Temples of Knowledge - Historical Libraries of The Western World

Photographs by Ahmet Ertug

This book offers a visual journey into the ancient libraries of Europe through the eyes of Ahmet Ertug. The book displays unique and magnificent libraries in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, England and Ireland. A total of 30 historical libraries are presented in the book. This limited edition book is created by master printers and binders in Italy. The exquisite volume is limited to 400 hand-crafted, leather-bound volumes. The book has 160 pages, 51 single page images, printed at 16 by 20 inches and 49 double page images, printed at 20 by 24 inches. All pages are hand attached to the spine of the book, avoiding stitching through the images. The publishers also offer a "portfolio" edition of 32 unfolded image plates presented in a leatherboundcase. Only 100 copies of this version have been produced.

To view a high resolution slideshow of photographs from the book, visit www.templesofknowledge.com

This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.

Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008