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The Atlas of Legendary Places by James…

The Atlas of Legendary Places

by James Harpur, Jennifer Westwood

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An atlas that charts a worldwide journey through rich and varied territory and describing the landscapes and buildings where myth and reality meet. It examines mythical landscapes such as the Garden of Eden, Camelot and Avalon, and places where gods and goddesses are said to have walked the earth, such as Hawaii's Haleakala Crater, Japan's Mount Fuji and the River Ganges in India.… (more)



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The Atlas of Legendary Places consists of a series of short articles, each presenting an overview of a particular place (some of which are more "legendary" than others). Most articles are either four or six pages in length, with at least half that space devoted to photos and other illustrations. While some of the photos are breathtaking, others are uninspiring, and some are even a bit blurry (such as the largest photo of Stonehenge, which apparently was chosen more for the large rainbow arching over the structure than for its photographic quality). Only half the pages are printed in color; the rest are black-and-white, interspersed with some sepia spot color.

The articles themselves are interesting enough, and there is a good variety of places, ranging from mythical to historical, natural to architectural, and famous to obscure. An enjoyable book, considered for what it's meant to be -- i.e., the sort of book you pick up and browse through, reading for a few minutes at a time rather than cover-to-cover.

Contents include:
Eternal Realms: The Garden of Eden, Atlantis, Camelot, Avalon;
Timeless Landscapes: Mount Ararat, The Nile, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Mount Fuji, Cappadocia, The Ganges, Haleakala Crater, Shenandoah Valley, The Himalayas;
Sacred Wonders: Altamira, Stonehenge, The Tomb of Tutankhamun, Delphi, Gotland, Serpent Mound, Petra, Tikal, Machu Picchu, Tintern Abbey;
The Creative Vision: Shwedagon Pagoda, Haghia Sophia, The Potala, Assisi, Mont-St-Michel, The Alhambra, The Forbidden City, Elsinore, The Taj Mahal, Neuschwanstein;
Triumph of the Spirit: Oberammergau, Arkadi Monastery, The Italian Chapel, Coventry Cathedral
Also contains a brief Gazetteer (information for travelers, probably long outdated), Bibliography, & Index. ( )
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This book has the cover and ISBN for Atlas de Lugares Misteriosos, which is a translation of The Atlas of Mysterious Places, not The Atlas of Legendary Places.
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