How to Read a Church: A Guide to Images, Symbols and Meanings in Churches and Cathedrals

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A unique, accessible guide to the common symbols and meanings in church art and architecture Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people every year. But churches were originally built to be read, and so they are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation for visitors. How to Read a Church is a lively and fascinating guide to what a visitor to a church is likely to find there and how to interpret the common images and meanings in church art and architecture. It will explain how to identify people, scenes, details and their significance, and will explore the symbolism of different animals, plants, colours, numbers and letters - and what this all means. It will be an essential guide for anyone who has ever visited / is visiting a church or cathedral, and for those who want to know more about these incredible buildings and the art they contain.

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A pleasant little guidebook for church tourists (mostly Christian; a few thing you might find in a synagogue are mentioned. Nothing for a temple to Kali or Huitzilopochtli, though; probably just as ... Read full review

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I was seriously disappointed in this book. It's meant to be a guide to help the untutored observer make more sense of what he sees in a traditional church or cathedral, but instead of some in-depth ... Read full review

Contents

PRELIMINARIES
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CHURCH BUILDING AND FURNITURE
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CROSSES AND CRUCIFIXES
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Copyright

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Richard Taylor was born in 1967. He studied English at Oxford University and Law at London University, and now lives and works in South Yorkshire. He has lectured on Christian symbolism to people of many faiths and those of none. He is the presenter of the acclaimed BBC TV series 'Churches: How to Read Them', inspired by this book.

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