Extreme Web Surfs!
Sunday, February 29, 2004
SACRED PLACES - RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE
A few notes: this is by no means a complete survey. I could post for a year, and not scratch the surface of sites devoted to buildings and places set apart for sacred purposes. Whole types - such as the great European Cathedrals - are absent, mostly because it's an idea for another post.. Nevertheless, there is much of interest to be found in the following, and if you are a 'surfer' too, there's enough other links to be found to greatly broaden the coverage..
Angkor Wat - so important to Khmer identity it's on their flag...
Touro Synagogue - in Newport, RI
Wooden Synagogues of Poland
Quebec Churches (also in French, of course..)
Kamekura , Japan - loads of temples and shrines in Japan's 'old capital'
Yasukuni Shrine - Shinto shrine, controversial for its associations with Japanese militarism..
Hagia Sofia - the "Mother Church" of Eastern Orthodoxy
Islamic Religious Architecture
Great Mosque of Kilwa (Tanzania)
Irish Monastic Buildings
Amsterdam's Oude Kerk
Ancient Egyptian Virtual Temple
More Indian Temples
Charleston SC Churches
And finally, two megasites that will keep you busy: Sacred Sites , and Oriental Architecture (although not only religious, links to a vast amount of it..)
'Whenever God erects a house of prayer The devil always builds a chapel there; And 'twill be found, upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation.'