Making a Landscape Sacred: Outlying Churches and Icon Stands in Sphakia, Southwestern Crete [Paperback]

Lucia Nixon (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842172063 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2006 | Language: English 184p, H242 x W170 (mm) 16p col illus




Making a Landscape Sacred

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This book examines the landscape in southwestern Crete from AD 1000-2000, using a phenomenological approach. Specifically, the positioning of outlying churches (exokklisia) and icon stands (eikonostasia) around Sphakia is looked at, in terms of spatial and social reasoning. What is certainly clear, is that people choose the location of sacred buildings particularly carefully, so the locations themselves cannot be seen as random. Routes, resources and boundaries are all factors but primarily these locations are symbolic: such monuments mark, protect and preserve the memory of significant locations in the landscape.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Intellectual background
Individual churches and icon stands: Description, location and explanation
Landscape study of Anopoli and Frangokastello
Chronological evolution of the sacred landscape of Sphakia, late Roman - early 20th century
Conclusions
Appendices

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