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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.
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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!
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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 :)
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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.
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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!
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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?
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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!
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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. ;)
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erene33 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Very nice capture!
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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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erene33 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You are most welcome :)
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dsmth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Nicer, nevertheless, than some recent church architecture. Simple geometrical forms, smooth surfaces, sense of height, striving.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Well said, I agree with you completely, to be honest I prefer the various 'neo' styles imitating earlier architectural styles than most of the attempts to construct something 'new'. Sadly, religious institutions scarcely commission beautiful works of art or architecture anymore...Anyway, thank you very much for taking your time to write a comment under my photo, I am glad it caught your attention! Also I am very sorry for such a late response!Thanks again!
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Would not recognize the tower surrounded by satellites as a church, could it also be a castle tower or both, castle and church?
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
It is possible that the church served a defensive purpouse in the times of war so you may be correct in this sense. It is however unlikely that the structure served as a castle or stronghold. It is a typical rotunda a bit like the Mausoleum des Theoderich in Ravenna or one of the baptiseries there. I must admit however that I am not a specialist in this region, I am mainly interested in crusader Baltic and Eastern Mediteranean (+ Byzantium but just a bit)... Anyway, thank you very much for the comment and I am very sorry for late response!
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your response is fine and wellcome.
Please accept a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.
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ShlomitMessica Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks medieval -no windows, very srict!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Indeed you are right, there are at least two windows in the apses opposite to the entrance on the side not visible in this photo but they are very small. I wonder if there were any frescos or murals within such dark interiors. I am not a specialist in this to be honest and these structures are so old and often badly preserved that modern knowledge about their internal decoration is probably fairly limitted... I will try to find out... Anyway, thank you very much for the comment and I am sorry for such a late response... I need to learn how to organize my time better...Thanks again!
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ShlomitMessica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always a pleasure :icongiantlovehug:
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting information, as always.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I am happy you find it interesting, as always :) Thank you very much for taking your time to browse my photos and read the describcions, I really appreciate it even when it takes me more than two weeks to reply (sorry about it)!
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem my friend! =) :santa:
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Its awesome :clap:
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I am glad you think so :) It is a very small structure and it is not even located in a particularly beautiful landscape but still it somehow worked on my imagination... Thank you for the comment and I am really sorry for late response!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
:)
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akitku Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this shot a lot. The church look somewhat...modest. But considering the time period it is only fitting I guess. It has a very strong "Dark Ages" feel to it. Btw, I love that little flower tucked in there!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thank you very much for this kind comment and I sorry for such a late reply... I must admit that even thou they are much smaller and less impressive than Byzantine monuments of this period or later romanesque or gothic churches I quite like these early medieval churches. They get a bit boring in time becouse there is little variation bewteen them but still, I think they are fairly original... Anyway, thank you again for the comment, I am glad you like the flower, I had two similar photos of this church taken from different sides and the reason I uploaded this one was exacly becouse it had that flower there so I am happy you noticed it!
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Tak czułam, że to Chorwacja, nie wiem czemu:) Intrygujące, dość przysadziste w swej prostocie,ale piękne jednocześnie.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Bardzo sie ciesze ze Ci sie podoba! Zdjecie nie jest moze bardzo artsytyczne ale chcialem pokazac ze w Splicie jest pare zabytkow innych niz tylko te UNESCO gdzie ciagle klebi sie masa turystow. Myslalem tez ze to moze byc interesujace bo bardzo podobna rotunda znajduje sie w Polsce, w polskiej czesci Cieszyna. Jest uwazana za najstarszy w pelni zachowany budynek w Polsce i jest umieszczona na odwrocie banknotu chyba 20 zl. Bardzo dziekuje za komentarz - naprawde bardzo mi milo kiedy komus sie chce napisac pare milych slow pod zdjeciem w mojej galeri, jeszcze raz dziekuje!
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nigdy nie byłam w Cieszynie,ale mam nadzieję,że kiedyś będę i wtedy na pewno odwiedzę to miejsce;)
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