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ArgumentNo. 1/2009

Church space, or about inclusion of the incomprehensible


Topology given to the space by the presence of the sacredness, as it was presented by Mircea Eliade in “Sacred and profane”, it is necessary to largely define liturgical space, but not enough.

In other words, the topology that architecture, as built environment, imposes to space it occupies, is essential as a starting point for defining the liturgical space.

The existence of this topology (in this perspective, given by me above) is at least recognized from the Greek Antiquity to architecture theory (Christian Norberg-Schulz) and to moderne philosophy (Heidegger).

To define this topology, we will limit the study to a given geographical area. This is necessary because a extended generality could prevent us in achieving the goal, namely to define a specific liturgic space topology in our areas. And this definition is crucial in searching the spatiality which may include the incomprehensible, even the goal of the this reasearch paper.