Havens in a Heartless City

Urban Churches and Experiencing the Sublime

Andrew P . Lynch University of Sydney

Abstract Since the publication of Georg Simmel’s seminal essay The Metropolis and Mental Life (1903), the frenetic sensory impact of urban life has been well established. Like a number of cities around the world, Sydney has a large central business district (CBD) that is home to corporate offices and public buildings, including museums and galleries, but few permanent residents. On the other hand, Sydney has a number of successful churches located within its CBD.  These churches are open throughout the week and attract numerous visitors each day who attend liturgies or drop in for periods of quiet prayer or reflection. 

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