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Churches (2001)

Introduction by Mario Botta. A New York Times Best Seller, Nonfiction.


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An architectural tour of fifty-nine of the world's most enduring Christian churches, from celebrated landmarks as St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, and Le Corbusier's Chapel at Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp, France, to lesser-known masterpieces, including Tadao Ando’s Church on the Water in Hokkaido, Japan. HarperCollins (160 pp, fully illustrated, 12 x 16”)  

Churches' episodic essay structure recalls the daylong segments of a pilgrimage, suggesting the restlessness of a soul seeking grace. Larry B. Stammer of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Churches “goes beyond the required historical, architectural and engineering details to proffer insights into the transcendent.” O, the Oprah Magazine, hailed it as “magisterial, meticulously researched, and handsomely illustrated.”

Basilica of Santa Croce Florence
Le Corbusier Ronchamp
Truman O Angell Salt Lake Temple
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"Magisterial, meticulously researched, and handsomely illustrated."


O, The Oprah Magazine  

"I have never read a page in a book by Judith Dupré without learning something I didn't know before, something captivating."


Dave Brussat, The Providence Journal 

"Dupré’s accompanying text, based on wide research and interviews with architects and religious historians, is generous with facts, bright with anecdotes, and personal to the extent that the author voices her own analyses, occasionally sardonic, of what makes a religious edifice original and aesthetically superior."


Frederick M. Winship, United Press International 

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