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In search of the Nubian master-builders: an architectural drawing from the Faras cathedral

Piotr Makowski

with appendix: Prayer of a young woman, by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei


A glance at a makeshift drawing from the cathedral in Faras suggests that it may depict the ground plan of a church. Nevertheless, the naive appearance of the sketch and an almost complete lack of sufficient parallels from eitherNubia or the Eastern Mediterranean make a proper examination of this assumption unfeasible. A reassessment of the architectural drawing from the cathedral, however, draws a wider perspective for a discussion of originality in Nubian architecture. The following paper presents the rather modest evidence available for a study of the nature of Nubian architecture from the point of view of its builders.


Nubia, Faras Cathedral, architectural drawing, architectural practices, floor plan, originality, master-builders, architects, Old Nubian language, Nubian studies


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