Devrim Topsakal, Elif
In April 2019, the fire of the Notre-Dame de Paris increased the interest to the monument yet this attention is a short moment in the 860 years of history behind it. This thesis focuses on how and in what ways the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was received as a reference in architectural history, urban history, literature and conservation. The aim is to search the place where the monument stands throughout history in three contexts: an urban context, as an object of Paris and a novel, 1831 Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo; as an object of restoration, in the context of the history of architectural conservation in the nineteenth century and lastly; as an object of study, and search for the building in architectural history survey books. In 1991, UNESCO registered the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris as a world heritage site by officially stating that the monument constitutes "a definite reference in the diffusion of Gothic architecture". How “definite” is its place in the historiography of Gothic architecture will be assessed based on the review of the printed works. The final discussion will return back to Hugo’s famous "This will kill that!" expression and discuss the reception of the cathedral today.


A Monument's Domain
Atak, Tulay (2012-12-01)
“A Monument's Domain” considers the making of modern monuments between Turkey and France in 1924 by focusing on a short text by Le Corbusier, namely, “Mustapha Kemal Aura Son Monument.” It considers some early architectural and sculptural projects for Ankara, their role in the establishment of the territory of the Turkish Republic as well as the changing definitions of the term “monument” in the Turkish language. It also provides a close reading of Le Corbusier's response to Turkish modernization efforts an...
Grand hotels in major cities of Turkey, 1950-1980 : an evaluation of modern architecture and tourism
Tozoğlu, Ahmet Erdem; Altan, Tomris Elvan; Department of History of Architecture (2007)
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Restoration of Zazadin Han a 13th century Seljıkid caravanseria anseria near Konya
Önge, Mustafa; Madran, Emre; Department of Architecture (2004)
The subject of this thesis is the restoration project of Zazadin Han, which is a 13th century Seljukid caravanserai near Konya. Following a brief description of the building, the values of the building and the aim of study are discussed in the introduction chapter. It is followed by the methodology of the study, detailed description of the building, analysis about the structural, material and construction features of the Han, historical study about the building type and the building itself, respectively. Th...
Reconstructing Authenticity The Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum in the Ankara Citadel
Savaş Sargın, Ayşen (null; 2015-10-09)
Three modest houses that were transformed into Erimtan Museum at the Citadel of Ankara were dated to the late seventeenth century and found in a state of demolition due to neglect over the years. The major goal of the architectural interventions was the preservation of the historical and material qualities of the existing houses and the surrounding historical fabric. If the old houses were conceived as ‘authentic’, their reconstructed version was based on a body of information about the functional layout an...
Awarding architecture in Turkey: national architecture exhibition and awards program
Durmaz, Nur; Balamir, Aydan; Department of Architecture (2009)
The establishment of the National Architecture Exhibition and Awards (NAEA) program in 1987, by Chamber of Architects, coincides with the period of dissolving modernist paradigm and rising pluralist influences in Turkey. The program, as a critical medium, is expected to reflect “national” architectural practice and contribute in the “contemporary” architectural practice in Turkey. In order to evaluate the consistencies with these objectives, firstly the program identity and then the participations are analy...
Citation Formats
E. Devrim Topsakal, “IN SEARCH OF THE “DEFINITE REFERENCE”: CATHEDRAL OF NOTREDAME DE PARIS AND GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2023.