E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 2, Issue 6, 2022

Light in Sacred Architecture: Jewish Temples (Synagogues)

Author(s): Ahmet Hadrovic


The topic “Light in sacred architecture” is very complex and it can be approached, with the same rights and competences, by interpreters of religion, philosophers, all artistic expressions, designers (especially lighting designers) and people of various practical activities.

In this paper, an architect and university professor writes about the topic “Light in sacred architecture”, i.e. a person who educates students of architecture in its various fields and a person who designs himself (who has more than ten architectural realizations of sacred buildings).

The paper develops the historical, philosophical, religious, psychological and aesthetic dimensions of the problem of the presence and use of light in sacred architecture. The intangible and ubiquitous phenomenon of light builds architecture and fills its spaces, appealing to our emotions. Thus, both natural light and artificial lighting serve to get to know special places in the architecture, and then give those places a special character. In the detailed descriptions of architectural objects and the circumstances in which these objects are created, we conclude that light is a co-creator of architectural forms and spaces - from the rudimentary way in which it helps to identify space to the sophisticated ways in which it participates in the creation of a transcendental atmosphere.

Keywords: Light, Sacred Architecture, Judaism, Synagogues

Pages: 449-461

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