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Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys of France [Hardcover]

By Terryl Kinder (Author)
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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.28" Width: 10.16" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   3.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2000
Publisher   Harry N. Abrams
ISBN  0810941163  
EAN  9780810941168  

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The heart of Cistercian Architecture, writes Terryl Kinder 'lies in its power to transform...' David Heald luminous photographs offer loving witness to the bare brilliance, power and subtlety of the environment of prayer, silence and work created by twelfth-century white monks.

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A Higher Order Of Existence  Jun 17, 2001
Architecture of Silence is a finely wrought volume of exceptional interest and beauty. Its temporal actuality immediately evokes the devotional themes which are contained within its pages. The book feels like a sacred text which was printed and bound by hand, out of love.

Cistercian cenobites understood that interior spaces were at least as significant and meaningful in the natural order of things as surface manifestations. They believed that divinity resides in places that cannot necessarily be seen or immediately sensed. Architecture Of Silence conveys splendidly the essence of this belief as expressed through the physical monuments they created in worship.

Impressions to die for.  Jan 10, 2001
Heald is head photographer for the Guggenheim Museum of New York. He is far more than an expert photographic technician, however. The book exemplifies uncompromisingly conscious, staggeringly sensitive image making. As he composed and developed these images, Heald must have had a vivifying rapport with the same extraordinary source of energy and insight that infused the psyches of the original builders of these Abbeys. Wonderful. Inspiring. Awesome. Excellent essay too.
A spiritual feast for the eyes and the soul !  Dec 19, 2000
I was on a spiritual pilgrimage in France in October 2000, and I toured most of the abbeys that are featured in this book. I did not see this book until after I returned from France, and I must admit that the photos in this text are the most impressive of all the books that I have viewed on Cistercian architecture. I love this book ! The photographer has been able to capture the peace, simplicity, and soul of these medieval monuments. How many photography books actually bring your spirit to a deeper level of tranquility? This one surely will. The introduction is beautifully written and was composed by The expert and scholar of Cistercian architecture. I also recommend another excellent book on this subject: Cistercians: Monks and Monasteries of Europe, by Stephen Tobin.
An excellent book  Nov 16, 2000
Louis Kahn would have loved this book. Silence and beauty permeate its pages. Intense.

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