be seen as castles–an idea helped in no small part by the frequency of medieval clergy acting like their secular counterparts. So whether this structure by KevinyWu belongs to the church or the state, the Fortress of St. Jocosa certainly prepared for what the world may throw at it. The fortress’ foundations are a nice bit of rockwork, giving a great feeling of a tiny castle perched upon a lonely rock, and the winding path leading to it, while using simple techniques of stacked dark tan plates, cuts a striking line through the scenery.

Fortress of St. Jocosa

The centerpiece of this walled structure is, of course, the chapel. Here the 1×1 pyramid slope do duty as heavy ornate embellishments on the doors that simultaneously fit the medieval church style while also looking fittingly defensive.

Fortress of St. Jocosa

KevinyWu has created a full interior for each the buildings, and the chapel’s tiny interior feels realistically cramped. It also features a great use of the stained-glass window pane element, which is cleverly worked in without employing its frame.

Fortress of St. Jocosa

The cross-shaped archer loopholes that speckle the walls are wonderfully made with 1- and 2-wide “cheese slopes,” and the details inside the turrets tell us just some of the reasons this place was worth defending.

Fortress of St. Jocosa

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