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Shaping the sacred : light and the experience of worship in middle Byzantine churches.

Nesbitt, C. (2012) 'Shaping the sacred : light and the experience of worship in middle Byzantine churches.', Byzantine and modern Greek studies., 36 (2). pp. 139-160.


Byzantine churches have been extensively studied in terms of their architectural development and in their role as places to display religious art. However there has been less research into one of the most fundamental aspects of the Byzantine ritual experience, illumination. In practical terms, churches had to be illuminated sufficiently for worship to take place. In experiential terms, lighting can be seen as the medium by which the iconographic programmes and liturgical practices were staged and enhanced. This paper considers the archaeological and textual evidence linking physical illumination of buildings with the experience of their sacred function.

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