This is both an interdisciplinary course treating architecture and religion and a multi-cultural course covering paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The course will investigate a representative sample of sacred sites and shrines of these faiths, with a focus on architecture. It will examine why these places became holy to certain religions, what the concept of "sacred" or "holy" meant to them, how the human and divine commingled, why the peoples of these faiths built shrines at given localities, how the shrines were designed to accommodate the faithful, how it is that some of the sites actually served or continue to serve different religions simultaneously, whether the original purposes and rituals marking these sites have changed over time, and how architectural forms were made to follow function. Slides and some clips from films will be shown, and there will be readings. Assignments include quizzes, short papers, group reports, and a written examination.