Exposing the sacred monumentality in Ugarit: Remodelling the Temple of Baal

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Middle Bronze Age religious architecture was associated with monumental structures. Therefore, it unveils significant clues about the city complexity and inhabitants’ cultural and religious values. The strategic location of Ugarit, the capital of an important Bronze Age civilization in Syria, had enabled the development of unique architectural concepts in the city’s temples benefiting from the multiscale relation-ships, which exceeded the land boarders. This paper presents a detailed archaeological reading and architec-tural analysis of the Temple of Baal in Ugarit. The analysis of the temple considers its architectural concept, constructional techniques and urban settings. The study establishes a conservation proposal to identify, pre-serve and present the outstanding values associated with the temple’s ruins, and simultaneously protect them from further degradation. A series of poignant architectural interventions is proposed to restore the temple’s monumental value and urban relationships. The interior space of temple is conceptually reconstructed to ac-commodate an in situ religious museum and reflect the hierarchy of the sacred spaces inside.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPorceedings for the Structural analysis of historical structures SAHC 2016
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
EventStructural analysis of historical structures SAHC 2016 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 14 Sept 201617 Sept 2016


ConferenceStructural analysis of historical structures SAHC 2016


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