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« on: February 15, 2008, 01:47:20 PM »

Hello!
Maybe this isn't the right place, but I didn't find some other place where this thread would fit.

A friend needs some material about Byzantine, Bulgarian and Polish Orthodox church architecture, especially Bulgarian.
Also something about Orthodox churches with exterior ceramics.
Can you help me, please?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008, 01:22:33 AM »

I do not know of the resources you're requesting, but I have a suggestion for you to pursue your research.  Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery in Etna California, is the Exarchate in America for the Greek Old Calendar Synod in Resistance.  They have close association with the Bulgarian Traditionalist Church in Bulgaria, which constructed a traditional cathedral in Bulgaria, probably in Sofia, within the last decade.  They probably could refer you to a Bulgarian resource.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2008, 11:58:04 PM »

Please clarify what on earth do you mean by ceramic exteriors?  I am totally at a loss.
Do you mean ceramic tiles?  And where?  in the walls?  Or cermic tile roofs?
I have been to Bulgaria but not seen ceramic tiles embedded in the walls.
Also, almost all the memers of the Polish Orthodox Church are Ukrainians by ethnicity.

Do you mean external mosaics?  I have seen external mosaics of icons on the exernal walls of churches in Ukraine and in Bulgaria.  The external mosaics are different from external frescoes.
Please include a reference to a picture to clarify.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 03:50:57 PM »

Thank you for your help. As this wasn't for me, my best guess is ceramic exterior decorations.
Something like this church has, although you can't really see it in the picture.

Maybe the question was about churches in Poland which were build before 1054. I do not have all the data.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 06:47:13 PM »

It might be easier to help if we knew what purpose this info was for. There is  difference in the direction between gaining info for a construction project vs. scholarly work.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 11:42:33 PM »

Thanks for the picture; it makes a difference.  I have seen many churches like the one in the picture in both parts of Bukovyna.
Northern Bukovyna in Ukraine and southern Bucovina in Romania.  The churches are from the 15 to 17th centuries.
I have never seen this style in Bulgaria or Poland but then the architecture is so very different there.
Also I thought the tiles were made of cut squares or pieces of marble plastered onto the wall.  I seem to remember also squares of thick coloured glass in one site.
I am just talking about what I have personally seen and I am not an expert.  I personally have not seem ceramic tiles on exterior walls of churches.
There are books in English on the churches of Bukovyna, so check  a university library card catalogue if available online.
I don't know if this is a long shot but check online at a university history deparment for the e-mail address of an Eastern European history specialist and e-mail the person directly with your question.
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