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  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846040733
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $55.00

Pocket Guide to How to Read A Church


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Handy illustrated pocket version of the bestselling HOW TO READ A CHURCH.

Churches and cathedrals are visited by millions of tourists as well as worshippers each year. But many people do not realise that church buildings are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This handy guide will unlock all the treasures they contain. The stunning colour photographs show the very best in church architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows, and the accessible text talks you through the significance of church features. It includes sections on:
- The basics: imagery, themes and history
- Church architecture, inside and out
- Symbols, colours and words
- Representations of God, Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary
- Recognising Saints and Angels
- Scenes from the Old Testament.
It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of small details.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846040733
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $55.00

About the Author

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor was born in 1967. He studied English at Cambridge University and Law at London University, and now lives and works as a lawyer in Sheffield. He is the author of the bestselling book How To Read A Church and presenter of the BBC4 series Churches: How To Read Them, inspired by his book.

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