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Salisbury Cathedral Guidebook (Paperback, UK ed.): Pitkin Salisbury Cathedral Guidebook (Paperback, UK ed.)
Pitkin
R173 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Salisbury Cathedral - English edition

Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, German edition): Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, German edition)
R147 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R33 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Salisbury Cathedral - German edition

Cathedral Architecture (Staple bound, New edition): Martin S. Briggs Cathedral Architecture (Staple bound, New edition)
Martin S. Briggs; Volume editing by Jenni Davis
R168 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A classic Pitkin Guide which looks at the architecture of cathedrals through the ages. All students of architecture, history and religion will find this book absorbing, which is equally useful for visitors and tourists. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

A History of the Diocese of Charleston - State of Grace (Paperback): Pamela Smith Sscm Phd A History of the Diocese of Charleston - State of Grace (Paperback)
Pamela Smith Sscm Phd
R640 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tiny Churches (Paperback): Dixe Wills Tiny Churches (Paperback)
Dixe Wills 1
R389 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R124 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

BBC Countryfile Magazine praised Dixe Wills for writing `intelligently and amusingly, with evident excitement and imagination', qualities that he brings to Tiny Churches. Beautifully presented in full colour throughout, the book uncovers 60 of the loveliest and most diminutive places of worship in Britain, many of which are known only to locals. Each church is so tiny that fewer than 50 people could fit comfortably inside, each is open to the public and many boast fabulous wall paintings, stained glass and artworks as well as fascinating histories. Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitudes, tiny churches are the great survivors of the world. Still standing after centuries of religious unrest and the meddling of the Victorian `church improvers', they live on in this most irreligious of centuries, scattered all over Britain. Each entry features information on how and when to visit the church, a concise round-up of its history and details of any must-see architectural features.

Portsmouth in 50 Buildings (Paperback): Garth Groombridge Portsmouth in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
Garth Groombridge
R417 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The origins of Chichester, Winchester and nearby Portchester are from the Roman era, while Southampton (Hamwic) and Fareham date back to the Anglo-Saxon period, but it was not until the twelfth century that Portsmouth was founded, and, even then, it was not until the time of the Tudor monarchs - notably Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - that it acquired its true role as the home of the Royal Navy. The history of Portsmouth has been essentially military, and inevitably many of the buildings featured here reflect this - directly, as fortifications or former barracks, or indirectly, like Buckingham House or even the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum. This primary emphasis on defence shaped the town's early history and civic geography. Only with the demise and demolition of the land walls and the loosening of military governance did Portsmouth start to expand, first with the development of Southsea, eventually right across the entirety of Portsea Island and onto the mainland itself. The consequence is a rich and varied architectural and civic history, and a dramatis personae of heroes and villains, cutting-edge military and civic engineers, ambitious property developers and entrepreneurs, a succession of far-sighted local educationists, motivated Catholic and Anglican clergy, at least two of the five world-famous writers, a great maritime artist, innovative architects and town planners, and a twenty-first-century Olympic sportsman. With Portsmouth being at the very heart of the nation's history for over half a millennia, this book has the difficult task of selecting just fifty buildings from so many, to try and chronicle the astonishing diversity and energy of this great enduring city.

Worship Space Acoustics - 3 Decades of Design (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): David T Bradley, Erica E Ryherd, Lauren M Ronsse Worship Space Acoustics - 3 Decades of Design (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
David T Bradley, Erica E Ryherd, Lauren M Ronsse
R1,021 R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Save R65 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design is a beautiful collection of recent work. This is a comprehensive compendium that far surpasses previous publications in the field in its depth, design, and information. Worship spaces of all major U.S. religions are covered. This book should be an obligatory reference for any consultant involved in church architecture and acoustics." -Mendel Kleiner, author of Worship Space Acoustics, Acoustics: Information and Communication Series (J. Ross Publishing 2010) "All involved in their design will appreciate this presentation of recent rooms for religious worship." -Leo L. Beranek, author of Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics, and Architecture (Springer-Verlag 2004) "Through descriptions, photos, drawings, and acoustical data, this book provides valuable information on existing worship spaces designed during the past thirty years. This very well-edited book, including the Editors' Preface and six excellent essays from key people involved in worship space design, provides valuable information and ideas on the aesthetic, acoustic, and liturgical design of worship spaces for a number of faiths and in several countries." -Robert Coffeen, principle at R. C. Coffeen, Consultant in Acoustics LLC, Lawrence, Kansas This book takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour through churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worship spaces designed during the past 30 years. The book begins with a series of essays on topics ranging from the soundscape of worship spaces to ecclesiastical design at the turn of the 21st Century. Perspective pieces from an architect, audio designer, music director, and worship space owner are also included. The core of the book presents the acoustical and architectural design of a wide variety of individual worship space venues. Acoustical consulting firms, architects, and worship space designers from across the world contributed their recent innovative works in the area of worship space acoustics. The contributions include detailed renderings and architectural drawings, as well as informative acoustic data graphs and evocative descriptions of the spaces. Filled with beautiful photography and fascinating modern design, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in religious architecture, acoustical design, or musical performance.

