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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1st American ed edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789410516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789410511
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA. This attractive series entry explores the bond between the Earth and the world's various religious and belief systems. Double-page treatments replete with full-color photos and sidebars are devoted to topics such as Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the Druids. Sacred sites in second- and third-world countries also appear. The first section provides a geographical breakdown by area. The second section is a gazetteer consisting of 16 maps with over 1000 sacred sites. Information in this section includes location, whether the site is still in use, and historical periods when it was first used or built.?Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

At first glance, this book is very similar to The Atlas of Sacred Places [RBB N 15 94], though that book covered only 33 sites and this new one treats 100 sites around the world, ranging from Ur to Machu Picchu. The one-half-to two-page entries are beautifully illustrated with color photographs. The last quarter of this volume, however, makes it more than just another pretty coffee-table book. A gazetteer plots the location of more than 1,000 sites on 20 color maps. A list keyed to the maps notes the founding date of the site, the country where it is located, and a brief note as to its importance. The entries in the first part of the book also refer to the gazetteer. A glossary and bibliography are followed by an index.

Readers interested in archaeology, religion, or travel will enjoy this attractive book. Public libraries will want to include it in their circulating collections. Sandy Whiteley


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JESPER SAMPAIO on February 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Human history is made up of powerful ideas and beliefs, not of economy, industry and mere survival. This should be clear to anyone who takes the time to consider the enormous energy which was naturally put into the building and ornamentation of temples and monuments of all ages and places, an energy far beyond all purely practical purposes.
This atlas of holy places and sacred sites gives us a much more qualitative picture of the world than any purely geographical, statistical or political representation ever will. However, readers without some foreknowledge in world traditions, comparative religion, archaeo-astronomy and the like are unlikely to see how each site fits into a more universal whole and so might feel a bit lost in the myriad of places (and periods) the book visits. But then, of course, one can hardly pretend to be a connoisseur in a more complex thing than the history of civilization.
Also, readers will inevitably think that something important was left out or that the author was either too cautious or too daring in his interpretations of the origin and use of specific sites, mainly the older ones. But, by taking on himself the impossible and thankless task of pleasing every seeker and lover of our spiritual legacy, Colin Wilson has produced a beautiful book (gorgeous pictures, layout and binding) with a very helpful gazetteer (takes more time to make than one thinks!) to which or from which each reader can add or subtract whatever he feels is incumbent.
Yes, this book is "more than just another pretty coffee-table book"; in fact, there is no reason why you should not have this work of reference on your shelf - even the price is surprisingly reasonable.
Jesper Sampaio.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randy LeJeune on September 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is just what is claims to be: an Atlas of Sacred Sites. It is not chock full of brilliant ideas like Wilson'e more typical books, but neither is it intended to be. It is designed for the explorer who intends to visit these sites and to show the interested where these sights are. unless you have done a great deal of reading, the book will seem woefully inadequate in explaining most of these sights as mere curiosities. So if anything here interests you, a great deal of supplementary reading will be necessary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. on January 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of my top things to do on my "fantasy list" is to visit every sacred site listed in this informative book. I love the lay-out and ease of use of most "DK" books. This book is particularly interesting in that it gives a fairly decent summary of each holy site. It is a good beginning guide and may help to "spur" interest in a particular area that you can then delve more deeply into at a later time. However, I thought they could have given a bit more information on some of the English sites. They also tended to focus mainly on pagan sites.
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By Classical Teacher on January 18, 2014
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Something must be said about leisurely looking into something with a book verses "googling" it on line. This is a great way to familiarize one's self with the sacred sites that mean the most to the peoples of the world. I can't help but want to visit them. Especially the ones that are off limits to non-believers.
As usual, DK has the most wonderful photos and text to put one right there in the place or site. I bought one of these books for my son when he was in High School and then another one for me when he took it with him to college.
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