Throughout time, the clergy, architects, builders, engineers and designers sought to use light to enhance, emphasize and define space. Religious structures particularly were infused with a mysterious smokey light or luminously falling shafts of light that illuminated and emphasized the sacred areas and articles of worship. Whether light played over prayer books, the statuary, images or the alter itself, light has always been channeled as a vehicle for messages from above. The Incas constructed Machu Pitchu to receive a single shaft of light just once a year, as well as to burnish the entrances to what historians believe to be Inca holey places. Gothic Churches were designed so that the devine light poured into the nave of the church to illuminate the way to the alter. However the light was transmitted, it added enormously to the religious experience.
Light has many uses and allures. Employing light to augment religious experiences creates wonder, great beauty and an impact possibly like no other.
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To learn more about light and religious structures visit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_architecture