Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy

pp 1719-1726


Church Orientations in Slovenia

  • Saša ČavalAffiliated withInstitute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsDepartment of Anthropology, Stanford University Email author 


The high number of churches built during the Romanesque period in Slovenia provides a unique dataset from which to study church orientation using archaeoastronomical methods. An innovative methodology revealed a specific pattern of motivation for church alignment, ultimately revealing a greater depth of thought, process, and intentionality than has previously been recognized relative to this subject.