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April 2011
Charles Bridge and Saint Basil's Cathedral
Bruce 20 IV 11

Built in the late 14th century, the Charles Bridge sits at the heart of Prague, linking the old city on one bank to Prague Castle overlooking the other. As it was the only crossing of the Vltava river for long distances in either direction, it was a vital connection for trade, travel and even the site of a battle during the Thirty Years War. Today it is reserved for foot traffic only, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike to walk along, looking at the river, the castle, and the thirty statues lining the walkway. Saint Basil's Cathedral is another instantly recognizable national landmark, this one sitting in the heart of Moscow, built in the mid 16th century. The completely unique design features a central sanctuary surrounded by eight smaller chapels, each topped by a colorful onion-shaped dome. After the Russian Revolution the state took over this, as with many other religious institutions, and still today Saint Basil's serves as a museum rather than an active church.

These two amazing MOCs were built by Schneider Cheung, whom most AFOLs would recognize as Schfio or Schfio_factory, the nicknames he uses online. Schfio lives in Hong Kong, where he is a member of HKLUG, Legend Bricks and He recently gathered with other AFOLs to create an amazingly cool public LEGO Exhibition in Taikoo City Plaza, Hong Kong. It will be up for another week, so, if you're anywhere nearby, be sure to check this out. For those who can't visit in person, these and all of Schfio's other MOCs can be found on Flickr, MOCpages and Brickshelf.

Weekly Set Review: Church
Ben E. 10 IV 11

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 309/1309 Church.

The set was produced in several versions between 1957 and 1962. There are three varieties of printed bricks including "AD 1762" in blue and "1762" and "Anno 1762" in black.

Large bricks without tubes (2x3, 2x4, and 2x8) are found in some copies of the 1309 version produced in 1957. The rare flat pine tree is only found in this set and tree accessory packs.

The church features an entrance tower, nave with tall windows, and curved narthex. It includes common features of Danish churches such as dates on the front tower, a whitewashed exterior, red tile roof, and stepped gable parapet walls. These features were often Renaissance modifications of existing medieval churches.

LEGO Castle? No, there's not an app for that. (April fools)
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Connect with other LEGO Castle enthusiasts with this new social networking app. Features include a discussion forum, chat room, regular news about LEGO, information about LEGO Castle sets, and regular features of amazing LEGO creations. Download now from the iTunes store. A version for Android is under development and will be released shortly.
Hey guys, we just wanted to let all of you know about our newest move - Classic-Castle is going mobile! See our official announcement, above. Now you can reach all of the content you already know and love via your phone or other mobile device. For now it will be free, but eventually we'll charge a small amount for the app download to help offset the cost of running the CCC and other contests. We just wanted to let our current community members all know so you could get in without having to pay anything.

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