The Sacred Architecture of Byzantium Hardback

Art, Liturgy and Symbolism in Early Christian Churches

by Nicholas N. Patricios;


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The Sacred Architecture of Byzantium

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The churches of the Byzantine era were built to represent heaven on earth. Architecture, art and liturgy were intertwined in them to a degree that has never been replicated elsewhere, and the symbolism of this relationship had deep and profound meanings. Sacred buildings and their spiritual art underpinned the Eastern liturgical rites, which in turn influenced architectural design and the decoration which accompanied it. Nicholas N Patricios here offers a comprehensive survey, from the age of Constantine to the fall of Constantinople, of the nexus between buildings, worship and art. His identification of seven distinct Byzantine church types, based on a close analysis of 370 church building plans, will have considerable appeal to Byzantinists, lay and scholarly. Beyond categorizing and describing the churches themselves, which are richly illustrated with photographs, plans and diagrams, the author interprets the sacred liturgy that took place within these holy buildings, tracing the development of the worship in conjunction with architectural advances made up to the 15th century.
Focusing on buildings located in twenty-two different locations, this sumptuous book is an essential guide to individual features such as the synthronon, templon and ambo and also to the wider significance of Byzantine art and architecture.

The Sacred Architecture of Byzantium by Nicholas N. Patricios was published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in April 2014. The ISBN for The Sacred Architecture of Byzantium is 9781780762913.

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Is the art work inside suited to removing from book and hanging on the wall in a frame? How many pics inside? Are they of similar beauty to the one you show here? I want to create beautiful Christian prints for my home. Thank you. MANDY and please change my details to mandyqks@gmail

A:Hi Mandy, What a lovely idea! This book is richly illustrated with pictures of varying sizes, these include photographs, plans and diagrams of the art and architecture of Byzantium. I believe that the quality of the pages would lend itself to being used for art prints, though I haven't personally attempted this kind of project. The pages themselves are 246mm in height and 189mm in width. I hope this helps, Nia

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Page last updated 9th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (April 2014)
Weight454g
Number of Pages384
Thickness46 mm
Height246 mm
Width189 mm
ISBN9781780762913
ISBN-101780762917
Product Code4062988
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