J. Uscinowicz
Friday 9 November 2018 by Libadmin2018


This paper presents “second life” of abandoned Christian temples. It focuses on searching for modern methods of saving the architecture of temples from ruination and profanation, while ensuring its dignified transformation. It presents selected examples of full or partial reconstructions of the ruins of temples and interconfessional conversions in the last quarter of a century in Poland. Apart from a retrospective look at first post-war buildings of this type there are also latest author projects introduced. They exemplify a design method of a “non-invasive” approach to historical monuments, including respect for their historical values and adding new qualities at the same time. These three extremely different examples of the protection of temples from degradation, destruction, and sometimes desecration – through reconstruction, integration, and incorporation – have a common intentional basis. All of them seem to come from the same ideological premises. They also share a common main criterion - the protection of existing material values, but also the further development of spiritual values. In this process of protection and conservation, priority is given to spiritual values over material values. For spiritual values is where they see the search for the truth and the sense of their existence, the authentic protection of their past and present mission in the time and space of this world. Because through them they reach fulfilled on the way to salvation.

Keywords: temple, architecture, sacrum, conversion, ecumenism, synthesis

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