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Conservation and Seismic Strengthening of Byzantine Churches in Macedonia

  • Predrag Gavrilović, William S. Ginell, Veronika Sendova, and Lazar Śumanov

    Between the ninth and fourteenth century, hundreds of architecturally exquisite Byzantine churches were built in the area now known as the Republic of Macedonia. The condition of these buildings has been of ongoing concern because of deterioration and destruction from forces both human and natural, including devastating earthquakes.

    This book summarizes the results of a four-year study to develop and test seismic retrofitting techniques for the repair and strengthening of those ancient Byzantine churches still in existence. The volume considers the conservation of historic buildings in seismic zones, surveys the condition of fifty existing Byzantine churches in Macedonia, and details the design, construction, and seismic testing of a half-scale model church. The volume also includes representative experimental and technical data.

    Predrag Gavrilović and Veronika Sendova are professor and associate professor, respectively, at the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, in Macedonia. William S. Ginell, now retired, was a senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Lazar Śumanov, a conservation architect, is president of Macedonia ICOMOS.

    256 pages
    8 1/2 x 11 inches
    47 b/w photographs
    126 charts and graphs
    ISBN 978-0-89236-777-1

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute