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Book chapter

Water Management in Russian Monasteries, 16th-18th cc.

P. 319-336.

In this paper the authors consider three cases of monastic water management that conformed to specitic spatial configurations necessary for monastic life and an ideal Christian existance. The goal is to study constructed religious environments, or the cretaion of particular religious spaces.The chapter argues  that there was an interconnectedness between the spirit of the monastic enterprise and the high quality (meaning both aesthetic beauty and good conditions of life) of the environment surrounding and accommodating the monasteries of Russia. In this perspective, the canals and dykes constructed by the monks must be considered as part of their religious system, inspired by an intention to construct a certain religious landscape, rather than as purely economic or household activities.

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Water Management in Russian Monasteries, 16th-18th cc.
Edited by: G. Nigro. Vol. 49. Firenze University Press, 2018.