The chutzpah of these people who imagined that THEY knew better than a thousand years of church history. . . .
Not all newer attempts that are outside the box turn out to miss the mark. Take a look at Thorne Crown outside Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas at http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2764753780015621458nmqFkl
Come on, the French couldn’t even get the towers to match on the first of your good examples. At least the Germans can make them look the same: http://www.koelner-dom.de/