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England's Cathedrals (Hardcover): Simon Jenkins England's Cathedrals (Hardcover)
Simon Jenkins 1
R833 R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Save R177 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Inspired . . . encourages us to take a fresh look at the familiar' - The Times England's cathedrals are the nation's glory. They tower over its landscape, outranking palaces, castles and mansions. They attract roughly half the nation's population each year. For a millennium they have been objects of pilgrimage for those seeking faith, consolation and beauty. Still at the start of the twenty-first century, they remain unequalled in their size and splendour. More than any other English institution, cathedrals reflect the vicissitudes of history and should be treasured as such. They are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Gloriously illustrated throughout, England's Cathedrals not only offers us a companion to England's Thousand Best Churches, it takes us on an enthralling tour of the nation and its history, through some of our most astonishing buildings.

On the Formation of the Upper Monastic Area of Seon Buddhist Temples from Koreas Late Silla to the Goryeo Era (Hardcover, 2013... On the Formation of the Upper Monastic Area of Seon Buddhist Temples from Koreas Late Silla to the Goryeo Era (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Lee Seung-Yeon
R2,992 R2,520 Discovery Miles 25 200 Save R472 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Seon (Zen) Buddhism was first introduced to Korea around Korea's late Silla and early Goryeo eras, the function of the "beopdang" (Dharma hall) was transfused to the lecture hall found in ancient Buddhist temples, establishing a pivotal area within the temple compound called the "upper monastic area." By exploring the structural formation and dissolution of the upper monastic area, the author shows how Korea established its own distinctive Seon temples, unlike those of China and Japan, in the course of assimilating a newly-introduced foreign culture as its own. To accomplish this, the author analyzed the inscriptions on stone monuments which recorded the lives of eminent monks and also numerous excavated temple ruins. These analyses give us a new perspective on the evolution of the upper monastic area, which had the beopdang as its center, at a time when early Seon temples were being established under very adverse and unstable circumstances. The exploration of the spatial organization and layout of Korean Seon temple architecture has illuminated the continuity between Korean Buddhist temples of both the ancient and medieval eras.

A Mighty Architectural Shout - The Evolution of Religious Architecture in Essex County, New Jersey 1743-1900 (Paperback): Frank... A Mighty Architectural Shout - The Evolution of Religious Architecture in Essex County, New Jersey 1743-1900 (Paperback)
Frank L. Greenagel
R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One hundred and ten churches and meetinghouses and a single synagogue built before 1900 survive in Essex County. Ten are no longer used for religious services, but endure as offices, theaters, a day care center, a Masonic Lodge, even a nightclub. Many are hosting their second, third or even fourth congregation. Where German might have been heard on a Sunday morning in the 1850s and English or Italian in the 1880s, now Spanish or Portuguese is often the language of choice. These remaining buildings are the vestiges of a social and political history and of architectural traditions that span almost 270 years. Changing demographics and neglect have put many of the old churches at risk of closing, or in danger of significant alteration or demolition. Much of the history of American religious architecture is on view in the county as well as important cultural and social values and the religious practices they represent. More than two-thirds of the surviving churches in the county were built after the Civil War, and 55 of those were erected in the last two decades of the nineteenth century. About one quarter of the churches in the county are Presbyterian, and almost one out of five have or had the word German in their name. The nineteenth century was a period of great social and political upheaval, as well as industrial growth; the book focuses on significant economic and social changes -immigration, industrialization, urbanization, and the exceptional religious pluralism-that shaped the county's churchscape.

Pittsburgh Prays - Thirty-Six Houses of Worship (Paperback): Tim Fabian, Brian Cohen, Abby Mendelson Pittsburgh Prays - Thirty-Six Houses of Worship (Paperback)
Tim Fabian, Brian Cohen, Abby Mendelson
R657 Discovery Miles 6 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With stirring narrative and beautiful photography, Pittsburgh Prays takes us on a journey to the massive cathedrals and private chapels, synagogues, mosques and temples of Greater Pittsburgh. The book highlights not only sacred places, and piety, but also the love that created and maintains these houses of worships of all faiths, foci of communities and neighborhoods. More than bricks and mortar, each building represents the lexicon of Pittsburgh history - and generations dedicated to the greater good.

