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The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church

Jelena Bogdanovic


The Framing of Sacred Space offers the first topical study of canopies as essential spatial and symbolic units in Byzantine-rite churches. Centrally planned columnar structures—typically comprising four columns and a roof—canopies had a critical role in the modular and additive processes of church design, from actual church furnishings in the shape of a canopy, to the church’s structural core defined by four columns and a dome. As architectonic objects of basic structural and design integrity, canopies integrate an archetypical image of architecture and provide means for an innovative understa ... More

Keywords: Byzantine architecture, canopy (ciborium), medieval architectural design, Eastern Mediterranean, Byzantine-rite church, Constantinople, Balkans, medieval Russia, Jerusalem (Heavenly Jerusalem), sacred space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465186
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jelena Bogdanovic, author
Associate Professor, Iowa State University