SAHARA Highlights: Patricia Blessing

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Feb 13, 2017

This is our second Highlights feature on recent SAH award winners who have contributed new material to SAHARA. This month we are looking at Patricia Blessing, the second recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship, which gives young scholars the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to help enlarge their perspective on the built environment. During her travel year, Patricia visited Armenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.  Below is a small selection of the extremely wide variety of sites she documented and contributed. Her detailed, informative and entertaining monthly blog entries can be read here. (All photos by Patricia Blessing, 2015-16.)

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Exedra, Cathedral of Zvartnots, Ejmiatsin, Armenia.  Built 643-652, destroyed in the 10th century.

View of the old town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

View into the Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia, 4th-6th century.

Detail of apse mosaic in the Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia.  Most of the rich mosaic decoration was added in the 6th century.

Vijecnica (City Hall), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Designed by Alexander Wittek, 1892-94, the building shows inspiration from medieval Islamic structures such as 11th century Fatimid mosques and the 14th century Alhambra in Granada.

Detail of porch vault of the Madrasa Ashrafiyya, Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount), West Bank, Israel.  Built under the patronage of al-Malik al-Ashraf Qaytbay, 1467-82.

View of the Dominican Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 14th-15th century.

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