Vefa Kilise Mosque (Paperback): Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn Vefa Kilise Mosque (Paperback)
Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Vefa Kilise Mosque (Turkish: Vefa Kilise Camii, meaning "the church mosque of Vefa," to distinguish it from the other kilise camiler of Istanbul: also known as Molla Gurani Camii after the name of his founder) is a former Eastern Orthodox church converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. The church was possibly dedicated to Hagios Theodoros (St. Theodore, in Greek: ), but this dedication is far from certain. The complex represents one of the most important examples of Comnenian and Palaiologan architecture of Constantinople.

French Museum Architecture (Hardcover): ICI Consultants French Museum Architecture (Hardcover)
ICI Consultants
R1,089 R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Save R68 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Designing a museum involves not only conceiving the best way to reveal their collections, but also how to welcome and serve visitors, and how to incorporate the spaces needed for the behind-the-scenes work of curating, restoring, cataloguing and storing. The architects embarking on such a project must carry out in-depth studies and find innovative solutions, whether their mission is to inject new life into a historic museum, to integrate a modern museography, to combine an harmonise an old building with a contemporary space, or to create from scratch a museum that will be acclaimed by critics and the public alike. French Museum Architecture explores these different problematic through forty museum projects, ranging from the Orsay and Quai Branly museums in Paris, to the Lille Museum of Modern Art (LaM) and the Confluences Museum in Lyon, to name but a few. Each project is presented with the emphasis on the thought process behind the creation, exposing the main questions the architects had to address in order to come up with spaces that are efficient, intelligent, welcoming and dynamic, able to fulfil the expectations of a public ranging from academic researchers to the merely curious, and everyone in between.

Great Monasteries of Europe (Hardcover): Bernhard Schutz, Henri Gaud Great Monasteries of Europe (Hardcover)
Bernhard Schutz, Henri Gaud; Photographs by Joseph Martin, Florian Monheim
R2,630 R1,984 Discovery Miles 19 840 Save R646 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

European cultural history is inextricably linked to the presence of monasteries, especially during the Middle Ages. In addition to serving as religious refuges, monasteries provided sanctuary for the pursuits of art, education, science, and book production. This lavishly illustrated book traces the development of the art and architecture of these important buildings, from early Carolingian examples in the eighth century to a modern structure by Le Corbusier in 1960.This unsurpassed survey offers a fresh chronicle of a largely overlooked subject and hundreds of marvelous images, many of them newly photographed, of more than 150 of the most interesting and best preserved monasteries in Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy - all of which are accessible to visitors. Here are unique views of the art and architecture of such treasured places as Mont St. Michel, a wondrous Benedictine sanctuary off the coast of Brittany, and the fabled pilgrimage site in Assisi founded by St. Francis.In an insightful text the author describes the cultural heritage of each of the monasteries portrayed and provides an introduction to monasticism and to the various orders dating from the early Christian era to the present. In addition, the volume offers plans of the sites, a glossary, and a bibliography. Historians and collectors of great books of art history will be intrigued by this unsurpassed collection of photographs and fascinating account of the artistic glory of European monasteries.

Early Religious Architecture of Burlington County, New Jersey 1703-1900 (Paperback): Frank L. Greenagel Early Religious Architecture of Burlington County, New Jersey 1703-1900 (Paperback)
Frank L. Greenagel
R1,022 Discovery Miles 10 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

All 127 surviving structures erected for religious purposes in Burlington County are surveyed and placed in the context of significant liturgical, ethnic, style and constructions practices of the period. The county was dominated in the 18th century by Quaker meetinghouses, but Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches are more common by the American Revolution. Those of the hinterlands are quite distinct from churches erected in the rivertowns by the time of the Civil War. This work might be considered an explanation of three cultural landscapes that arose in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space (Hardcover): S. Collins The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space (Hardcover)
S. Collins
R2,325 Discovery Miles 23 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Retracing the contours of a bitter controversy over the meaning of sacred architecture that flared up among some of the leading lights of the Carolingian renaissance, Samuel Collins explores how ninth-century authors articulated the relationship of form to function and ideal to reality in the ecclesiastical architecture of the Carolingian empire. This debate involved many of the major figures of the era, and at its core questioned what it meant for any given place or building to be thought of as specially holy. Many of the signature moments of the Carolingian Renaissance, in church reform, law, and political theory, depended on rival and bitterly controversial definitions of sacred architecture in the material world.

