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World Architecture

The Masterworks

Will Pryce


An accessible, global survey of architecture’s greats


A world of beauty and genius is unveiled in over 350 photographs which take you on an epic journey celebrating the finest examples of architecture from over 2,000 years of civilization.

Deftly splitting the history of architecture into two parts at AD1500, World Architecture: The Masterworks contains over 80 buildings, over 40 of which are featured in detailed photo essays. The book includes both the acknowledged stars – the Pantheon; Hagia Sophia; the great cathedrals of Europe; Islamic masterpieces at Isfahan and Samarkand; the Sydney Opera House – and the unfamiliar – the Hindu temple of Prambanan in Java; the Pilgrimage church of Sainte-Foy at Conques, France; and Santa Maria della Consolazione at Todi, Italy, among others.

World Architecture: The Masterworks is the perfect volume for anyone with even a passing interest in architecture and its crowning achievements.

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'From Angkor Wat to St Paul’s Cathedral and everything in between … a breathtaking tour around all the greats'
Grand Designs

'Sometimes it’s best to stand back and let a building speak for itself, and this beautifully photographed book by architectural specialist Will Pryce does just that … a stunning tribute to architecture as art'
The Bookseller

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 29.3 x 22.8 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 357

Publication date: 30 August 2011

ISBN: 9780500342749

Contents List

Introduction: What is an Architectural Masterwork? • I. Before AD1500 • II. After AD1500

About the Author

Will Pryce, a trained architect and award-winning photographer, is the author of six books, all published by Thames & Hudson.