The Chalk Churches of Basarabi

In the village of Murfatlar (formerly known as Basarabi) in eastern Romania, a complex series of churches and tombs were carved into the side of a steep chalk deposit some time between 800 and 1000 AD, during the Byzantine era. A large section of this chalk hillside has been covered in a shell of concrete and a precarious system of wooden stairs and scaffolding in an attempt to protect the fragile chalk structures and carvings from both weather and tourists. The maze of stairways leading visitors in and out of small rooms carved into the chalk winds past primitive etchings of people, animals, and crosses left behind by ancient worshippers. The creators of the chalk churches remain a mystery. This book was designed and hand bound in Bucharest, Romania.

Pop-up book structure with digitally printed photographs, 6.25 in. x 5.25 in., unique, 2014

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