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Amazing Temples of the World

Author/EditorKerrigan, Michael (Author)
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781838860943
Pub Date14/10/2021
BindingHardback
Pages224
Dimensions (mm)303(h) * 233(w) * 22(d)
Temples have been places of worship and a focus for communities to gather since the earliest days of human civilisation. Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, Amazing Temples of the World includes more than 150 places of worship, from Ancient Greece and Rome, through traditional synagogues to modern Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples.
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Temples have been places of worship, a focus for spirituality and a place for communities to gather since the earliest days of human civilisation. The first temples date back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, deriving from the cult of deities and residing places for gods and immortals. Today, temple buildings remain lively focal points for the Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
Organised by continent, Amazing Temples of the World offers the reader an intimate portrait of some spectacular and unusual places of worship dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present.
Ornate or spartan, immense or intimate, from the Middle East to California, this book features such impressive places of worship as the Mahabodi Temple, India, built in the location where Buddha is thought to have achieved enlightenment; the fifth century BCE Temple of Confucius in Qufu, China, the largest Confucian temple in the world; Abu Simbel, in southern Egypt, the great carved monument to the Pharaoh Ramses II; the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, the spiritual home of the world's 25 million Sikhs; and the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden, London, the biggest Hindu temple outside India.
Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, Amazing Temples of the World includes more than 150 places of worship, from Ancient Greece and Rome, through traditional synagogues to modern Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples.

Temples have been places of worship, a focus for spirituality and a place for communities to gather since the earliest days of human civilisation. The first temples date back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, deriving from the cult of deities and residing places for gods and immortals. Today, temple buildings remain lively focal points for the Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
Organised by continent, Amazing Temples of the World offers the reader an intimate portrait of some spectacular and unusual places of worship dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present.
Ornate or spartan, immense or intimate, from the Middle East to California, this book features such impressive places of worship as the Mahabodi Temple, India, built in the location where Buddha is thought to have achieved enlightenment; the fifth century BCE Temple of Confucius in Qufu, China, the largest Confucian temple in the world; Abu Simbel, in southern Egypt, the great carved monument to the Pharaoh Ramses II; the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, the spiritual home of the world's 25 million Sikhs; and the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden, London, the biggest Hindu temple outside India.
Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, Amazing Temples of the World includes more than 150 places of worship, from Ancient Greece and Rome, through traditional synagogues to modern Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples.

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward's College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.

Contents EUROPE: Greco-Roman temples: Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens Erechtheum, Acropolis, Athens Temple of Hephaestus, Athens Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens Temple of Apollo, Delphi Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Peloponnese, Greece Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece Valley of the Temples, Sicily Doric Temple of Segesta, Sicily Paestum, Italy Temple of Apollo, Pompeii, Naples, Italy Pantheon, Rome Maison Carree, Nimes, France Augustus, Pula, Croatia Garni Temple, Armenia Augustus and Livia, Vienne, France Zeus, Aizanoi, Turkey Neasden Temple, London Guru Singh Sabba Gurdwara, Southall, England Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Synagogues: Great Synagogue, Budabest Old New Synagogue, Prague Spanish Synagogue, Prague Jubilee Synagogue, Prague Grand Choral Synagogue,St. Petersburg New Synagogue, Berlin Ohel Jakob, Munich Ulm Synagogue, Germany Leopoldstadter Tempel, Vienna Roonstrasse Synagogue, Cologne Sofia Synagogue, Bulgaria Subotica Synagogue, Serbia Tempio Maggiore, Florence New West End Synagogue, London ASIA: Indian Subcontinent: Lotus Temple, Delhi (Bahai) Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu Amman Temple, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka Varadharaja Perumal Temple Brihadishwara Temple Khajuraho Annamalaiyar Temple Jagannath Temple, Puri Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu Akshardham Temple, Delhi Laxminarayan Temple, Delhi Bodh Gaya, Bihar (Buddhist) Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India (Buddhist) Mahabodhi Temple Kailashnath Temple, Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India Peace Pagoda, Sri Lanka Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir Sikh Gurdwaras: Sri Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple, Amritsar Sri Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar Gurdwara Data Bandi Chhod Sahib, Gwalior Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi Patna Sahib, Patna Hazur Sahib, Nanded Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Myanmar: Phowintaung Caves, Monywa Bagan Taung Kalat Shwedagon Pagoda (or Golden Pagoda) Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang, China Thailand: Temple of Reclining Buddha, Bangkok Wat Paphukon, Udonthani, Thailand Sirindhorn Wararam Phu Prao Temple, Chong Mek Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Wat Arun, Bangkok White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayuuhaya Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya Wat Huai Pla Kung Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Wat Phra Dhammakaya Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Bangkok (Hindu) Laos: Wat Xieng Thong Pha That Luang ('Great Stupa in Lao') Cambodia: Ankor Wat Banteay Srei Vietnam: Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi Buu Long Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh city Indonesia: Prambanan, Java Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia Tanah Lot, Bali Uluwatu, Bali Ulun Danu Beratan, Bali Besakih, Bali Goa Gajah, Bali Taman Ayun, Bali Goa Lawah, Bali Malaysia: Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves Sri Mahamariamman Temple, KL Thean Hou Temple Khoo Kongsi Temple, Penang Singapore: Bright Hill Temple Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Leong San See Thian Hock Keng China: Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan Wudang Mountains, Hubei Qingyang Palace, Sichuan Erwang Temple, Yulei Mountain, Sichuan Longhu Mountain, Jiangxi Celestial Master Palace on Mount Heming, Chengdu Golden Temple, Kunming Qiyun Mountain China Tayun Mountain Qingcheng Mountain Jade Maiden Peak Mount Hua Skywalk, Hua Shan Mountain, Huayin, Shaanxi Province Dagaoxuan Hall, Forbidden City, Beijing Temple of Heaven, Beijing White Cloud Taoist Temple, Beijing Hong Kong: Man Mo Temple (Taoist) Bhutan/Tibet: Paro Taktsang, Bhutan Kye Gompa monastery Jokhang Temple, Lahsa Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal South Korea: Haeinsa (Temple of Reflection on a Smooth Sea) Japan: Seiganto-ji Horyu-ji, Nara Tenryu-ji Temple Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple") Nanzen-ji Temple Tofuku-ji Temple NORTH

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