The History of Church Architecture in 3 Minutes

Posted By on May 24, 2019

Posted by Lewis Heart

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  1. Basilicas were oblong halls like the roman forum. Pantheon type buildings that you showed initially were not really in the picture at that point.

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  2. In the 1860's the Akron Plan was developed for a Methodist church in Akron OH in the shape of an auditorium with rounded benches and large balconies with pew seating. This style emphasizes preaching over ritual and also opened onto large hallways so everyone could be quickly dismissed to or return from Sunday school.

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  3. What you are showing as the Romanesque style are actually basilicas. Romanesque refers to a lower and heavier building with thick walls and rounded Roman style arches. Romanesque refers to massing, not shape.

    Basilica refers to the columned buildings with a higher central roof and lower aisle roofs on each side. They typically have the rounded far end for the altar. They may or may not have transcepts.

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  4. Pagan Romans never worshipped in Basilicas. Basilicas were large vaulted roofed spaces for various uses like markets and baths. The photo you showed when you said basilica was not a basilica but the Parthenon which is a Roman temple to all the gods which was converted to a church, but churches were not generally built in this style because it did not have room for the assembly.

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  5. First 3 centuries were not only in house churches, but also in the catacombs and over the tombs of the martyrs which is the origin of the calendar of saints. If you are going to give a history, don't just give the evangelical version.

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  6. One of the churches that briefly appears as an example of simpler Protestant churches looks suspiciously like Holy Name Catholic Church in Cahokia IL. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Family_(Cahokia,_Illinois)

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  7. Worldviews. Church buildings and church traditions have always followed worldviews. Just look at how many worldviews went on in the 20th century expressed through art.

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  8. What about byzantine architecture? Was far before romianisque and ispired all the evolutio of church architecture

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  9. Modern churches are boring and lack the beautiful detail of older ones. Christians might as well be worshiping in any hall now days.

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  10. What about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They have Temples and Churches. Could you talk about the theory and reasoning they have for their buildings.

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  11. please define interesting and diverse! what, nothing before was interesting and diverse? do you continue in a sequel? thanks

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