Churches and cathedrals were originally built to be read. They are alive with images and symbols. But today few people, including regular visitors, truly understand the wealth of meaning in what they find there.
How to Read a Church is a fascinating guide for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral. It explains the significance of church layout, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details such as the use of colours and letters. It is an essential guide to the history, meanings and messages of these beautiful buildings and the treasures they contain.
“For church crawlers or occasional visitors who want to know how to read a church properly, Richard Taylor’s gem of a book is the answer” (The Spectator)
“A handy crash course in church literacy” (Christopher Howse Daily Telegraph)
“This intriguing guide will make any church visit a more enriching trip” (Good Book Guide)
“fascinating and highly informative reading” (Heritage Today)