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The Thousand and One Churches

By William M. Ramsay and Gertrude L. Bell. Edited by Robert G. Ousterhout and Mark P. C. Jackson

Publication Year: 2008

Published in 1909 and long out of print, The Thousand and One Churches remains a seminal study of the postclassical monuments of Anatolia. Now a new generation of readers can learn of the extensive remains of the sprawling early Christian site known as Binbirkilise ("Thousand and One Churches," near Konya), excavated by Ramsay and Bell in 1907. The book provides extensive analysis of other early Christian and Byzantine sites across Anatolia that Bell visited at that time. Because many of the monuments have long since disappeared, this documentation is now invaluable, and Bell's extensive photographs provide a unique view of travel and archaeology more than a century ago.

For this new edition more than 250 high-quality digitized images from the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University (UK) replace the original illustrations, and the editors' Foreword lays out the historical and cultural context for the undertaking. Ousterhout and Jackson recount the lives and careers of the two authors and the tale of their collaboration on the excavation and subsequent book.

Publication was supported by a grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation.

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press


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Title Page

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pp. v-vi


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p. vii

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pp. ix-xviii

Professor Ramsay, a scholar who uniquely combined the study of Classical archaeology and the New Testament, was then the foremost authority on the topography, antiquities, and history of Asia Minor. He held professorships at Oxford and Aberdeen, traveled, lectured, and published widely, and was showered with academic honors. Miss Bell, by contrast, was something of an upstart, known outside aristocratic circles in 1909 ...

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pp. xxix-xxxiv

EVER since visiting the Thousand and One Churches along with the late Sir Charles Wilson in 1882, I hoped that some attention might " be given to these ruins, which are perhaps the most interesting in Asia Minor for church antiquities "; but I had not the knowledge of ...

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pp. 3-40

FIFTY to sixty miles south-east of Iconium (which 'under the name Konia is still the capital of a great Province, with a railway station) there rises from the level Lycaonian plain an island of volcanic mountains, oval in outline, with the longer axis nearly north and south, called Kara Dagh (Black Mountain). ...

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pp. 41-296

No. 1 is the largest church in the Kara Dagh (Fig. 2). It is a true basilica, the nave being raised above the aisles and lighted by round-headed windows pierced in the upper walls, five on either side (Fig. 3). The narthex is entered by a double arched doorway, the arches being supported by a central double column. These arches are not horse-shoed. The outer ends spring from a ...

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pp. 297-504

ONE of the most remarkable experiences of travel is that which assails him who passes from the seaboard of Asia Minor and gains the central plateau. He leaves behind him a smiling country full of the sound of waters, with fertile valleys, hills clad in secular forests, coasts that the Greek made his own, ...

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pp. 505-570

The church on the summit of the Kara Dagh (p. 241) seems to have been built on the site of an old Hittite High Place which was almost totally destroyed or covered up. The only remnant of the old High Place is found on the N. side about 20 or 30 feet below the summit, where a narrow passage running E. to W. between rocks bears two inscriptions, one on each side, in ...


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pp. 571-580

E-ISBN-13: 9781934536308
Print-ISBN-13: 9781934536056

Page Count: 618
Illustrations: 267 illus.
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 748533482
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  • Christian antiquities -- Turkey.
  • Church architecture -- Turkey -- Konya.
  • Turkey -- Antiquities.
  • Architecture, Early Christian -- Turkey -- Konya.
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