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Art of Faith: Season 1

Art of Faith: Season 1

3 Episodes

Art of Faith I is a sumptuous visual experience exploring the architecture and art of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Presented and narrated by the broadcaster, John McCarthy, the series visits many of the greatest and most significant religious buildings, exploring how the passions and complexities of religious beliefs have been expressed in architecture.

Looking back over the last 3000 years, the series provides an insight into how we have celebrated art through faith. With contributions from architects, scholars and worshippers, the series explains the buildings’ genesis, laying down the brush strokes of the sites’ design, whilst looking at the shared elements and contrasts between religions and the aesthetics of the places of worship.

Art of Faith: Season 1
  • Christianity

    Episode 1

    Across the world, there’s an astonishing variety of buildings, ancient and modern, humble and grand, that are sacred to Christianity.

    More than mosques and synagogues, Christian places for praise and devotion have been created in every conceivable size and shape. And often their form is a functi...

  • Judaism

    Episode 1

    Judaism visits one of the earliest synagogues on the mountain fort of Masada, the Gothic Old-New Synagogue in Prague and nineteenth-century houses of worship in Budapest, Liverpool and New York, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Beth Sholom, near Philadelphia.

  • Islam

    Episode 3

    How do very different mosques across the world express the fundamentals of Islam? And what are the stories of other buildings of the faith, like madrassas – the religious schools – and mausoleums?

    Islam travels to a diverse range of Islamic places of worship in Agra, Córdoba, Istanbul, Jerusalem...