The Atlas of Sacred Places: Meeting Points of Heaven and Earth

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The Atlas of Sacred Places visits more than thirty sites around the globe, from Mexico to China, Norway to India, taking in hallowed halls of temples and shrines, mystical mountains, and places of pilgrimage. Evocative essays describe the sites and explain the spiritual significance of each as well as its connections with religious leaders and holy figures. Color photographs and paintings capture the detail of cathedrals, mosques, ancient shrines, and their often idyllic surroundings. Location maps place each ...
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The Atlas of Sacred Places visits more than thirty sites around the globe, from Mexico to China, Norway to India, taking in hallowed halls of temples and shrines, mystical mountains, and places of pilgrimage. Evocative essays describe the sites and explain the spiritual significance of each as well as its connections with religious leaders and holy figures. Color photographs and paintings capture the detail of cathedrals, mosques, ancient shrines, and their often idyllic surroundings. Location maps place each site in context, and special feature maps reflect the broader historical picture. A practical gazetteer helps pilgrims and visitors find their way and offers suggestions on what to see when they arrive.

Wide in its scope and colorful in its approach, The Atlas of Sacred Places reveals the holy places of the world. This is a book that will enchant and entertain, inspire and inform.

Evocative essays describe and explain the spiritual significance of more than 30 sites around the globe where people feel they have found heaven on earth. The holy places of the world--including cathedrals, mosques, and ancient shrines--are revealed in full-color photographs and paintings.

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In this collection of 33 essays about holy or sacred sites in the world, the author, a writer and editor based in London, has chosen wisely. Harpur includes not only the expected sites, such as Mount Sinai and Mecca, but other, more obscure sites, such as the Buddhist temple Wat Phra Keo in Thailand; the Shinto shrines in Ise, Japan; and places such as Olympia in Greece and Ephesus in Turkey that are usually overlooked. To call this book an atlas is a misnomer because it usually offers no more than one map per site, and the maps are used as aids to the narratives. The essays introduce the sites, and the exposition never gets beyond the expected descriptions of place and time, with little or no attempt to compare and contrast sites. Consequently, this text is not meant for the serious scholar of comparative religions but as a sampling, both informative and enjoyable, of places where, as the author states, heaven and earth meet. Recommended as a browsing item for public libraries.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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Explores the idea of sacred ground (found in most cultures) and whether such sacredness is innate, or acquired over time through association with a particular event, person, tradition, or artwork. Thirty sites are profiled in color photos and essays. The sites are grouped in sections on monuments and landscapes that are considered holy because of their association with saints and spiritual teachers; burial places and shrines; structures built "to the glory of God"; and pilgrimage destinations. Includes maps and a gazetteer with information on visiting each site. 9.25x11.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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