Caves of God: Cappadocia and Its Churches

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Oxford University Press, Aug 3, 1989 - Social Science - 308 pages
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There exists perhaps no site more arresting than the strange rockscape of Cappadocia in central Turkey. Buried within the heart of this incredible vision of shapes and colors lie hundreds of monasteries and churches where Christian communities lived and prayed for the greater part of two millennia. This comprehensive study explores the land and hidden monuments of Christian Cappadocia. Spiro Kostof has written a readable, general introduction to the rockcut architecture of Cappadocia and its painted decoration and a critical review of the current state of scholarship on the subject. Focusing on the physical setting, the buildings, and painting programs in the context of their creation, he discusses the nature and historical background of monasticism in Cappadocia; depicts the builders, artists, and patrons who created the monuments; and describes the sources and meaning of the particular types of buildings and painting programs. This detailed account of the region and its monuments also includes revealing line drawings of plans, elevations, and cross sections, a glossary of terms, notes, a bibliography, and an index, as well as a new introduction for this edition.

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Contents

Hermitages 47 Monasteries 51 Monastic Centers 58 Facades
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Churches 76 ThreeAisled Basilica OneAisled Basilica 77 The Early Christian
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Folk Decoration 146 Painters 150 Donors 153 The Iconography of Saints
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About the Author:
Spiro Kostofis Professor of Architectural History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author ofA History of ArchitectureandAmerica by Design, and the editor ofThe Architect.

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