Svetla Petrova

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        Regionl History Museum - Sandanski

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The Benches in the Furniture and the Liturgical Planning of the Early Byzantine Basilicas of Southwestern Bulgaria.

Several basilicas in Parthicopolis and its area reveal that built benches have been used in them as a part of its and the liturgical planning. They are placed in different rooms and parts of the Early Christian/Early Byzantine architecture of Southwestern Bulgaria (Parthicopolis and its close area). The benches are in several different places: in the supposed skeuophylakion and annexes in the area with mineral sources for health rituals; also in the narthex and the north aisle of basilica No 4 in Parthicopolis, in basilica No 2 in the same city and in the basilica of Mikrevo. When used for resting, the benches have been denoting the gender and the care for the ill Christians, attending the long rituals and liturgical acts. The parallels show similar benches in Greece and generally in the Church of Constantinopolis from the 5th century on.


This page is part of the project LABedia: Еncyclopedia of Late Antique Balkans, 4th-5th c.,
financed by the National Science Fund, contract КП-06-Н30/6, 13.12.2018