Guided from Beyond - The Story Of The Templar, A Divine Edifice for the Coming Golden Age (Paperback): Simon Bialobroda Guided from Beyond - The Story Of The Templar, A Divine Edifice for the Coming Golden Age (Paperback)
Simon Bialobroda; Linda K. Myers
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

*AN ARCHITECTURAL AND SPIRITUAL LANDMARK FOR HUMANITY* This is the true story of a group of people who were "Guided From Beyond" and received over 160 transmissions from the Spiritual Hierarchy detailing architectural plans for a temple of transformation for the benefit of humanity. The revealing account of "The Templar, a Divine Edifice for the Coming Golden Age," expresses through sacred architecture the evolution of consciousness and it's purpose for coming into manifestation. As with the Knights Templar of old who provided safe passage for the spiritual pilgrims from the West to the holy land so will The Templar provide safe passage to all who aspire to spiritually connect to the wholeness of creation. "The Story of The Templar," with over 20 architectural drawings, documents the superhuman science expressed through it's architecture of sacred geometry and number. The ancient science of the initiates resides in The Templar's details of specific symbols, materials, and astronomical alignments. Within The Templar, the vibrational patterns of light, color and sound designed into each level rises in vibrational frequency. Through the architectural drawings of the exterior and four of the seven levels within The Templar, the reader is given the opportunity to visually connect and when possible to tune into the The Templar's vibrational resonance. This Divine Edifice, "The 12th Wonder of the World," gives a new vision for humanity. The compelling story of human participation with "masters" from the 7th dimension and higher reveals the triumphs and lessons leading to the spiritual teaching of group work for the future. The inspiring story of The Templar gives hope and direction to the many people around the world who spiritually aspire and work for "The Coming Golden Age" on Earth.

Twenty Years of Church Acoustics (Paperback): Jay Perdue Twenty Years of Church Acoustics (Paperback)
Jay Perdue
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Windows of Pinner Parish Church (Paperback): Bernard A. Harrison The Windows of Pinner Parish Church (Paperback)
Bernard A. Harrison; Photographs by Paul Marshall
R211 R83 Discovery Miles 830 Save R128 (61%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Churchyards Handbook (Paperback): Thomas Cocke The Churchyards Handbook (Paperback)
Thomas Cocke
R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Primarily tranquil places to bury the dead and to grieve, churchyards are important for many other reasons. They tell us of our past, protect plants and animals for the future and provide peaceful spaces in which to sit and think. "The Churchyards Handbook" gives practical advice on all aspects of churchyard management and should be of use to parish priests, churchwardens and archdeacons as well as those involved with the funeral business. It explains the law relating to churchyards and offers constructive guidance on the difficult subjects of memorials and cremated remains. The proper care of the archaeology and history of churchyards is discussed, as is the importance of the churchyard as a haven for wildlife.

