Fearing Their Symbols

Razed the garden, profaned the chalices and the altars…

Trellick Tower, Golborne Road, Kensington & Chelsea, W10

…by horse the Huns broke into the Monastic library and they tore the incomprehensible books and they vituperated them and they burnt them…

Windmill Lane, Dublin, Dublin 2

…fearing their symbols and characters might be concealing secret blasphemies against their God…

Leake Street, Waterloo, Lambeth, SE1

…who was an iron scimitar.

Robin Hood Gardens, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, E14

From Jorge Luis Borges’ The Theologians (1947)

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