The Genius in the Design - Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome (Paperback): Jake Morrissey The Genius in the Design - Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome (Paperback)
Jake Morrissey
R374 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The rivalry between the brilliant seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is the stuff of legend. Enormously talented and ambitious artists, they met as contemporaries in the building yards of St. Peter's in Rome, became the greatest architects of their era by designing some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and ended their lives as bitter enemies. Engrossing and impeccably researched, full of dramatic tension and breathtaking insight, "The Genius in the Design" is the remarkable tale of how two extraordinary visionaries schemed and maneuvered to get the better of each other and, in the process, created the spectacular Roman cityscape of today.

111 Churches in London That You Shouldn't Miss (Paperback): ,Emma,Rose Barber 111 Churches in London That You Shouldn't Miss (Paperback)
,Emma,Rose Barber; Photographs by Benedict Flett
R366 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

111 Churches in London That You Shouldn't Miss takes you through the doors of 111 rarely visited churches, but which, with the help of this informative guide are now on the map! With their spires, towers, columns and capitals, vaults and arches, carvings and paintings, London churches tell us a lot about its architecture and its history. And with their beautifully carved fonts, pulpits, carvings, mosaics and decorative objects, they show you centuries of skill and labour that went into making these buildings for which the main objectives were majesty, endurance and posterity. Following the little black crosses on her mini A to Z, Londoner Emma Rose Barber takes you to a ultra-modern church made in the Brutalist style, to a church once so dark, and now so light, a bombed church, now hollowed out, containing the most romantic garden in London, to churches where you can sip coffee in the aisles and nave...

Islamic Architecture of Deccan India (Hardcover): George Michell, Helen Philon Islamic Architecture of Deccan India (Hardcover)
George Michell, Helen Philon; Photographs by Antonio Martinelli
R1,684 R1,306 Discovery Miles 13 060 Save R378 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The buildings erected in the Deccan region of India belonged to a number of pre-Mughal kingdoms that reigned in the Deccan from the middle of the 14th century onwards. The monuments testify to a culture where local and imported ideas, vernacular and pan-Islamic traditions fused and re-interpreted, to create a majestic architectural heritage with exceptional buildings on the edge of the Islamic world. Many are still standing - yet outside this region of peninsular India, they remain largely unknown. General publications on Indian Islamic architecture usually devote a single chapter to the Deccan. Even specialist monographs can only cover a portion of the region, due to the sheer number of sites. While it is impossible to encompass the full breadth of the subject in a single volume, this book aims to embrace the visual diversity of the Deccan without sacrificing the rigour of academic study. Structures of historical or architectural significance are placed in their context, as the authors discuss building typologies, civic facilities and ornamental techniques, from plaster and carved stone to glazed tiles and mural painting. A chapter is dedicated to each principal Deccan site, interweaving the rise and fall of these cities with a pictorial journey through their ruins, and each building is accompanied by an overhead plan view.

Notre-Dame - A Short History Of The Meaning Of Cathedrals (Hardcover): Ken Follett Notre-Dame - A Short History Of The Meaning Of Cathedrals (Hardcover)
Ken Follett; Read by Ken Follett 1
R210 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

‘Two days after Notre Dame burned, I flew to Paris to appear on the TV programme La Grande Librairie for a discussion about cathedrals. The following morning I had breakfast at the Hotel Bristol with my French publisher and she asked me to write a short book about Notre Dame and what it means to all of us. She said she would donate the publisher’s profits to the rebuilding fund and, if I wished, I could do the same with my royalties. Yes, I said; of course, I’d love to.’ - Ken Follett

Born of his admiration for an an iconic cathedral and how it has influenced his own work, this short book about Notre Dame’s history is Ken Follett’s contribution to the fund created to help rebuild it, a fund that will increase with every sale that is made of the book.

