Volume 11, Issue 1, 2019


Authors: Viorel MIONEL

FROM RELIGIOUS SEGREGATION TO CULTURAL HERITAGE. THE CASE OF THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY IN BUCHAREST

Abstract: Religious segregation is a process with a very long history, but which has been little analyzed within the Romanian scientific literature. The paper proposes a detailed discussion of how the Armenian community in Bucharest was geographically segregated because of religious reasons by the rest of the Orthodox inhabitants of the city almost five centuries ago. The analysis made by the national and international literature on this subject reveals substantial gaps, with multiple theoretical difficulties in explaining how religious segregation can end up in cultural heritage. Incorporating the urban segregation theory and urban culture, the research proposes an exploratory case study as a conceptual basis for future similar studies. The analyzed data have shown that, in time, due to the expansion of urban space and to certain religious concessions, cities can be the beneficiaries of high-value physical elements with an impact on urban culture, architecture and landscape, all thanks to religious segregation.

Key words: geographic segregation, religion, urban culture, Armenians, Bucharest.

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