The Landscape Guide

16.20 Religious parks

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Many religions have distinctive ways of managing outdoor space. The Zen garden, the Christian cloister and the Islamic courtyard are celebrated examples. Followers of different religions could be given the opportunity to design and manage public open spaces in a religious manner. Most religions have a great number of symbols, which could become themes in outdoor design. Some religions describe sacred rivers and mountains. Perhaps some churches would like to adopt adjoining parkspace, or make their churchyards into parks. Excepting the case of nature worship, the idea of creating outdoor religious space has fallen into desuetude.

See notes on the history of Sacred Space