March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 41 March 2013

Theory of architecture

Shvetsova-Shilovskaya Elizaveta A.

PhD student.
Research supervisor: Professor S.V. Ilvitskaya, DSc. (Architecture),
State University of Land Use Planning,
Moscow, Russia, e-mail: LizaSh-Sh@list.ru



The article investigates the architecture of the Saint-Trinity Antonievo-Siysky monastery and analyses its spatial composition and views from the adjoining areas.

Based on historical evidence, the author examines the construction history of the Antonievo-Siysky monastery from establishment to its closing in the 1920s. This study has allowed the author to analyse the development of the architectural composition of the monastery over time and identify its basic compositional features and losses. The article shows that the centre of the monastery’s architectural composition is represented by three churches in its central area: the Temple of Three Moscow Saints, the Church of the Annunciation, and the Trinity Cathedral, the latter being the composition’s dominant. Comparison of the northern and eastern panoramas shows that the spatial composition of the monastery is oriented to be viewed from points along the west-east axis passing in the middle of the cathedral.

The findings of the article are based on a detailed analysis of historical documents and thorough visual investigation of the monastery’s remaining structures. The results of the study may be useful in the development of a reconstruction project for the Antonievo-Siysky monastery. In particular, building and restoration should involve the reconstruction of what has been lost from the composition. Especially noteworthy is the analysis of the view points in relation to the Antonievo-Siysky monastery from surrounding areas. Indeed, in addition to the need to restore the remaining structures, any reconstruction of the monastery will inevitably require the construction of new buildings, which should not obstruct the view of the entire monastic complex as a whole. Therefore the choice of construction sites for such buildings and, especially, their heights should be designed allowing for the analysis of views of the monastery from various points.


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Key words: cult architecture, Antonievo-Siysky monastery, monastery complex, orthodox monasteries, architectural spatial composition

Russian text of this article

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