Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture

Keith Critchlow

We take it as a first principle that we not only live in a cosmos but are ourselves a total reflection of this cosmos. After we acknowledge this reflective principle, the next step is to see the necessity of fabricating or expressing a means whereby we can appreciate the unity between ourselves and the whole, and thereby potentially become whole ourselves. This introduces the principle of the Mesocosm, the Temenos or sacred space into which we enter to contemplate the unity between ourselves as creatures and the One we conceive as Creator.

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Originally published in Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science, edited by Christopher Bamford, Lindisfarne Books, 1994. Republished here with thanks.