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Сполиите в Боянската черква: строителен материал или реликви
Spolia in the Boyana Church: Building Material or Relics

Author(s): Iva Doseva
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Subject of this study are architectural details, used as secondary spolia in the Boyana church. In both construction periods fragments of reliefs have been used in the construction of the church and the capital. The spolia come from Roman and Early Byzantine periods. The general direction of the secondary use of material is visible in the Boyana church as well, however there are also some specific features. As in most churches, where details have been places in the walls, with attention to their relief, in spite of the fact they were plastered over. Hence, without being treated as ordinary building material, their functions is not decorative. Spolia have a substantial ideological function, seen as relics as well as apotropeic means. The placing of spolia in the Boyana church is also seen in the context of the periodical revival of interest towards Byzantine culture, towards Antiquity and the Golden Age of Justinian.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 7-12
  • Page Count: 6