The Design and Architecture of Sacred Sites

2257 WordsFeb 21, 20189 Pages
Introduction: Hypothesis- “The design of sacred sites facilitates rituals and reflects an approach to the divine.” The design and architecture of sacred sites, is considered to be a highly important aspect in the correct functioning of rituals that take place within, namely two main world religions: Christianity/Catholicism and Judaism. “Christianity has a close relationship with Judaism, both historically and theologically. Jesus, the twelve disciples, the author of most of the New Testament and the members of the earliest Christian churches were all Jews. Jesus' family also followed Jewish customs and Jesus frequently quoted the Hebrew Bible. Followers of Jesus believe him to be the Messiah which was a figure predicted in the Jewish Bible.”(Religion Facts, 2014) Rituals through both these religions help the participant gain a sense of closeness to their divine being and aid their faith in ways such meditation, prayer, reflection and celebration. This report will aim to explain how these sacred sites are designed in order to facilitate rituals and reflect a persons experience and closeness with the divine as they partake in the sacred rituals of their religion. Methods of research (primary/secondary sources): On the 27th March 2014, St Augustine’s visited St Stephens Cathedral and the Brisbane City Synagogue. Primary evidence was collected from both these sacred sites through the tour guides that gave the students knowledge and understanding about
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