There is no more enduring record of civilization than the majestic treasures of world architecture. From the Egyptian Temple of Anion to the Guggenheim Museum in New York…from the Taj Mahal to the Bauhaus…from Chartres and Notre Dame to the Escorial and Monticello… the great buildings of the world stand as testament to man’s greatest hopes and aspirations and as concrete expressions of their times.
Great Architecture of the World is a magnificent illustrated gift volume that pictures and explains man’s finest architectural achievements more fully and understandably than any other work ever published. The imposing grandeur of the pyramids…the classic grace and harmony of the Greek temples… the Byzantine splendor of St. Mark’s in Venice… the elemental simplicity of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Japan…all the major architectural styles throughout history are traced in chronological order from prehistory to today. The text, prepared by fourteen eminent authorities in the history of architecture, is so clear and so thorough that the reader not only learns how to tell one style from another but also comes to understand the social and cultural forces that led to the creation of each. And for the first time, through the book’s specially created cutaway drawings revealing details of design and construction that no camera could possibly capture, it is possible to see how buildings work.
Open this book, for example, to the section on Elagia Sophia, the Great Church of the Holy Wisdom in Istanbul—pages 84-85. The exterior photograph reveals the impact of the building’s massiveness and symmetry; the interior photograph shows the marvel ofspace, engineering, and the play oflight. And the cutaway drawing enables us to see the almost-square ground plan…the walls broken by aisles, colonnades, and galleries…the four gigantic pendentives rising to form a circle supporting the great dome. What better way to appreciate the miracle that is Hagia Sophia!
Nearly 800 illustrations, over 440 in full color!
The truly outstanding feature of Great Architecture ofthe World —which makes it different from all other books on the subjectare the illustrations, which show the world’s notable buildings in a completely new and fascinating way:
Specially created cutaway drawings
There are over 320 drawings, 174 in full color. Buildings are depicted from the inside and outside, from different angles, and in unique cutaway reconstructions that show how the parts fit together from floor to ceiling. These drawings, including structural and ornamental details and floor plans, create a striking three-dimensional effect.
Stunning photographs-In addition, there are some 470 photographs, 270 in full color, which display exteriors, interiors, and details ofornamentation.
For tourists and armchair travelers, for students of architecture, for anyone who has ever looked with awe and wonder at the world s finest buildings. Great Architecture ofthe World is a superla tive gift.The authority of the text; the beauty and elegance of the presentation; the glossary, which defines architectural terms that may be unfamiliar to the layman; and the gazetteer, which gives a country-by-country listing of important buildings, with locator maps and a briefdescription ofeach structure’s period and style— all make Great Architecture ofthe World an indispensable and lasting reference.