The Atlas of Holy Places & Sacred Sites

The Atlas of Holy Places & Sacred Sites

by Colin Wilson
     
 
From Stonehenge to Angkor Wat, this is an extraordinary guide to the world's most intriguing religious and mystical places. Painstakingly researched, this book captures the power and intrigue of a subject that continues to enthrall people the world over. 300+ full-color illustrations.

Overview

From Stonehenge to Angkor Wat, this is an extraordinary guide to the world's most intriguing religious and mystical places. Painstakingly researched, this book captures the power and intrigue of a subject that continues to enthrall people the world over. 300+ full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathleen Beck
As readers have come to expect, Dorling Kindersley has once again produced a very attractive package. Detailed descriptions of over a hundred sacred places in the world are accompanied by high-quality color photographs and clear maps. A separate "gazetteer" locates and briefly describes numerous additional sites. Browsers will find many curious and interesting facts amid this illustrated splendor, such as that the original Olympics included writers who read their works aloud to the crowds. (Gratifying!) Indeed it is browsers who will get the best use of this volume. Researchers will find the information sketchy and the documentation inadequate. The author gives no criteria for which places are included, which leaves the reader wondering: why a lengthy description of Iona and not Lindisfarne? Why Devil's Tower but not the Black Hills? And can the Northern Lights really be considered a "site"? Mexico will be startled to find itself included in Central and South America rather than North America, and puzzled that there is no mention of the Virgin of Guadelupe. Does Carnac really need two pages when all of Rome is described in one? Places included only in the gazetteer are not mentioned in the index. Though a map precedes each geographical section, the location reference in the site description is only to the gazetteer, which is inconvenient. In short, if your library needs an attractive coffee table book, this is a good choice. If, however, you need detailed and reliable reference information, keep looking. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio.
School Library Journal
YAThis attractive series entry explores the bond between the Earth and the world's various religious and belief systems. Double-page treatments replete with full-color photos and sidebars are devoted to topics such as Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the Druids. Sacred sites in second- and third-world countries also appear. The first section provides a geographical breakdown by area. The second section is a gazetteer consisting of 16 maps with over 1000 sacred sites. Information in this section includes location, whether the site is still in use, and historical periods when it was first used or built.Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Booknews
Colorful illustrations accompany colorful accounts of ancient burial rites, Druidic ceremonies, ley lines, mysterious occurrences, shrines, temples, and monasteries. In the second section, 20 maps plot the locations of more than 1,000 sacred sites around the world. Listings give details about each holy place, including the period in which it was built or used. 10.5x12.5<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789410511
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
12.32(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.74(d)

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