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« on: September 27, 2010, 10:34:54 PM »

A friend of mine was at St. Antony Monastery on Saturday.  She met a priest there from Riverside who mentioned that his church was shaped like Noah's ark.  I had a hard time visualizing that, but then I think I found it on the internet:

http://www.stminariverside.org/fgallery/1








Very cool.  I'm wondering if this is at all a traditional theme in Coptic church architecture?

 
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 11:25:45 PM »

Now this is sparking an old memory in the back of my brain about a small church I once saw in Ireland years and years ago.  It was the Gallarus Oratory.  It's very ancient and shaped like a boat, although it's not nearly as elaborate as the Coptic church above:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallarus_Oratory

Maybe the boat shape really was a commonly used form of architecture in early times.

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 12:19:55 AM »

A friend of mine was at St. Antony Monastery on Saturday.  She met a priest there from Riverside who mentioned that his church was shaped like Noah's ark.  I had a hard time visualizing that, but then I think I found it on the internet:


I think that looks awesome Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2010, 01:05:03 AM »

Very cool.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2010, 02:34:13 AM »

Looks ever so slightly like Notre Dame en Paris (particularly the back of it, that is).
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2010, 02:10:33 PM »

According to Rev. Fr. Tadros El-Bakhoumi in Ritual Theology I, this is one of the three traditional shapes of a Coptic church.  The other two are cross and circle (see COEPA website for this reference-- http://www.coepa.org/downDetails.php?pageNum_titleDetails=1&nav=downloads&cat_id=1&subcat_id=23&thrdcat_id=29&totalRows_titleDetails=20.  
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2010, 05:39:53 PM »

According to Rev. Fr. Tadros El-Bakhoumi in Ritual Theology I, this is one of the three traditional shapes of a Coptic church.  The other two are cross and circle (see COEPA website for this reference-- http://www.coepa.org/downDetails.php?pageNum_titleDetails=1&nav=downloads&cat_id=1&subcat_id=23&thrdcat_id=29&totalRows_titleDetails=20.  

When I was in Cairo, I was taken to an old Coptic church (sorry, I don't remember the name) which I was told was built in the shape of Noah's ark.

By the way, what a good library of downloadable books! Thank you for the link!
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2010, 05:47:17 PM »

I was thinking it would be some kind of modernist nightmare but it actually looks pretty good.
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2010, 02:03:03 PM »

They look Great!
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