Alive with images and symbols, churches and cathedrals were originally built to be read. But today few people understand the wealth of meaning in what they find there. Illustrated with glorious colour photographs, How to Read a Church is for anybody who wants to know more about what they see. It explains the significance of church layout, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details such as the use of colours and letters. This sumptious book provides a fascinating guide to the history, meanings and messages of these beautiful buildings and the treasures they contain.