A crash course in Christian architecture
How to Read Churches is a pocket primer for decoding the structure and purpose of ecclesiastical buildings. It traces the development of church architecture from biblical precedents like the Temple of Solomon via the ornate passion of medieval Gothic cathedrals to the Postmodern works of the twenty-first century. Adopting a strictly visual approach, this accessible guide uses exquisite engravings and authoritative text to:
This handy volume is a guide to appreciating Western Christian ecclesiastical buildings. Almost all of a church’s architectural features can be understood in relation to how it stands up and what its builders wanted it to say. The logic of structure is taken to extremes by church architects, sending stone skyward as a lacy steeple or curved dome. Since churches have a spiritual message to convey, they are often adorned with non-structural elements and exquisitely decorated. This expertly written guide enables anyone who loves visiting churches to understand these aspects and to marvel at some of the greatest expressions of human achievement.
How to Read Churches begins with an overview of building types, styles and materials. Succeeding chapters look at individual architectural elements and consider their variety through the ages and in different locations. The final sections are devoted to glass, ornament and symbols. Addressing a multitude of ecclesiastical and architectural facts and details, this richly informative volume reveals the elevated, glorified condition of creation that church builders intended.
Denis R. McNamara holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University, and a PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is the author of
two books on Christian architecture and is currently Assistant Director of The Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, USA.
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