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11.04.17

Parution : "The Mystic Cave. A History of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem"

Auteur : Michele Bacci / Masaryk University: Brno / Viella: Roma, 2017 / ISBN 978-88-6728-819-9 (322 pages)

The present work is the first monographic book published in English, since 1910, on the history of  the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. In comparison to other Holy Land monuments, the latter  underwent relatively minor alterations in the course of time: spared from the destructions that  affected other holy sites, such as the Holy Sepulchre, the basilica at Bethlehem stands out for its  still well preserved architecture, dating from the late 6th century, and its exuberant mosaic décors  completed in 1169, in the period of Crusader rule in Palestine. This book offers a general  description of the vicissitudes of the holy site since its very beginnings in Late Antiquity until the  present times, with a special focus on the ways in which the complex relationship between the  underground holy site, the Nativity cave housing the very spot of Christ’s birthplace and the  manger, and the sumptuously decorated upper church came to be variously negotiated in the course  of time by means of different forms of mise-en- scène. The book is accompanied by a rich apparatus  of colour illustrations, plans, and a bibliographic annex.


First issue of the new series: CONVIVIA publihed by Convivium & Viella


Editorial board: Hans Belting, Kla´ra Benes?ovska´, Ivan Foletti (dir.), Herbert Kessler, Serena Romano, Elisabetta Scirocco


Each book of the serie, will be created by a different young artist designer - the first issue was conceived by Anna Kelblová