The Dome in Sacral Architecture

The Spatial and Symbolic Considerations Based on the Projects
for the National Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw

Anna Agata Wagner Ph.D.,
Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology,
Koszykowa 55, 00-659 Warsaw, Poland

Through reviewing the projects for the creation of the symbolic votive temple of outstanding importance to the history of the Polish nation, which have been developed over the last 200 years, I intend to present the evolutionary nature of the dome within the sacral architecture, both in the symbolic and spatial sense. Beginning with the classical Palladian forms, through the constructivistexpressionistic forms of the thirties of the XX century up to and considering contemporary spatial shapes originating in the idea of a dome, formally not always being a dome.

sacral architecture, Polish architecture, symbolism of domes.