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how to read a church
on 19 May 2012
the author goes into detail about details of churches, but doesn't mention the obvious. That is: the characteristic Christian symbols incorporated in the architecture itself.
Thus: cathedrals were built in the shape of a cross, representing Christ's cross on Calvary, which is why the crossing of the two axes, though perpendicular to each other, is not at the centre of the main east-west axis. The main longtitudional axis of cathedrals and churches was always east-west, to that both the building and the congregation face east, to Jerusalem. The altar is placed at the east end, not quite at the very end, but where Jesus' head would lie on the cross. The spires point towards heaven.
These are details contained in oral tradition - I learnt these from my teachers at school in the 1950's and 1960's.
It may be that it is because these points are so obvious that they have been omitted from most written works, including a lot of guides produced by individual churches and cathedrals.
Otherwise, a very good book