100 Churches 100 Years (Hardcover): Twentieth Century Society 100 Churches 100 Years (Hardcover)
Twentieth Century Society 1
R729 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R215 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following on from 100 Buildings 100 Years and 100 Houses 100 Years, this book illustrates and describes 100 churches and chapels built in the UK since 1914, charting the development of buildings for worship. In this period concrete and steel gave a new freedom to construction, while new ideas about how congregations could participate in services changed assumptions about traditional layouts, bringing celebrants and people closer together. The century saw dynamic churches in dramatic shapes of all sizes thanks to ambitious engineering, and brilliant colour from new forms of stained glass, murals and sculpture. Architects whose work is included here range from Basil Spence and Edward Maufe, designers of major cathedrals, to the radical Gillespie, Kidd and Coia whose brutalist seminary lies abandoned near Dumbarton. The book provides biographies of major designers; articles on glass, fittings, and on the synagogues, mosques and temples that play an intrinsic and important part in worship in Britain today. Contributors include architectural historians Elain Harwood, Alan Powers and Clare Price. Beautiful photography throughout showcases the very best of British church design, whether it is the minimal symmetry of a timber-framed altar, or light streaming in through a multi-coloured stained glass panel.

Stories in Light - A Guide to the Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame (Paperback): Nancy Cavadini,... Stories in Light - A Guide to the Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame (Paperback)
Nancy Cavadini, Cecilia Davis Cunningham
R553 R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Save R111 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame contains one of the largest collections of late nineteenth-century French stained glass outside of France. The French Gothic-inspired church has forty-four large stained glass windows containing two hundred and twenty scenes. Today, more than 100,000 visitors tour the basilica each year to admire its architecture or participate in the beautiful liturgies. Honoring both the Sacred Heart and the Virgin Mary, the vibrant windows have, for more than a century, drawn visitors and worshippers alike into a conversation with the art and faith found in the windows. This informative and conveniently sized guidebook tells the unique story of the windows: the improbable creation of a glassworks by cloistered Carmelite nuns in LeMans, France, and their stained glass that so perfectly illuminated the late nineteenth-century French Catholic spirituality of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who established the University of Notre Dame. The words of Father Edward Sorin, CSC, founder of the university, are featured throughout the text. He saw the basilica and its windows as an avenue for teaching this spirituality. The book describes the windows according to their location in the building, from the narthex at the entrance to the Lady Chapel behind the altar. Full-color photographs provide a detailed view of the scenes found in each window. These photos are accompanied by informed commentary on the historical and theological importance of the windows, the iconography of featured saints, and how they illuminate the work of the Holy Cross to educate both mind and spirit. Stories in Light is an easy-to-read book written for all who visit the basilica, including faculty, students, alumni, and friends and family of Notre Dame, and for readers everywhere who want to know more about the rich history and heritage of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart's stained glass.

Monumental Jesus - Landscapes of Faith and Doubt in Modern America (Hardcover): Margaret M. Grubiak Monumental Jesus - Landscapes of Faith and Doubt in Modern America (Hardcover)
Margaret M. Grubiak
R1,367 Discovery Miles 13 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The American landscape is host to numerous works of religious architecture, sometimes questionable in taste and large, if not titanic, in scale. In her lively study of satire and religious architecture, Margaret Grubiak challenges how we typically view such sites by shifting the focus from believers to doubters, and from producers to consumers. Grubiak considers an array of sacred architectural constructions-from "Touchdown Jesus" at the University of Notre Dame to The Wizard of Oz Mormon temple outside Washington D.C. to the renamed "Gumby Jesus" of the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and how they are confronted by the doubt and dismissiveness articulated by the more skeptical of their viewers. These responses of doubt activate our religious built environment in ways unanticipated but illuminating, asking us, at times forcefully, to consider and clarify what it is we believe. Opening up new avenues of thinking about how people deal with theological questions in the vernacular, Grubiak's book shows how religious doubt is made manifest in the humorous, satirical, blasphemous, and popular culture responses to religious architecture and image in modern America.

Edmund - In Search of England's Lost King (Paperback): Francis Young Edmund - In Search of England's Lost King (Paperback)
Francis Young
R417 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What buried secret lies beneath the stones of one of England's greatest former churches and shrines, the Benedictine Abbey of Bury St Edmunds? The search for the final resting place of King Edmund has led to this site, beneath which Francis Young argues the lost king's remains are waiting to be found. Edmund: In Search of England's Lost King explores the history of the martyred monarch of East Anglia and England's first patron saint, showing how he became a pivotal figure around whom Saxons, Danes and Normans all rallied. Young also examines Edmund's legacy in the centuries since his death at the hands of marauding Vikings in the 9th century. In doing so, this fascinating book points to the imminent rediscovery of the ruler who created England.

