A Story of Medieval Georgian Church Architecture and Its Most Remarkable Monument - Oshki

January 27, 2010 - 15:30 - 17:00
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Open to the Public
Dr. Irene Giviashvili (Tbilisi State University)
Department of Medieval Studies

Georgia, converted to Christianity in the early fourth century during Constantine the Great’s time, developed its own original church architecture. Oshki monastery church, built in the mid-tenth century (in modern eastern Turkey) stands as a keystone connecting Georgian architecture with the later Georgian cathedral architecture, with the Athonite Monastic architecture, and with the surrounding Seljuk architecture.

The main stages of the development of Georgian architecture, its stylistic and typological features and connections with the surrounding world will be presented and discussed during the public lecture.

Dr. Irene Giviashvili, earned her PhD from Tbilisi Institute of Georgian Arts, has been a lecturer in Georgian Architecture at Tbilsii State University and the State Academy of Arts Tbilisi, and in 2004 published a book, Tao-Klarjeti, on the Georgian medieval heritage in Turkey. She is a CEU CDC grantee and is working on a new course of lectures: "Art at the Crossroads of Byzantium and the Islamic Worlds."