For centuries churches have been a key part of the landscape of the world. In this book, David Stancliffe takes us back to the earliest churches, showing how they were conceived as spaces for worship. The reader see their historical development from the early Roman house churches, through Byzantine, Romanesque and on to Gothic. With the Reformation came significant change in the religious landscape and these changes are described and the journey to the modern understanding of church architecture explored. This book is produced in full colour illustrated style with photography, cutaways and line drawings.