The Southern Tower of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia) Cover Image

A gyulafehérvári székesegyház déli tornya
The Southern Tower of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia)

Author(s): Balázs Halmos, Katalin Marótzy, Gergely Domonkos Nagy
Subject(s): Cultural history, Architecture, Middle Ages, Modern Age
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: Bauforschung; architectural survey; cathedral od Saint Michael in Alba Iulia; theoretical reconstruction; medieval building technique; history of the architecture

Summary/Abstract: In 2008–2009 the Department for History of Architecture and of Monuments of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics had made a true-to-form architectural survey on the southern tower of the Cathedral of Saint Michael in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia, RO). The true-to-form architectural survey is based on the method used in “Bauforschung”, the building archaeology practice developed and widely used in Germany. In this context, survey is not only a tool of documentation but is considered as a research method in itself. We had the possibility to piece together the on-the-spot analysis with the research of archives, too. In the following study we try to add new opinions and to modulate the formerly known building-history of the southern tower. The building of this part of the Cathedral begun in the second part of the 13th century, the last bigger work was taken in 1856. Our research makes an attempt to divide the different periods of the design, and the various restorations on the facades. The work undertaken is not completed, we expect to carry on the survey of the interior in the immediate future.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: VI-VII
  • Page Range: 217-239
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Hungarian