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Holy Places: Sacred Sites in Catholicism  by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua

Published by Viking Studio, (2002)

Sacred sites are as old as mankind. In the Roman Catholic world, the hundreds of places honored as holy continue to inspire intense feelings of religious faith and, many believe, to perform miracles. The pilgrims who visit these sites yearly number in the hundreds, thousands, and even millions. In Holy Places, writer Barbara Calamari and artist Sandra DiPasqua offer an inspirational and informative guide to the religious and cultural meaning of these special places.
Lavishly illustrated with images from Western art, photographs, stained glass, artists’ renderings, and holy cards, this book focuses on ten of the most well-known holy sites: the cathedral of Chartres, Santiago de Compostela, and St. Peter’s Basilica; the catacombs in Rome; Croagh Patrick, a rocky cliff in Ireland from which Saint Patrick expelled the demons; the sanctuary in the church of ChimayĆ³ in New Mexico, where the soil is said to have miraculous properties; and many more.
Including a full history and description of each site, Holy Places will make the perfect gift for the armchair traveler, the would-be pilgrim, and all readers interested in Christianity.

BARBARA CALAMARI is a freelance writer who has worked in both film and television.

SANDRA DIPASQUA is a graphic designer and art director.