Church of St John Aliturgеtos, Nessebar: History of Its Early Exploration Cover Image
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Църквата „Св. Йоан Алитургeтос” в Несебър: история на ранните ѝ проучвания
Church of St John Aliturgеtos, Nessebar: History of Its Early Exploration

Author(s): Stanislav Stanev
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Architecture, Visual Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: A project of the same title on the preservation and conservation of the medieval Church of St John Aliturgеtos, Nessebar implemented currently by a team of the Bulgarian National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, briefly BNC of ICOMOS, underlies this article. The study, seeking to find, systematise and present the available mostly in the publications until the mid-twentieth century textual, graphical and photographic information, comprises above all the explorations of arch. Alexander Rashenov; Peter Mutafchiev; Max Zimmerman; G. Balş and Nicolae Ghika-Budeşti; of the unknown until the 1960s arch. Petr P. Pokryshkin; the Škorpil brothers, Karel and Hermenegild; Konstantin Jireček and Felix Kanitz. Prior to Felix Kanitz’s visit in 1872, the church was explored by the Frenchmen Xavier Hommaire de Hell and Jules Laurеnes, who visited the town in 1846. Two drawings from nature by Laurеnes were published in 1859, in an album of lithographs, put out as v. 2 of Hommaire de Hell’s accounts of his travels in Turkey and Persia. Alongside these two prints, reproduced in 1912 by Romanians Balş and Ghika-Budeşti, Laurеnes also made a sketch (croquis) of the church plan with an explanatory text. Published in 1860 at the end of v. 4, the last one of the travel notes, these were placed next to the sketch and notes pertaining to another church in Messembria, that of Christ Pantocrator, incorrectly given as Saint-Michel archange. The fact that the plans and the notes happen to be the earliest records of these two churches, affords ground for reproducing them in this article.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 19-24
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian