Natalia B. Teteriatnikov The liturgical planning of Byzantine churches in Cappadocia
Loyola Pr | 1996 | ISBN: 8872103126 | 240 pages | PDF | 38 MB
An examination of the liturgical planning in the Byzantine province of Cappadocia, Teteriatnikov aims to identify the manner in which these rock-cut churches were used (25-28), to search for their architectural roots, and to trace their development from the early Christian period through the 13th century, the final period of activity in Cappadocian ecclesiastical foundations. Unfolding against the background of various historical events (e.g., the political consolidation of the region from Christianization through the Byzantine empire, the Arab invasion, iconoclasm, and the Turkish occupation), Teteriatnikov attempts to provide a basis for a historical understanding of church planning within a particular province with a particular geographical, administrative, and social setting (28-31). Taking a synthetic approach, her comparative study of the rock-cut churches of Cappadocia combines aspects of liturgical planning with burial customs, as well as social and topographic aspects, to reveal the changes and modifications in planning and furnishings over time. She argues that the formation of Cappadocian church liturgical planning developed side by side with the growth of art, ritual, and society (25-31).
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