Abandoned Sacred Places

Abandoned Sacred Places

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We may think of churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as ordered places for organized religion. But what happens when the congregation moves away? Or when shifting borders or persecution mean that people can no longer reach them? And, in the absence of humankind, what happens when nature's unceasing efforts invade the hallowed walls?
Abandoned Sacred Places is a brilliant pictorial exploration of both ancient and modern temples, synagogues, churches, mosques and stone circles that have been left behind. From the mysteries around Stonehenge in England and Carnac in France constructed thousands of years ago to crumbling inner cities churches and synagogues in present-day Detroit and Chicago, from ancient Roman temples to Mayan pyramids in Mexico, and from Hindu temples lost in the Indian jungle to Buddhist shrines in the Chinese desert, the book shows what happens when humanity retreats and nature is allowed to reclaim the land.
With 200 outstanding colour photographs exploring hauntingly beautiful locations, Abandoned Sacred Places is a moving examination of more than 100 lost worlds.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 22.86mm | 1,380g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 photos; 150 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782747699
  • 9781782747697
  • 1,187,055

Table of contents


Tassili, Algeria
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Khonsu Temple, Luxor\Karnak, Egypt
Abu Simbel, Egypt
Medinet Habu, Ancient Egypt
Nubian Pyramids, Sudan
Ptomelaic Egypt: Temple of Kom Ombo and Temple of Edfu
Roman Africa: Dougga, Tunisia; Sbeitia, Tunisia
Christian Tombs, Al-Bagawat, Egypt
Roman Basilica, Volubilis, Morocco
Roman Basilica, Leptis Magna, Libya
Mosque, Kilwa Kisiwani Island, Tanzania

Ain Dara, Syria Petra, Jordan
Mada'in Saleh, Saudi Arabia
Myra Necropolis, Turkey
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Baal, Palmyra, Syria
Palmyra, Syria
Zechariah's Tomb, Kidron Valley, Jerusalem, Israel
Absalom's Tomb, Kidron Valley, Jerusalem, Israel
Sumatar, Sabian site, Turkey
At Hamat Synagogue, Tiberias, Israel
Dura-Europos Synagogue, Syria
Mushabbak Basilica, Dead Cities of Syria, Syria
Cathedral/Mosque Fethiye, Ani, Turkey
Church of the Redeemer, Ani, Turkey
Orthodox Church Kayakoey, Turkey
Lower Church, Kayakoey, Turkey
Modern Mosque, Desert, Dubai
Armenian Church, Mosul, Iraq

Tomb of Darius, Naqsh-e Rustem, Iran
Garni Ancient Roman Temple, Armenia
Zvarnots Early Christian Cathedral, Armenia
Ajanta Caves, India
Elephanta Caves, Hindu, India
Ellora Caves, India
Site of Bamyan Buddhas, Afghanistan
Khajuraho Hindu and Jain Temples, India
Borobudur Buddhist Temples, Java, Indonesia
Prambanan Hindu Temples, Indonesia
Angkor Khmer Temples, Cambodia
Prasat Hin Mueang Tam Khmer Temples, Thailand
Bagan Temples, Burma
Mogao Caves, China
Polunnaruwa, Sri Lanka
My Son, Cham Temple, Vietnam
Ayutthaya, Thailand
Hampi, India
Bodhesar Jain Temple, Pakistan
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Delhi, India
Trai Tim Church, Nam Dinh, Vietnam
Buddhist Shrine, Nokogiri, Japan
Buddhist Shrine, Nepal
Muslim Necropolises, Kazakhstan
Shiva Sunken Temple, Scindia Ghat, Varanasi, India
British Colonial Church, Ross Island, Andaman Islands, Indian Ocean
Chicken Church, Indonesia

Pyramid, Caral Supe, Peru
Temple of the Sun, Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Nazca Lines, Peru
Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA
Guatape Rock, Colombia
Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico
Mayan Sites:
Lamanai Mask Temple, Belize
Sacred Cenote, Mexico
Becan, Yucatan, Mexico
Copan, Honduras Yaxchilan, Mexico
Tikal, Guatemala
Incan Sites:
Machu Picchu, Peru Moray Circle, Peru
Easter Island statues
Russian Cemetery, Sitka, Alaska, USA
Church, Dooley, Montana
Church, Dorothy, Alberta
Anglican Old Church, Godmanchester, Quebec, Canada
Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana
Lower East Side Synagogue, New York
East Methodist Church, Detroit
Potosi Church, Venezuela
Jesuit Mission, La Santisima Trinidad e Parana, Paraguay
Jesuit Mission, Jesus de Tavarangue, Paraguay
San Juan Parangaricutiro Church, Mexico
Port au Prince Cathedral, Haiti
Penal Colony Church, Tasmania

Hagar Qim, Malta - 4thC BCE megalithic site
Stonehenge, England
Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Temple of Delphi, Greece
Altar, Pompeii, Italy
Ercole Temple, Agrigento, Sicily
Tomb of the Kings, Cyprus
Baptistry, Butrint, Albania
Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales
Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, England
Elgin Cathedral, Moray, Scotland
Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Scotland
Ermita de la Piedad Chapel, near Segovia, Spain
Church, Bussana Vecchia, Liguria, Italy
Abbey, Mont-Saint-Eloi, France
Villers Abbey, Wallonia, Belgium
All Saints, Stovlinky, Czech Republic
Catholic Church, Near Chervonohorod, Nyrkiv, Ukraine
Novotroitskoye Church, Lipetsk Region, Russia
Bogorodskoye Village Church, Penza Region, Russia
Monastery near Kalach, Voronezh, Russia
Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Yaropolets, Volokolamsk District, Russia
Wooden Church, Maslovskaya Arkhangelsk Region, Russia
Highgate Cemetery, London
Kaiser Wilhelm Church, Berlin, Germany
Church of St Etienne the Old, Caen, Normandy France
Church, Oradour-sur-Glane, France
St Luke's Church, Liverpool, England
Vidin Synagogue, Bulgaria
Jewish Cemetery, Vienna, Austria
Jewish Cemetery, Wroclaw, Poland
Submerged Church, Reschensee, South Tyrol, Italy
St Nicholas's Cathedral, Kalyazin, Russia
Church, Jrebchevo, Bulgaria
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About Lawrence Joffe

Lawrence Joffe is a graduate in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. He then took a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and has written about 150 obituaries for the Guardian, as well as reviews for the Independent and Jewish Chronicle and features for the Middle East, among others. Born in South Africa and resident in London, Lawrence has edited numerous books, lectured on history and religion, and in the past has appeared as a commentator on BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. His own books include Keesings Guide to the Middle East and An Illustrated History of the Jewish People.
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