The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: religious architecture of the world
Lecturer: Jon Cannon
Location: The Anglican Church of St Thomas Beckett
This lecture explores the architecture of the major religions of humanity. It lays out the resulting developments in chronological order, revealing a global narrative of 'sacred space'. While it does this, it reveals how the beliefs of each faith help to shape its architecture, presenting a distinctive series of creative possibilities that went on to be explored by designers of genius.
Jon Cannon wrote 'Cathedral: the Great English Cathedrals and the World that Made Them' (2007), and presented BBC television's How to Build a Cathedral. 'The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: Decoding Temples, Mosques, Churches and other Places of Worship around the World' was published in 2013; the Shire book of Medieval Architectural Style the following year. He is currently working on a major book on geology and place in the British landscape. Other publications include numerous works for English Heritage and academic volumes on West Country churches.
He is a part-time lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Bristol. He holds a degree in the History of Art from the University of Sussex, gives lectures and study days and leads tours on medieval church art, architecture and history. He is lay canon (Keeper of the Fabric) at Bristol Cathedral and Council Member, British Archaeological Association.
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