Staging Holiness: The Case of Hospitaller Rhodes (ca. 1309-1522)


The open access publication of this book has been published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

In Staging Holiness: The Case of Hospitaller Rhodes (ca. 1309-1522) Sofia Zoitou offers a study of the history of relic collections, devotional rituals, and sites invested with special meaning on Rhodes, during a time when the island became one of the most frequented ports of call for ships carrying pilgrims from Venice to the Holy Land. Scrutinizing late medieval travel reports by pilgrims from all over Europe along with extant historical, archaeological, visual, and material evidence, Sofia Zoitou traces the various forms of the Rhodian cultic sites’ evolution and perception, ultimately considered as an overall artistic strategy for the staging of the sacred.
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Sofia Zoitou completed her Ph.D. (2019, University of Fribourg) as a member of the SNSF research project Von Venedig zum Heiligen Land. Her research focuses on the themes of religious materiality and cultic phenomena connected with pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.
List of Figures
 1 Aims and Context of This Study
 2 Historical Context

1 The Hospitallers’ Institutions
 1 St. John of the Collachium
 2 The Chapel of the Grand Master
 3 The Hospital

2 The Borgo and the Area outside the Walls
 1 The Chapel of St. Catherine’s Hospice
 2 St. Anthony
 3 St. John the Baptist de Fonte
 4 Our Lady of Victory and St. Pantaleon

3 Our Lady of Phileremos
 1 Historical and Archaeological Investigation
 2 Cultic Phenomena


All interested in the history of cultic phenomena in Hospitaller Rhodes and their material aspects, in late medieval pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and in intercultural connections in the eastern Mediterranean.
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