Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople: by Vasileios Marinis

By Vasileios Marinis

This ebook examines the interchange of structure and formality within the heart and overdue Byzantine church buildings of Constantinople (ninth to 15th centuries). It employs archaeological and archival facts, hagiographic and old assets, liturgical texts and commentaries, and monastic typika and testaments to combine the structure of the medieval church buildings of Constantinople with liturgical and extra-liturgical practices and their continually evolving social and cultural context. The e-book argues opposed to the procedure that has ruled Byzantine reports: that of useful determinism, the view that architectural shape constantly follows liturgical functionality. as an alternative, continuing bankruptcy via bankruptcy throughout the areas of the Byzantine church, it investigates how structure spoke back to the exigencies of the rituals, and the way church areas ultimately obtained new makes use of. The church construction is defined within the context of the tradition and other people whose wishes it was once always tailored to serve. instead of viewing church buildings as frozen in time (usually the time whilst the final brick was once laid), this examine argues that they have been social constructs and so have been by no means accomplished, yet constantly evolving.

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