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On the Ottoman Period in the history of the church of St George - the Rotunda in Sofia

Author(s): Rositsa Grozdanova
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Architecture, Geography, Regional studies, Physical Geopgraphy, Regional Geography, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Modern Age, Special Historiographies:, Theology and Religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, The Ottoman Empire, History of Religion
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: Architectural history; History; Ottoman empire; District; Balkan history; Sofia; Sofia history
Summary/Abstract: The article traces the history of the oldest building still functioning in Sofia, the Rotunda in the centre of the ancient city, with a focus on its Ottoman period. Special attention is paid to the date of its conversion into a mosque around 1500, and to its fate in the late 17th century when, due to destruction, it was abandoned as a house of worship. A third focus of the article is the transformations of the neighbourhood around it through the centuries. The study is based on a variety of sources, some of which newly-discovered, in the collection of BOA-Istanbul and of the Oriental Department at the National Library in Sofia, and unpublished - single Ottoman documents, excerpts from kadi sicills, atik sikayet defters, tapu tahrir defters, others - well known and widely used, such as the travel accounts of Stephan Gerlach, Evliya Celebi, Viktor Grigorovich, K. Jirecek, as well as texts produced bu the Bulgarian community.