Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and Their Sunrise Orientation

15 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2018

Date Written: April 2, 2018

Abstract

Here we discuss the orientation of some churches dedicated to Hagia Sophia, the Holy Wisdom. We can see that four of them have alignment along the direction of the sunrise on solstices (one of the churches is Hagia Sophia in Constantinople). Our discussion focuses, in particular, on alignments of the churches with respect to the decumani of the town in which we find them, in the case the town had a planning of Roman origin (Constantinople, Thessaloniki and Sofia). For Hagia Sophia in Nicaea, we consider its Hellenistic grid-plan with its streets, the plateiai, corresponding to the Roman decumani.

Keywords: Archaeoastronomy, Ancient Town Planning, Orientation of Churches

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina and Dastrù, Lidia, Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and Their Sunrise Orientation (April 2, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3154604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3154604

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

Lidia Dastrù

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

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