The iconic katholikon of the Holy Monastery of Greatest Lavra, erected in 963, is the first of the big katholikons on the peninsula, in reality initiating the building history of the monasteries of Mount Athos in the form we know today.

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    Τhe Katholikon of the Lavra is an iconic building for the history of Mount Athos, since it represents the first of the big katholikons erected on the peninsula, in effect initiating the building history of the monasteries of Mount Athos in the form we know today. In addition, it is a building firmly dated to 963, and exact dating is scarce for Middle Byzantine buildings, even for the most important. Also, the circumstances of its foundation and construction are largely documented and well-known. However, the Katholikon has a limited presence in the international bibliography, mainly thanks to the studies by Panos Mylonas. Nonetheless, until today, no monograph that deals with the entire building, its history, its influences, and its successive phases, with detailed drawings and photographs, has ever been written. Based on detailed computer-designed drawings and new photographs, this monograph attempts to fill this gap, offering a detailed and methodical study of the history and architecture of the Katholikon.

    Four appendices are included: the first concerns the ceramic decoration of the nave with Iznik tiles, the second offers a corpus of the churches with column-supported narthexes-litae, the third, which was authored by Dr. Vasiliki Sythiakakis-Kritsimallis, deals with the subject of the marble decoration of the church, and the fourth is a synopsis of the churches with domes on cylindrical drums.

    An extensive English and Russian summary is also included.

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    Weight 1300 g
    Dimensions 22 × 28 cm
    Binding

    Pages 272
    Images 180
    Drawings 45
    • VOYADJIS SOTIRIS

      Born in Athens in 1954. He studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens 1972-1977 and took his MSc Degree in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (1977-1979). In 1997 he was awarded a doctorate in Architectural History from the NTUA on the topic of 16th century ecclesiastical architecture in Central Greece. After a brief engagement with the restoration of traditional buildings in the Arab countries as an employee of the Doxiadis Office (1981-1983), he became a civil servant working at the Mount Athos Heritage Preservation Center in Thessaloniki, occupied in the maintenance of traditional buildings in Mount Athos and later in the Ministry of Culture. In 1993, after 10 years in public service, he resigned and founded the Architectural Bureau of Special Studies "Sotiris Voyadjis and Associates" and is still privately occupied with restoration studies of traditional buildings and the rehabilitation of traditional city centers. He considers that his most important projects he has dealt with are the Nea Moni in Chios, the Panagia Skripou in Boeotia, the monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos in Patmos and Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Paros. At the same time he is occupied with the History of Architecture. He has authored 3 books and about 50 articles in specialist journals, and has repeatedly appeared with lectures and announcements at conferences and other events. Detailed works can be found in: Academia.edu/Sotiris Voyadjis Finally she is married to Meni Voyadji and has a daughter and granddaughter.

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SOTIRIS VOYADJIS

THE KATHOLIKON OF THE HOLY MONASTERY OF GREATEST LAVRA ON MOUNT ATHOS
History and Architecture

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The iconic katholikon of the Holy Monastery of Greatest Lavra, erected in 963, is the first of the big katholikons on the peninsula, in reality initiating the building history of the monasteries of Mount Athos in the form we know today.

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