A Glimpse of Heaven, was published in November 2007 and celebrates the beauty and history of more than 100 of the finest Roman Catholic churches and cathedrals in England and Wales by English Heritage in collaboration with the Patrimony Committee of the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The book is the first ever of its kind and is aimed at a broad non-specialist audience. It argues that Catholic buildings in England and Wales have been undervalued and overlooked despite major achievement in terms of design and originality and their obvious contribution to British architecture.
This book has a lively and informative text and stunning photography specially commissioned for the book. Each chapter is devoted to a milestone in the history of the Catholic Church since the Reformation, with a short, informative introduction followed by a description of each church complementing Alex Ramsay’s photographs.
In his foreword to the book, His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor writes: “I have always been susceptible to the beauty of art and architecture. I believe that good architecture can be a bridge to religious experience. However, I do not consider myself an architectural expert which is why this book, intended for the non specialist reader, is such a revelation. The Catholic heritage in this country is in many ways a hidden heritage, under-sung and under-appreciated…this book is a testimony to the renewed interest and sense of pride in its heritage which the Catholic community has developed in recent years.” See more here A Glimpse of Heaven
Publised by English Heritage ISBN-13: 978-1850749707