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HOLY SITES ENCIRCLED: THE EARLY BYZANTINE CONCENTRIC CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM. Vered Shalev-Hurvitz. Oxford University Press, 2015. Oxford Studies in Byzantium. 468 pp. with 146 ills. (65 col.). 25 x 17 cm. LC 2013-953499 ISBN 9780199653775 In English.
Publisher's description: The round and octagonal churches of Jerusalem were the earliest of their kind. Powerful, monumental structures, recalling imperial mausolea and temples, they enshrined the holiest sites of Christianity. Constantine himself ordered the building of the first ones immediately after the council of Nicaea (325), his main objective being the authentication of Jesus's existence in Jerusalem in accordance with the council's resolutions, but the sites he chose in Palestine also obliterated reminiscences of Jewish or Pagan domination. Holy Sites Encircled demonstrates that all four concentric churches of Jerusalem encircled new holy sites exclusively relating to the corporeal existence of Jesus or Mary, and that they were self-contained, and apse-less because the liturgy, including the Mass, was performed from the venerated centre. Offering intimate concentric spaces, as well as perpetual processions around these sites, they promoted the development of new feasts, shaping the city's liturgy and that of the whole Christian world. They were found especially suitable to compete with former religious landmarks and therefore many of their descendants outside Jerusalem were cathedrals.
Indexing: Western, Byzantine — Israel — 300 A.D.-1400 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166167
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