A STUDY ON THE SEMIOTIC PERCEPTION OF GOTHIC CHURCHES IN TURKEY


Atıcı E., İnceoğlu M.

in: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ARCHITECTURE/ EXPERIENCE , PERCEPTION, THEORY, YILDIZ AKSOY, Editor, DAKAM, İstanbul, pp.154-166, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: DAKAM
  • City: İstanbul
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-166
  • Editors: YILDIZ AKSOY, Editor
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Individuals, as social beings, are necessarily in communication with each other. There are many ways in

which this communication takes place. Consciousness, in other words the reactions people have towards

their surroundings within the society, constitutes a necessary factor for healthy communication. However,

inter-personal communication has been deteriorating due to technological advancements. People can no

longer transmit their reactions properly to the other side. As a result, the communication cycle between

the recipient and transmitter cannot be attained in the desired form. Communication does not only take

place between people, but also between people and the structures surrounding them. This study aims to

examine how churches, as shared spaces, are perceived in Turkey. It particular, the focus is on gothic

churches, as this structure group has a common architectural language. Since language is the most basic

level of communication, a structure group with such a common language has been selected for this study.

God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are the three metaphors used in Christian churches. This study shows

how metaphors used for the church (God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit) have changed in the Turkish

society.

Keywords: Gothic church, communication, semiotics, denotation, connotation.