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Cosmo-Magical Order

Regular “grid-iron” layout was not originally designed for practical purposes

Cities like Teotihuacan, Roman colonies, and China’s Forbidden City were aligned with the cardinal directions (axially) in an attempt to make them eternal and powerful

The city, especially the citadel, was believed to be the center of the universe; its axiality demonstrated that idea visually

Early cities show extensive evidence of sacred places in the form of shrines, temples, etc.

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