From Chartres cathedral to Angkor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the greatest buildings of the world. Indeed, for much of human history, the story of architecture and the story of faith were synonymous.
This lecture explains the architecture of each of the major faith traditions,
revealing how it is shaped by their rituals and beliefs. It briefly covers the sacred architecture of such early societies as Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas before focusing on the living faiths: the great continuities embodied in the sacred architecture of Buddhism and Hinduism, and the revolutionary changes brought about in monotheistic Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
It thus brings fresh insights into some of the most remarkable buildings on the planet.The aim is to leave the audience understanding why and how (for example) a mosque is different from a synagogue or a church (and how they interrelate), as well as having a ‘big picture’ overview of what is happening where and when in the sacred buildings of planet earth.It should go without saying that the illustrations cover a sequence of the greatest buildings on the planet.
Our Lecturer is Jon Cannon Presenter of the BBC's how to build a Cathedral. Lay canon (Keeper of the Fabric) at Bristol Cathedral.