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Most popular Religious buildings books

The most popular Religious buildings books currently available. Updated weekly.
50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of Great Britain
An inspiring tour of the highlights of the most-loved churches, abbeys and cathedrals of the United Kingdom.
Art of Looking Up
Peterborough Cathedral: A Glimpse of Heaven
An account of the history of Peterborough Cathedral - one of England's finest surviving Norman buildings - and its preserved art and architecture.
Ships Of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain's Cathedrals
We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows, the impact of the Black Death, the Reformation and icon-smashing Puritanism, the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars.
Westminster Abbey - A Church in History
A comprehensive and authoritative history that explores the significance of one of the most famous buildings and institutions in England
Gothic Cathedral: The Architecture of the Great Church 1130-1530
Looks at the interaction between design and the requirements of patrons, follows the creative processes of architects, and discusses chronology, structural techniques, and stylistic developments.
King's Cathedral: The ancient heart of Christ Church, Oxford
Stone on Stone: The Men Who Built The Cathedrals
Brunelleschi's Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence
His life was one of ambition, ingenuity, rivalry and intrigue - a human drama set against the plagues, wars, political feuds and intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence, the glorious era for which the dome remains the most compelling symbol.
50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals
The most awe-inspiring churches and cathedrals from around the world
100 Churches 100 Years
This book features 100 churches built since 1914, showing the development of modern church architecture in Britain. From Spence's Coventry Cathedral to Giles Gilbert Scott's Liverpool Cathedral and featuring churches, mosques and synagogues. Architects include George Pace, Eric Gill and Frederick Gibberd.
Religious Architecture: Anthropological Perspectives
This essential work views the place of religious architecture, including mosques, churches, temples and synagogues, in modern society.
Tiny Churches
A handpicked selection of Britain's most interesting diminutive churches written in an amusing, accessible style to appeal to modern readers.
Rosslyn Chapel Decoded
In the 15th century a new home was built for the priceless holy relics taken from Jerusalem centuries before - a building that, to the initiated, would explain everything about what had gone before and a structure that would be a recreation of the Herodian Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem. This is Rosslyn Chapel and here are its secrets.
Angel Roofs of East Anglia: Unseen Masterpieces of the Middle Ages
A masterly historical and photographic exploration of a much neglected form of English figurative sculpture, the angel roofs that still adorn many of the late medieval churches of East Anglia.
Notre-Dame de Paris: The Eternal Cathedral
With over 100 full-colour pictures and expert-written text, visit Notre Dame de Paris from the comfort of your own home and learn all its secrets.
Buddhist Temples of Thailand: A visual journey through Thailand's 42 most historic wats
The first illustrated title to cover the key temples in all of Thailand's regions
Historic English Churches: A Guide to Their Construction, Design and Features
Geoffrey R. Sharpe brings more that forty years of experience of managing and caring for historic buildings to provide a unique guide to the design and construction of our historic churches and cathedrals.
Unlocking the Church: The lost secrets of Victorian sacred space
Unlocking the Church is the story of a revolution. The Victorians transformed how churches were understood, experienced, and built. Initially controversial, this revolution was so successful, that it has now been forgotten. Yet it still shapes our experience of church buildings and also helps make sense of what we should do with them now.
How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England
Great East Window of York Minster: An English Masterpiece
How to Read Churches: a crash course in ecclesiastical architecture
This handy, easy-to-carry book will providethe reader with a strictly visual approach to reading the architecture of thechurch.
Churches: An Architectural Guide
Greyfriars Graveyard
Explore the story of Greyfriars Graveyard, Edinburgh's most important burial ground since the 16th century.
Sarah Losh, strong-willed and passionate, an architect and an intellectual who dumbfounded critics with her genius and originality. Born into an old Cumbrian family, heiress to an industrial fortune, Sarah combined a zest for progress with a love of the past.
England's Thousand Best Churches
The author has travelled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Organised by county, each church is described - often with delightful asides - and given a star-rating from one to five. In this title, he contends that these churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in the world.
Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia: A Guide to the Remote Churches of an Ancient Land
With chapters exploring the important religious themes and historical events in Ethiopian Christianity, and with an introduction by Richard Pankhurst, the result is a book that will transform the appreciation of these hidden splendours and add a new dimension to their understanding for traveller and scholar alike.
Guide to Norfolk Churches: Third Revised and Enlarged Edition
A new and expanded edition of the authoritative illustrated guide to medieval churches in Norfolk, including a glossary of historical and architectural terms.
English Cathedrals: England'S Magnificent Cathedrals and Abbeys
A handy guide to England's most famous cathedrals and abbeys. Includes an eight-page map section showing the locations of cathedrals covered in the book.
1,000 Years of Scottish Churches: Churches from before the Reformation to 1700
Sacred Ground: The Cemeteries of New Orleans
Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories
Between 1650 and 1750, four Catholic churches were the best solar observatories in the world. This book tells how these observatories came to be, how they worked, and what they accomplished, providing a magnificent corrective to long-standing oversimplified accounts of the hostility between science and religion.
20 Sussex Churches
Churches of the Marches
A fascinating insight into the historic churches of Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India
This volume examines the multifarious dimensions that constitute the workings of the Hindu temple as an architectural and urban built form.
Norwich in 50 Buildings
Explores the rich and fascinating history of the city of Norwich through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.
Pantheon: Design, Meaning, and Progeny, With a New Foreword by John Pinto, Second Edition
In this richly illustrated book, MacDonald analyzes the original design and construction of one of the grand architectural statements of all ages, discusses the technology that made it possible, and explores its metaphorical meaning.
Nicholas Hawksmoor: London Churches
- Impressive black-and-white photographs by Helene Binet document the beauty of Hawksmoor's churches - Published on the occasion of the exhibition of Helene Binet's photographs at the 13th International Architecture exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2012
Old Rectory: The Story of the English Parsonage
Power of Symbols: The Alhambra in a Global Perspective
This volume intends to foster a re-interpretation of the Nasrid architecture of the Alhambra in Granada and its post-Islamic appropriation and global diffusion.
Sussex: West
Birmingham: Pevsner City Guide
A connecting theme is provided by the local Arts and Crafts school, which flourished well into the twentieth century. A narrative introduction sets the buildings in context.
Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral
The first single volume work in 30 years on the architecture of Canterbury Cathedral.
Yoga and Spiritual Retreats: Relaxing Spaces to Find Oneself
Modern life is marred by hectic pace, stress and negative environmental influences. Places to get away from the routine, where body and soul can find harmony again, and feel good with oneself are sought out more and more. This volume presents buildings and spaces devoted to contemplation, meditation, regeneration and the enjoyment of quietude.
Norwich Cathedral Close: The Evolution of the English Cathedral Landscape
Changes in the layout of the cathedral and its close traced over 600 years, using Norwich as a case-study.
Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial
This book investigates the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials.
Temptation of Graves in Salafi Islam: Iconoclasm, Destruction and Idolatry
This book explains the current destruction of graves in the Islamic world and traces the ideological sources of iconoclasm in their historical perspective, from medieval theological and legal debates to contemporary Islamist movements including ISIS.
Mosques: Splendors of Islam
One of the most important and authoritative books to celebrate mosque architecture and Islamic design, featuring many new photographs commissioned for this volume.
Crossing the Threshold: Architecture, Iconography and the Sacred Entrance
Presents a highly illustrated discourse on the symbolism and role of recessed entranceways in religious and other public buildings from the Neolithic to the present time