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Publisher:  OakChylde Books/Lulu Press Inc. ISBN-10:  1105474232 Type: 


Copyright:  January 2012 ISBN-13:  9781105474231

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The second in a series of monographs about America's cities and the hidden symbolism which adorns many of their public buildings. Available now on Kindle and in paperback from

The historic city of Pittsburgh has been the home to Native Americans and immigrants from around the world. It is also home to a large variety of gargoyles, grotesques and monsters carved in stone and adorning banks, government buildings and churches. Today thanks to a city that cares about it's past these icons can be found at the Dollar Bank, the Marine Bank, Union Arcade, the county courthouse, jail and mortuary and Pittsburgh's First Presbyterian Church among other locations. Once a mighty steel producer Pittsburgh today features world class universities, museums and medical facilities as well as a hidden world of arcane images in stone. Pittsburgh has one of the largest concentrations of gargoyles and ancient imagery outside of the United Kingdom. Profusely illustrated. This is the second in a series of books about America's cities and the hidden symbols they contain.  

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Reader Reviews for "Hidden in Plain Sight II - Pittsburgh"

Reviewed by Gary Varner 10/17/2012
Hi Margaret! Yes you are right. The dragon is a special symbol in many ways. Unfortunately the show was really tight and they moved me along at a fast clip and I was unable to show so much more that I had discussed with them. Oh well. I enjoy doing them but, like now, I am waiting on the History Channel to come up with a schedule. Another hurry up and wait situation. I believe I prefer writing! I am currently working on a book about cupule rock art around the world which is taking most of my time but at least it keeps me occupied even though I won't be able to retire on it!

Reviewed by Margaret Blake 10/17/2012
Hi again Gary, I watched your video on the symbols in Sacremento ... did read a few months ago that the Romans took this symbol on board, but I believe it goes way back into Celtic Pagan tradition (I haven't read your books so therefore I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know LOL). With the dragon , I have read somewhere that the symbol was also used on ancient maps as a place that was uncharted, ie - the unknown. I have a painting on my wall which actually has the pirst pillar out of eight, I believe he represents some sort of gatekeeper to the underworld ... Just love this stuff ... Cheers Margaret

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