Architecture: Coptic Monastery in Australia


Though the Byzantine Empire ended centuries ago, its architectural influence remains present today. Design Delta Architects (DDA) has recently constructed Australia’s first Byzantine-style monastery on picturesque Mangrove Mountain near Sydney. Built for Greek Orthodox monks, the complex, called Pantanassa, bears resemblance to a 15th-century monastery by the same name in Mystras, Greece.

Pantanassa Monastery Interior

The interior vaults and domes reveal the monastery’s modern concrete shell.

Ancient orthodox monasteries and grand basilicas represent some of the finest works of Byzantine architecture.

 In building Australia’s Pantanassa, DDA relied on hallmarks of the style, such as heavy, low-to-earth masonry; central domes; vaulted ceilings; and tile roofs. “The main inspiration for the design is the Athonite monasteries in Greece, with their austere, fortresslike exteriors and ornate, open, villagelike courtyards,” says DDA’s principal architect, Demetrios Stavropoulos.

from Architectural digest, here.