This handy, easy-to-carry book provides the reader with a strictly visual approach to reading the architecture of churches. Covering all the ecclesiastical building types of Western Christianity, readers are taken on a journey tracing the development of the church building from the simple stone halls of the Anglo-Saxon period right through to the eclectic designs of the nineteenth century. Another addition to the bestselling How to Read series, How to Read Churches is a practical guide, showing readers how to search for architectural clues that tell hidden stories expressing the liturgical function and spiritual symbolism of a church building. The perfect companion to How to Read Buildings.
Denis R. McNamara holds a BA in the history of art from Yale University and a PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is the author of two books on Christian architecture and is currently assistant director of The Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois.