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Author Coomans, Thomas, author
Title Life inside the cloister : understanding monastic architecture : tradition, reformation, adaptive reuse / Thomas Coomans
Imprint Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  NA4850 .C67 2018    AVAILABLE    30610020595344
Descript 176 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series KADOC Studies on religion, culture & society ; v 21
KADOC studies on religion, culture, and society ; 21
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-168), filmography (page 168) and indexes
Introduction: understanding monastic architecture -- Origins: organising sacred space and time -- Building types: identities and reformations -- Characters: embodying the sacred -- Afterlife: adaptive reuse and heritagisation -- Conclusion: tradition, heritage and the spirit of the place
"Sacred architecture as reality and metaphor in secularised Western society. Christian monasteries and convents, built throughout Europe for the best part of 1,500 years, are now at a crossroads. This study attempts to understand the sacred architecture of monasteries as a process of the tangible and symbolic organisation of space and time for religious communities. Despite the weight of seemingly immutable monastic tradition, architecture has contributed to developing specific religious identities and played a fundamental part in the reformation of different forms of religious life according to the changing needs of society. The cloister is the focal point of this book because it is both architecture, a physically built reality, and a metaphor for the religious life that takes place within it. Life Inside the Cloister also addresses the afterlife and heritagisation of monastic architecture in secularised Western society"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Cloisters (Architecture) -- Western countries
Monastic and religious life -- Western countries
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