Author Ayşe Ç. Türker
Editor Kayhan Dörtlük – Tarkan Kahya
Material Type Book
Year Antalya, 2009
ISBN No 978-6054018-06-2
Dimensions 210×280 mm
Page 228 pages
Figure 131 Figures
Language in Turkish and in English
Translation T.M.P. Duggan – İnci Türkoğlu
Series Adalya Supplementary Series 8


[Antalya Cumanın Mosque: Architectural History and Byzantine Origin Relevé – Structural Analysis – Conservation and Maintenance of the Monument].

The remains of Cumanın Camii, or what it still contains, the ancient and Byzantine remains and other reused materials, set an extraordinary example displaying the “historical development” for two millennia of the monument. The extant remains can be considered the “key structure” for the development of Byzantine church architecture in south Anatolia.

The Cumanın Camii of Byzantine origin is an example for three different plan types taking their turns in a single church building through centuries: From a central domed inscribed within a square to Greek cross in square, then to a longitudinal basilica with galleries, and finally converted to a mosque.

In light of precision relevés including the earlier evidence and detailed analysis of the structure, a restitution of subsequent building phases with the help of archaeological soundings and scientific historical structural analysis methods; hence, the chronological and typological place of these phases within the Byzantine architecture in Anatolia has been studied.

The study is presented in two main chapters and a catalogue.
First chapter constitutes the essence of the study and includes a short introduction mentioning the research history, historical and topographical approach: Documentation of what exists, identification of seven building phases and their dating and restitutions, their places within Byzantine church architecture.
Second chapter is dedicated to the “building remains and spolia materials from the antiquity and Byzantine periods”: Possible preceding buildings, various architectural elements reused in the construction of the church, their decorative and motif features as well as sarcophagi, tombs, wall paintings, graffiti and inscriptions are also studied in this chapter.
The last chapter is the catalogue of spolia and architectural elements dating to the Antiquity and Byzantine periods.