Fresco-Hunting Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches, Bulgaria

Company : Study Abroad Europe
Countries: Bulgaria / Serbia
Location : Bulgaria
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

"Fresco-Hunting" Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia. 


1. The Standard Field Project (16 - 30 May) is comprised of:

Fieldwork that entails the creation of both graphic (drawn) and photographic records of ecclesiastic edifices and frescos (two to three churches will be in the focus of study);

Educational course - specialized lectures in South East European Medieval History, Orthodox iconography, introduction to Documental Photography, Fresco Conservation and Restoration as well as Workshops for Graphic Documentation (drawn and photographic record) and Processing of Digital Images and Development of Digital Archives.

Excursions/guided tours of Sofia and the Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bulgaria and the following 14th-century sites in Serbia: Poganovo Monastery, Sveti Nikola church in Stanichene, Momchilov Grad Fortress in Pirot (refer to the Field School Agenda!).


2. The Extended Field School Project (16 May - 6 June is comprised of:

All the elements of the Standard Project mentioned above during the first two project weeks;   

Introduction to Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a powerful technique to expose minute surface details by dynamic relighting;

Study-trips to prospective sites in Western Bulgaria assessing their current condition and potential to be included in the expedition’s agenda;

Photo-excursions to medieval eccelsiastic monuments in Eastern Serbia.    

Start Dates

Standard Project:16 - 30 May Cost $ 2,250
Extended Project: 16 May - 6 June Cost $ 3,050
Application Deadline: 10 April
Minimum length of stay: Two weeks
Minimum age: 18
Number of field school places available: up to 10
Project language: English
The cost of the program include accommodation and all transportation.

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