Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Qalb Lawza (Loza) كنيسة قلب اللوزة

The architectural quality and beautiful decoration of Qalb Loza are present even in the smaller details. Thus the small windows of the upper storey of the nave have square openings but, on the outside, a finely-cut double fluting prolongs these square frames in graceful half-circles. Such simple and delicate touches relieve any coarseness that a building built of such a big block of stone (the roof blocks are five meters long) might otherwise have. The basilica at Qalb Loza isn't a cathedral. Its powerful, somewhat square shape gives it more the appearance of a large country church. But in this wild solitary setting it seems like a challenge. With its three big rounded arches at the front, its apse behind, it has survived twelve or thirteen centuries of oblivision.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How fantastic. I went to Qalb Loheh(?), the heart of the almond, by bicycle about six years ago. An incredible leg-breaking climb in spectacularly beautiful but HOT weather. And what a church!
Thank you for bring back happy memories.
I would go back to Syria tomorrow if I could.