Cathedrals of Britain (Paperback): Stephen Platten Cathedrals of Britain (Paperback)
Stephen Platten 1
R293 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R51 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For centuries the great religious buildings of Great Britain have inspired and fascinated pilgrims and visitors from around the world. The beauty and diversity of British ecclesiastical architecture is superbly captured in this guide to over 60 of Britain's finest cathedrals. This definitive guide contains over 130 magnificent colour photographs that capture the enduring appeal of these great monuments to the Christian tradition. Extended entries are included on Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Glasgow Cathedral, St David's Cathedral.

The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250?1800 (Paperback, New Ed): Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250?1800 (Paperback, New Ed)
Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom
R944 Discovery Miles 9 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Virtually all the masterpieces of Islamic art-the Alhambra, the Taj Mahal, and the Tahmasp Shahnama-were produced during the period from the Mongol conquests in the early thirteenth century to the advent of European colonial rule in the nineteenth. This beautiful book surveys the architecture and arts of the traditional Islamic lands during this era. Conceived as a sequel to The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250, by Richard Ettinghausen and Oleg Grabar, the book follows the general format of the first volume, with chronological and regional divisions and architecture treated separately from the other arts. The authors describe over two hundred works of Islamic art of this period and also investigate broader social and economic contexts, considering such topics as function, patronage, and meaning. They discuss, for example, how the universal caliphs of the first six centuries gave way to regional rulers and how, in this new world order, Iranian forms, techniques, and motifs played a dominant role in the artistic life of most of the Muslim world; the one exception was the Maghrib, an area protected from the full brunt of the Mongol invasions, where traditional models continued to inspire artists and patrons. By the sixteenth century, say the authors, the eastern Mediterranean under the Ottomans and the area of northern India under the Mughals had become more powerful, and the Iranian models of early Ottoman and Mughal art gradually gave way to distinct regional and imperial styles. The authors conclude with a provocative essay on the varied legacies of Islamic art in Europe and the Islamic lands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Cathedrals & Abbeys of England (Paperback, 6th Revised edition): Stephen Platten Cathedrals & Abbeys of England (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
Stephen Platten
R239 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R58 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This definitive handbook contains over 130 specially commissioned colour photographs and six maps. It will enable everyone to experience the enduring appeal of those great monuments to the great Christian tradition. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

Matisse: Chapel at Vence (Hardcover, New): Marie-Therese Pulvenis de Seligny Matisse: Chapel at Vence (Hardcover, New)
Marie-Therese Pulvenis de Seligny
R1,066 R841 Discovery Miles 8 410 Save R225 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Considered on of the most important religious structures of the twentieth century, the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence was regarded by Matisse himself as his great masterpiece. He dedicated four years to the creation of this convent chapel on the French Riviera, and the result is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive ensemble pieces of twentieth-century art. Every element of the chapel bears the artists touch, from the vivid Mediterranean hues of the stained glass windows to the starkly powerful murals; even the vestments and altar were designed by Matisse. This beautifully illustrated volume captures the chapel in exquisite detail, allowing an unparalleled view of this iconic and sacred space. With stunning new photography that captures the dramatic effects of the changing light in the building throughout the day, this book is the first to present the experience of being within the chapel exactly as Matisse himself envisaged it, while Marie-Therese Pulvenis de Selignys authoritative and insightful text explores the extraordinary story of the chapels creation and the challenges faced by the 77-year-old artist in realising his great vision."

The Temple of Peace in Rome 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover): Pier Luigi Tucci The Temple of Peace in Rome 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover)
Pier Luigi Tucci
R5,110 Discovery Miles 51 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this magisterial two-volume book, Pier Luigi Tucci offers a comprehensive examination of one of the key complexes of Ancient Rome, the Temple of Peace. Based on archival research and an architectural survey, his research sheds new light on the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque transformations of the basilica, and the later restorations of the complex. Volume 1 focuses on the foundation of the complex under Vespasian until its restoration under Septimius Severus and challenges the accepted views about the ancient building. Volume 2 begins with the remodelling of the library hall and the construction of the rotunda complex, and examines the dedication of the Christian Basilica of SS Cosmas and Damian. Of interest to scholars in a range of topics, The Temple of Peace in Rome crosses the boundaries between classics, archaeology, history of architecture, and art history, through Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period.

English Cathedrals - England'S Magnificent Cathedrals and Abbeys (Paperback, Edition): Historic Uk, Collins Books English Cathedrals - England'S Magnificent Cathedrals and Abbeys (Paperback, Edition)
Historic Uk, Collins Books 1
R200 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R50 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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. Historical background and architectural details for each of the cathedrals, accompanied by beautiful colour photographs. Includes the major sites of world famous St Paul's Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral, home to the leader of the Church of England, and details of location, websites and opening times. * A concise guide to English cathedrals in an accessible format. * Of interest to English, local and architectural historians, visitors to England and the English themselves.

