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Barbarian aesthetics by BricksandStones Barbarian aesthetics by BricksandStones
This is the pre-Romanesque church of the Holy Trinity, located in the suburbs of the city of Split in modern Croatia. The exact date of its construction is not recorded but its architecture indicates a period between the 8th and 11th centuries. While most tourists visiting Split today are understandably interested in the spectacular ruins of the roman palace constructed there for the emperor Diocletian in the late 3rd and early 4th century (today on UNESCO list) I think this small structure really adds to the experience of the site. It shows a period of transition. By that time the enormous Roman palace was already destroyed but its ruined walls were still inhabited by Roman or Greek refugees clinging to what was left of the Roman imperial heritage and Byzantine trade. Just outside the massive walls of the Roman palace however, the new type of structures already began to appear signalling the formation of a new, early medieval state dominated by Slavs who settled in the region at the end of the barbarian migrations.

Ps. Similar rotundas were frequently constructed in other early medieval states north of Croatia, for example in Great Moravia or later in Poland or Bohemia
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Searleit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Monument zmian - zdecydowanie, i mam wrażenie że takie miejsca lepiej obrazują tak wielkie 
zmiany jak ta o której tu piszesz, niż dekrety i unie odnotowane tu czy tam.
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
hmmm, to ciekawe co piszesz - przypomina mi sie konflikt jaki czesto jest dyskutowany miedzy historykami a historykami sztuki czy archeologami. Bardzo czesto okresy ktore historycy oceniaja jako ciezkie czasy okazuje sie bardzo dobre dla gospodarki i tworza sporo zabytkow. Na przyklad wojna domowa w Anglii miedzy Matylda a Stefanem jest uwazana przez hisotrykow jako bardzo trudny okres regresu podczas chociaz okazuje sie ze powstalo w tym czasie wiecej opactw i kosciolow oraz innych przepieknych (i bogatych!) zabytkow niz za panowania silnych krolow jak Henryk I czy II ktorych lubia tak historycy. Tak samo w Polsce najwiecej zabytkow sztuki wczesnosredniowiecznej powstalo w czasie rozbicia dzielnicowego. Z tej perspektywy to byl zloty okres o wiele lepszy i bardziej tworczy niz czasy Krzywoustego ktory jest jednym z moich ulubionych krolow. Tak ze zmiany odnotowywane w archeologii np. poprzez gestosc wystepowania monet czy poprzez zabytki czesto sa inne niz te opisane w kronikach - znowu sie rozgadalem - dzieki za komentarz - jak zawsze bardzo mi milo!
Searleit Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Z tym tworzeniem nowego zawsze jest jakoś tak, że w 
czasach kryzysu gospodarczego i ogólnie czasach kryzysu 
lepiej się rowzija paradoksalnie - znakomita większość 
Polskich pieśni religijnych krążących wokół pewnych obszarów
powstało za Zaborów, kiedy był to jeden z czynników
jednoczących, to samo przecież z poezją i innymi podobnymi 
dziełami - niby Polska oficjalnie nie istniała, a jednak 
powstawało tego więcej niż w okresach uważanych za lepsze
tak jak mówisz. Mi równierz :)
calimer00 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
In the western part of the roman empire round churches were rather seldom. (The typical roman basilica style was prevailing) Rome itself has just one: St. Stefano Rotondo. There is still no evidence on the question why this church was built as a rotund.
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Certainly, rotundas and domed structures were more popular in the East than the west that is true. In medieval ages the Byzantine culture kept influencing Europe and domed churches were occasionally constructed not just in Italy but in Southern France as well. This type of simple rotunda was very popular in early medieval central Europe, here are some examples (Polish and other) [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] Unfortunatly the text is in Polish but I hope the photos can show the architecture of these round churches. This is obviously before the crusades, templars and the influence of the round churches of JErusalem... Anyway, thank you very much for the comment, I am really glad you sometimes browse my photos! Thanks again and sorry late response!
The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot! Could those arched features have been windows at some point in its existence?
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thank you! I hate to sound so repetetive but I am really glad you like it! To be honest I am not a specialist in this, my work deals mainly with crusader Baltic and Eastern Mediteranean, but I think it is not impossible. The church had some windows at its eastern end, opposite to the entrance so perhaps originally there were some more windows which have just been walled up later. Alternatively these are just decorative elements which seems a bit more likely as they are a bit wider than the surviving windows and it there is usually only one window in each apse rather than 3. here is a Polish example - it is fairly famous in Poland becouse it is printed on Polish money (on 20 zl note) [link] Anyway, as always, thank you very much for the comment and sorry (again) for late response!
The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok! Thanks for the extended description, and link. No problem about sounding repetitive. A simple thanks for the :+fav: is easier, and just as good. ;)
erene33 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Very nice capture!
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thank you! I am glad you think so! It is not very original or artistic. I liked how the colour of the summer grass matched the colour of the stones but still it is fairly simple... Anyway thank you very much for the comment and sorry for late response!
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