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Gothic Portability: The Crimean Memorial Church, Istanbul and the Threshold of Empire

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This chapter talks about the Crimean Memorial Church, also known as Christ Church, and explores the visual and material culture of empire, considering how it might be reappraised as sophisticatedly portable and compellingly critical in recent scholarship. British religious life and commemorative activity was incorporated into the skyline of domed and minareted Istanbul. The terms for the Crimean Memorial Church competition attempted to determine the shape of Anglicanism using the Gothic Revival style within an Islamic region. For the Crimean Memorial Church, anxieties regarding the potential for disorder or miscommunication were also apparent. In the nineteenth century, the portability of culture gained prominence as one of the most pervasive material and social phenomena of empire. The power of cultural communication through materials, buildings, and indeed religious activity, ensured that great care was taken to strategically shape the intentions of the Crimean Memorial Church.

Keywords: Anglicanism; British religious life; Crimean Memorial Church; Gothic Revival style; Islamic region; Istanbul



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