The Knights Hospitaller in Great Britain in 1540 - A Survey of the Houses and Churches etc of St John of Jerusalem including... The Knights Hospitaller in Great Britain in 1540 - A Survey of the Houses and Churches etc of St John of Jerusalem including those earlier belonging to the Knights Templar (Paperback, 2nd Illustrated edition)
Michael Hodges
R553 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R199 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Durham Cathedral - History, Fabric, and Culture (Hardcover): David Brown Durham Cathedral - History, Fabric, and Culture (Hardcover)
David Brown
R2,217 R2,020 Discovery Miles 20 200 Save R197 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For over a millennium, Durham has occupied a central place in English religious history, with its Norman rebuilding (1093-1133) marking it as an internationally significant masterpiece in the history of architecture. Its setting, perched on a peninsula formed by a bend in the River Wear, adds to the visual drama of the building. This monumental volume offers a comprehensive account, with contributions by a team of 30 experts, on the founding, development, building, and decoration of this magnificent and important edifice. The accessible essays gathered here approach Durham Cathedral from a wide variety of fields and vantage points, including liturgy, music, stained-glass decoration, and book collecting. Lavishly illustrated, the book includes both archival and new photography, and reproductions of representations in all media of the cathedral throughout history. Taken together, this landmark publication is a celebration of Durham Cathedral's enormous historical, spiritual, cultural, and architectural significance.

Le Corbusier: The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp (Hardcover): Maria Antonietta Crippa, Francoise Causse Le Corbusier: The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp (Hardcover)
Maria Antonietta Crippa, Francoise Causse
R1,413 R1,088 Discovery Miles 10 880 Save R325 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Le Corbusiers Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, eastern France, is one of the most unique and surprising religious buildings of the twentieth century. Replacing an earlier church that had been destroyed in the Second World War, a church that itself had been built on the site of a fourth-century Christian chapel, Le Corbusier transformed an ancient pilgrimage site into a dramatic work of modern art. In this insightful and beautifully illustrated volume, Maria Antonietta Crippa and Francoise Causse explore the particular set of circumstances that led one of the last centurys most famous exponents of urbanism to create an ethereal space of worship on a remote hill in the French countryside. As well as putting the chapel into its historical context and exploring the controversies and arguments that have surrounded it, the book, part of a series which began with Matisse: The Chapel at Vence (RA Publications, 2013), features stunning new photographs that capture the genius of Le Corbusiers design.

St Peter's, Cardross - Birth, Death and Renewal (Hardcover): Diane Watters St Peter's, Cardross - Birth, Death and Renewal (Hardcover)
Diane Watters; Contributions by Angus Farquhar
R947 R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Save R52 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ruin of St Peter's College has sat on a wooded hilltop above the village of Cardross for more than three decades. Over that time, with altars crumbling, graffiti snaking across its walls and nature reclaiming its concrete, it has gained a mythical, cult-like status among architects, preservationists and artists.St Peter's only fulfilled its original role as a seminary for 14 years, from 1966 to 1979. As its uncompromising design gave way to prolonged construction and problematic upkeep, the Catholic Church reassessed the role of seminaries, resolving to embed trainee priests not in seclusion, but in communities. Although briefly repurposed as a drug rehabilitation centre, the building was soon abandoned to decay and vandalism. Ever since, people have argued and puzzled over the future and importance of St Peter's. It has been called both Scotland's best and worst twentieth century building. In 1992, it was listed category A. One of its architects suggested the idea of 'everything being stripped away except the concrete itself - a purely romantic conception of the building as a beautiful ruin'. And now in 2016, St Peter's is renewed as a cultural space through the work of the arts organisation NVA. In this landmark book, Diane Watters looks at the history of a structure that emerged out of an innovative phase of postwar Catholic church building. She traces the story of an architectural failure which morphed into a tragic modernist myth: unappreciated architects betrayed by an unloving client, and abandoned by an uncaring society. This is a historian's account of the real story of St Peter's College: an exploration of how one of Scotland's most singular buildings became one of its most troubled - and most celebrated. With an image essay by NVA Creative Director Angus Farquhar - across 54 pages of imagery of St Peter's and the globally publicised 'Hinterland' event, Angus Farquhar recounts how his independent arts organisation came to play the key role in the renewal of the buildings.

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