St. Peter's (Paperback): Keith Miller St. Peter's (Paperback)
Keith Miller
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series(Part I and Part II) Built by the decree of Constantine, rebuilt by some of the most distinguished architects in Renaissance Italy, emulated by Hitler's architect in his vision for Germania, immortalized on film by Fellini, and fictionalized by a modern American bestseller, St. Peter's is the most easily recognizable church in the world. This book is a cultural history of one of the most significant structures in the West. It bears the imprint of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Canova. For Grand Tourists of the eighteenth century, St. Peter's exemplified the sublime. It continues to fascinate visitors today and appears globally as a familiar symbol of the papacy and of the Catholic Church itself. The church was first built in the fourth century on what is thought to be the tomb of Peter--the rock upon which Christ decreed his church shall be built. After twelve hundred years, the church was largely demolished and rebuilt in the sixteenth century when it came to acquire its present-day form. St. Peter's awes the visitor by its gigantic proportions, creating a city within itself. It is the mother church, the womb from which churches around the world have taken inspiration. This book covers the social, political, and architectural history of the church from the fourth century to the present. From the threshold, to the subterranean Roman necropolis, to the dizzying heights of the dome, this book provides rare perspectives and contexts for understanding the shape and significance of the most illustrious church in the world.

The Salem Churchscape (Paperback): Frank L. Greenagel The Salem Churchscape (Paperback)
Frank L. Greenagel
R879 Discovery Miles 8 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Less than half the buildings erected as places of worship in Salem County in the three centuries following initial settlement have survived. Many were razed when the congregation flourished and a larger building was required. A few burned down, and some were sold off and dismantled, carted away to be used in a barn or residence elsewhere. More than a few were simply abandoned and allowed to fall to pieces. This is an examination of what remains. It is an attempt to record and to interpret why the meetinghouses, churches and synagogues look the way they do. It has a lot to do with architecture and construction, but very little about religious beliefs; the social, economic and liturgical milieu of Salem County and their effect on architecture and construction are the real subjects of this book. All 50 of the survivors, including several that have been hauled away to other counties or adapted for other purposes are included here.

Preparing to Build - Practical Tips & Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program (Paperback): Stephen... Preparing to Build - Practical Tips & Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program (Paperback)
Stephen Anderson
R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From concept to completion, your church will not undertake a more demanding or complicated task in terms of money, risk, and effort than it will in a building program. Preparing to Build will educate and guide the church through the process of becoming prepared to build in a manner that will save time and reduce costly mistakes.
They don't teach this in seminary and most church leaders are unequipped by experience or training to lead their church through a building program in the most optimum manner. Being prepared to build, in its simplest terms, means the church has objectively quantified as many of the variables as possible and developed a building plan strategy within the financial ability of the church.
A church that is prepared to build can articulate, based on factual analysis, what it needs to build to meet future needs, it understands the cost of construction, has measured its financial ability, and knows the vision can be built on the selected property. It's about the process. The result of an objective process is objective fact. In the absence of an objective process, all a church is left with is subjective opinion, and in a church of a few hundred people, you will have a few hundred opinions.
Preparing to Build discusses the process from visioning to selecting a builder and discusses topics including: space planning, design, financing, capital campaigns, land acquisition, organizing a building committee, and special information for smaller or start-up churches. The book concludes with several appendices, "including a readiness to build assessment."

Christian Monuments in England and Wales ... with Numerous Illustrations... (Paperback): Charles Boutell Christian Monuments in England and Wales ... with Numerous Illustrations... (Paperback)
Charles Boutell
R479 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R91 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Famous Cathedrals as Seen and Described by Great Writers (Paperback): Esther Singleton Famous Cathedrals as Seen and Described by Great Writers (Paperback)
Esther Singleton
R719 R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Save R150 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Gift of Angels - The Art of Mission San Xavier Del Bac (Hardcover): John Dennett A Gift of Angels - The Art of Mission San Xavier Del Bac (Hardcover)
John Dennett; Introduction by Caroline Janney; Series edited by Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick
R2,211 R1,943 Discovery Miles 19 430 Save R268 (12%) Out of stock

It rises suddenly out of the Sonoran Desert landscape, towering over the tallest tree or cactus, a commanding building with a sensuous dome, elliptical vaults, and sturdy bell towers. There is nothing else like it around, nor does it seem there should be. This incongruity of setting is what strikes first-time visitors to Mission San Xavier del Bac. This great church is of another place and another time, while its beauty is universal and timeless.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a two-century-old Spanish church in southern Arizona located just a few miles from downtown Tucson, a metropolis of more than half a million people in the American Southwest. A National Historic Landmark since 1963, the mission's graceful baroque art and architecture have drawn visitors from all over the world.
Now Bernard Fontana--the leading expert on San Xavier--and award-winning photographer Edward McCain team up to bring us a comprehensive view of the mission as we've never seen it before. With 200 stunning full-color photographs and incisive text illuminating the religious, historical, and motivational context of these images, "A Gift of Angels "is a must-have for tourists, scholars, and other visitors to San Xavier.
From its glorious architecture all the way down to the finest details of its art, Mission San Xavier del Bac is indeed a gift of angels.

