From the cave to the cathedral: a journey through time and in the geography of the places of worship of many religions.
At the beginning there is a place. It can be on a lawn, in a cave, in a forest, in the desert, near a spring.
It is the place, surrounded by stones or poles, where men go to talk to the gods and to celebrate ceremonies. Then temples, pyramids, synagogues, churches, mosques, pagodas will be built: buildings of all shapes dedicated to cults and religions. Templi tells this: the places where humanity has brought joys and fears, desires and hopes since the dawn of time. A world tour that goes from Stonehenge to Easter Island, from Jerusalem to Mecca, from New York to Moscow. A journey through time that starts from the prehistoric caves and reaches the Sikh temples in the Po Valley today. Because cults and religions, like people, never stand still and run for thousand years and thousand miles.
Pia Valentinis won the 21st edition of the «Andersen Prize» in the Best illustrator category. She illustrated numerous children’s books with Italian and foreign publishing houses.
Giancarlo Ascari is a publicist, illustrator, author of comics with the pseudonym of Elfo. He has written and illustrated with Pia Valentinis books for children published in Italy, France, England, Russia.