FR | Sacred Conversion. Temple to Church

  The Church Sant'Angelo in Pescheria in the Porticus Octaviae © Yannick Ley  

The ancient buildings of Rome still form an important element of the well-known cityscape and serve as architectural testimonies of a three thousand year old and in many respects unique city history. However, the significant buildings have not remained untouched in the centuries since their construction and can therefore no longer be admired today in their originally designed form. Rather, they have been constantly developed architecturally and thus have completely or partially been converted, extended or dismantled in a variety of ways.

The examples of the tradition of conversion are numerous: the church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, shown here, is located in the ancient structures of the Portico Octaviae, and the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda was built into the ancient temple of Antonius Pius and Faustina on the Roman Forum. In this case, a memorial building dedicated to a divinized imperial couple was first converted into an early Christian church around 800 and then into a Counter-Reformation wall-pilastered church around 1600: A significant development that can be called Sacred Conversion.

In addition to the general study of the subject, the research field will aim in particular at the processing of a completed architectural survey into plans and reconstruction models.



Field of Research
M.Sc. | all semesters


Kick-Off: October 18, 2022, 11am to 12noon, Meeting room AGes
Regular date: Tuesdays, 11am to 12noon, Meeting room AGes or via Zoom
Submission: January 31, 2023


Yannick Ley, M. Sc. RWTH