The Churches Of Coventry (Hardcover): Frederick W. Woodhouse The Churches Of Coventry (Hardcover)
Frederick W. Woodhouse
R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The clearing away of galleries, the provision of new seating and the renewal of much window tracery have been the principal changes, the greatest loss being the destruction of the Corpus Christi Chapel. The nave is of moderate width and consists of only four bays, the eastern arches being narrower and made to abut against the tower after the manner of flying buttresses. The columns are clusters of four large filleted shafts separated by small ones while the bases are high and evidently meant to be seen above the benches. The caps are shallow and very simple, while the shafts of each pier reappear as part of the arch moulding.

The Cathedral Of Strasburg And The Stonemasons Of Germany (Hardcover): Albert G MacKey, William R. Singleton The Cathedral Of Strasburg And The Stonemasons Of Germany (Hardcover)
Albert G MacKey, William R. Singleton
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

THIS 20 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: History of Freemasonry Part 3, by Albert G. Mackey. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766134911.

Famous Cathedrals as Seen and Described by Great Writers (Hardcover): Esther Singleton Famous Cathedrals as Seen and Described by Great Writers (Hardcover)
Esther Singleton
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

1909. With Numerous Illustrations. A travel guide for the American tourist to the Cathedrals of Europe with descriptions written by writers such as: Theophile Gautier; Arthur Symonds; W.D. Sweeting; Victor Hugo; S. Sophia Beale; H.H. Bishop; Dean Spence; and others. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

The Church of Sancta Sophia, Constantinople a Study of Byzantine Building (Hardcover): W.R. Lethaby, Harold Swainson The Church of Sancta Sophia, Constantinople a Study of Byzantine Building (Hardcover)
W.R. Lethaby, Harold Swainson
R756 Discovery Miles 7 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

1894. Sancta Sophia is the most interesting building on the world's surface. Like Karnak in Egypt, or the Athenian Parthenon, it is one of the four great pinnacles of architecture, but unlike them this is no ruin, nor does it belong to a past world of constructive ideas although it precedes by seven hundred years the fourth culmination of the building art in Chartres, Amiens, or Bourges, and thus must ever stand as the Supreme monument of the Christian cycle. The attempt here is some disentanglement of the history of the Church and an analysis of its design and construction; on the one hand, we have been led a step or two into the labyrinth of Constantinopolian topography, on the other, we have thought that the great Church offers the best point of view for the observation of the Byzantine theory of building.

Christian Monuments in England and Wales - An Historical and Descriptive Sketch of the Various Classes of Sepulchral Monuments... Christian Monuments in England and Wales - An Historical and Descriptive Sketch of the Various Classes of Sepulchral Monuments Which Have Been in Use in This Country (Paperback)
Charles Boutell
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From About The Era Of The Norman Conquest To The Time Of Edward The Fourth.

The Churches Of Coventry (Paperback): Frederick W. Woodhouse The Churches Of Coventry (Paperback)
Frederick W. Woodhouse
R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The clearing away of galleries, the provision of new seating and the renewal of much window tracery have been the principal changes, the greatest loss being the destruction of the Corpus Christi Chapel. The nave is of moderate width and consists of only four bays, the eastern arches being narrower and made to abut against the tower after the manner of flying buttresses. The columns are clusters of four large filleted shafts separated by small ones while the bases are high and evidently meant to be seen above the benches. The caps are shallow and very simple, while the shafts of each pier reappear as part of the arch moulding.

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