Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples


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This floor plan of San Vitale is typical of a(an) _____.

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1. Which of the following features is NOT common to both Byzantine and Early Christian churches?

2. How did architects create elements in the dome of Hagia Sophia (in Istanbul) that float higher than any previous dome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of features and famous examples of Byzantine architecture. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include features common to both Byzantine and Early Christian churches and the architectural element used in the dome of the Hagia Sophia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The floor plan of San Vitale
  • Common features in early Christian and Byzantine churches
  • The architectural element used to make the dome of the Hagia Sophia higher than any existent dome
  • What the Eastern Cross has in common with Byzantine central-plan churches
  • Ability to identify a Byzantine window type from a photo

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Byzantine architecture
  • Making connections - understand the concept of Byzantine architecture as it relates to early Christian architecture
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as pendentives and clerestory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding this type of architecture

Additional Learning

To learn more about this style of architecture, review the corresponding lesson on Byzantine architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the similarities between Byzantine and early Christian architecture
  • Learn about Justinian's role in the development of Byzantine architecture
  • Discuss techniques used during the period
  • Explore architectural innovations of the time