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Great Sacred Places of the World

The Interplay of Architecture and Faith

Evening Program

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0061
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
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A view of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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The world's most sacred places have the power to move and connect people, no matter their own beliefs. Architecture plays a key role in making that possible, seen in structures in which metaphors give physical form to tenets of faith. The reach of a cathedral spire, the design of a mosque dome, the setting of a temple, or the interior of a synagogue can capture and communicate centuries of religious traditions and cultural influences.

Architect Travis Price leads a global visual pilgrimage to examine how metaphor and architectural elements such as light, geometry, material, scale, and proportion have shaped some of the most revered sacred places and spaces, as well as how that heritage influences architects today. He covers locations that range from Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia; an historic Shinto shrine in Kyoto to Antonio Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona; and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the contemporary Cathedral of Christ the Light in California.

Price is the founder and principal of Travis Price Architects in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*


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Smithsonian Connections

Nearly 140 years after ground was broken, one of the world’s most boldy designed sacred spaces remains unfinished. Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia, the vision of Antonio Gaudi, has long been beset by construction woes, but a development last year may have set the basilica—declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on the path to completion. Smithsonian magazine reports on the potential progress.

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.