Take a look at this enthralling glimpse into the word of architectural symbolism. This book is a vivid, richly illustrated exploration of the ... Show synopsis Take a look at this enthralling glimpse into the word of architectural symbolism. This book is a vivid, richly illustrated exploration of the symbolism and significance of sacred architectural forms - from spires and minarets to pyramids and temples - and of how different cultures translate their complex beliefs into physical structures. In an authoritative and thoroughly accessible text, the authors explain the links between cosmologies and the construction of buildings, and describe the activities of worship, sacrifice and performance within sacred spaces. The focus ranges widely to show a representative selection of the world's most fascinating sacred buildings, from prehistoric stone circles and Buddhist temples to European cathedrals and New Guinea meeting-houses. The reference section at the back of the book explains the construction techniques behind sacred architecture and analyzes essential forms such as arches, vaults and domes.