A mobile dialogue of an immobile saint: St. Symeon the younger, divine liturgy, and the architectural setting
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Perceptions of the body and sacred space in late antiquity and byzantium
The pilgrimage site of St. Symeon the Younger at the Wondrous Mountain, near Antioch, is founded around the column of the saint that followed the ascetic model of his namesake, the “protostylite” St. Symeon the Elder. Belgin-Henry focuses on one essential but neglected feature of the site at the Wondrous Mountain that distinguishes it from the majority of pilgrimage centers. The complex was not a commemorative center built after the death of a saint but an elaborate setting constructed around a living ascetic. The stylite was piercing a church, while the builders successfully integrated the saint’s practice and the liturgy.