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Throughout the long and tortuous history of the Jews, the synagogue has been a constant presence and a source of spiritual strength. Playing a symbolic as well as a practical role, it has acted as the focus for the faith of countless Jewish communities all over the world. The significance placed on the synagogue, with its rituals and traditions, emphasises the fact that Judaism is not simply a religion, but a way of life. In this book Harold Meek gradually unfolds the story of the synagogue from its origins in Solomon's Temple to its exuberant Baroque phase in Venice and thence to the classic simplicity of the modern building. Over the course of several millennia, the style of the synagogue has grown and developed, drawing in a vast array of cultural and artistic influences to produce a rich and coherent heritage. A heritage that is always aware of its biblical antecedents and still strongly based on God's commandments to Moses to construct a Tabernacle in the desert. Highly illustrated, with much specially commissioned photography from around the world, this book provides a detailed and comprehensive picture of the synagogue and its decoration. Numerous metropolitan and provincial synagogues, from the flamboyantly Moorish to the sparsely contemporary, are represented as a monument to the art and architecture of Judaism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714829326
ISBN-10: 0714829323
Format: Hardback
(290mm x 250mm x 30mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 11-May-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Harold Meek

Harold Meek read architecture at Manchester University. After serving 12 years as Ancient Monuments Architect to the Government in Northern Ireland, Dr Meek lectured on the history of architecture at Queen's University, Belfast.

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Synagogue by Harold Meek
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