Proportional Systems in the Design of the Cathedral of St. George of the Greeks, Cyprus

  • Douglas Cawthorne
  • Romylos Irodotou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10058)


The cathedral of St. George of the Greeks was built in the 14th–15th c. in Famagusta, Cyprus to accommodate the religious needs of the Greek orthodox community living under a Frankish aristocracy. Its design is a hybrid of western European and Greek orthodox architectural traditions which reflect the political and social circumstances of its creation. This paper examines the degree to which the underlying design methods employed can be extrapolated from the physical remains of the building, the historical sources bearing upon its interpretation and comparisons with related structures. Results are presented of a recent (2016) photogrammetric survey of the building and a new digital reconstruction of the church derived from it. These are used to quantify, assess and illustrate a three dimensional armature of regulatory proportions which it is proposed for reasons of ecclesiastical philosophy and practical execution, were employed to shape the building’s physical form.


Proportions Medieval Architecture Photogrammetry Geometry Masons Pell Numbers Root two Armature 



The authors wish to acknowledge the technical and equipment support of De Montfort University in undertaking this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Digital Building Heritage GroupDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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