Sit Down and Visit 1000 Sacred Places
Christoph Engels has created a unique resource in 1000 Sacred Places, a book of nearly a thousand pages that is a guide to sacred places throughout the world. Not catering to a particular religion or belief system, 1000 Sacred Places describes sites that include mountains, glaciers, churches, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, temples, and many other places held sacred by earth’s inhabitants. Many of the descriptions are accompanied by color photographs, and Engels has included other related information, as well.
1000 Sacred Places is divided by locality into seven geographical areas: Europe, the Near East, Asia, Africa, North America, Central and South America, and Australia and the Pacific Rim. To make navigating the book easier, each section is color coded. Each site is coded with a symbol designating the religion which holds it holy (at the end of the book there is a chapter introducing the included religions).
Serving also as a geography lesson, 1000 Sacred Places guides the reader from north to south and east to west on a journey that includes stops at a meteor crater in Arizona, Lourdes, and The Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. Although the descriptions of each site are relatively brief, they are crammed with historical and cultural information. Leafing through 1000 Sacred Places is a painless educational experience offering more inspiration than, say, Algebra II, and certainly more stimulating.
Bottom Line: Would I buy 1000 Sacred Places? Yes, it is especially appropriate as a gift for those interested in world religions, history, and spiritualism. Receipt of 1000 Sacred Places is likely to bring out an interest of which the receiver was never aware.