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Sacred Architecture: Symbolic Form and Ornament Traditions of East and West Models of the Cosmos
Caroline Humphrey (au); Piers Vitebsky (au)
This book is a vivid, richly illustrated exploration of the symbolism & significance of sacred architectural forms -- from spires & minarets to pyramids & temples -- & of how different cultures translate their complex beliefs into physical structures. Explains the links between cosmologies & the construction of buildings, & describe the activities of worship, sacrifice & performance within sacred spaces. Shows a representative selection of the world’s most fascinating sacred buildings, from prehistoric stone circles & Buddhist temples to European cathedrals & New Guinea meeting-houses. Explains the construction techniques behind sacred architecture & analyzes essential forms such as arches, vaults & domes. Hundreds of color photos.
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