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Abandoned Sacred Places

Lawrence Joffe

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... Read moreRead less

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 constructed thousands of years ago to crumbling inner cities churches and synagogues in present-day Detroit and New York, 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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Format: 297 x 227mm hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 10,000
Illustrations: 150 photos
ISBN: 9781782747697

Lawrence Joffe

Lawrence Joffe is a graduate in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and in journalism from City University. A specialist in the Middle East, he has contributed for the Guardian for many years, as well as the Independent, the Jewish Chronicle and the Middle East Magazine. Born in South Africa and resident in London, his books include An Illustrated History... Read moreRead less

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