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"Have these fine, serious buildings repaired. Have them repaired with care, with intelligence, with sobriety. You have around you men of science and taste who will enlighten you in this work. The architect-restorer must be frugal in his own imagination; he must study curiously the character of each building, according to each century and each climate. Let him penetrate the general line and the particular line of the monument that is placed in his hands; and let him know how to skilfully weld his genius to the genius of the ancient architect. »

Victor Hugo, Guerre aux démolisseurs, 1825

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