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Great Monasteries of Europe

by Bernhard Schutz

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This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. As we speak (or, rather, as I type) I'm using it to plan a trip to Europe next year, and a trip to Israel year after next. What I love most about it, though, is that it was given to me in the most unexpected and perfectly timed act of friendship and compassion I have ever known. Thank you, Sean and Michael. (Update: Evil economy=Ireland cancelled.) ( )
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This remarkable volume is the most comprehensive examination to date of the art and architecture of european monasteries, featuring an authoritative text and more than 500 stunning, full colour photos. European cultural history is inextricably linked to the presence of monasteries, especially during the Middle Ages. In addition to serving as religious refuges, monasteries provided sanctuary for the pursuits of art, education, science and book production. This lavishly illustrated book traces the development of the art and architecture of these important buildings, from early Carolingian examples in the eighth century to a modern structure by Le Corbusier in 1960. This unsurpassed survey offers a fresh chronicle of a largely overlooked subject and hundreds of marvellous images, many of them newly photographed, of more than 150 of the most interesting and best preserved monasteries in Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy - all of which are accessible to visitors. The author describes the cultural heritage of each of the monasteries portrayed and provides an introduction to monasticism and to the various orders dating from the early Christian era to the present. In addition, the volume offers plans of the sites, a glossary, and a bibliography.

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"This survey presents a fresh chronicle of a largely overlooked subject as well as hundreds of images, many of them newly photographed, of more than 150 of the most interesting and best preserved monasteries in Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy - all of which are accessible to visitors. Over the centuries a number of buildings, including churches, in these monastic complexes have been masterworks of architecture. Among the notable places shown here are Mont-Saint-Michel, a wondrous Benedictine sanctuary off the coast of Brittany, Alcobaca, a treasured Cistercian monastery in Portugal from the early Gothic period, and the fabled pilgrimage site in Assisi founded by St. Francis." "The author relates the rich cultural heritage of each monastery featured and provides a detailed architectural portrait. He also contributes an introduction to monasticism and a concise history of the various orders dating from the early Christian era to the present. In addition, the volume includes plans of the sites, a glossary, and a bibliography." "Architects, historians, and art lovers will be captivated by the collection of photographs in this volume and will find the text an invaluable account of the artistic glory of European monasteries."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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