The trinity chapel flooring of Canterbury cathedral: symbols of the way to heavenly Jerusalem



Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the Trinity chapel of cathedral is located a marble pavement with complex symbolism. Experts often argue when was created this pavement and circumstances. Researchers agree only that the Italian or French craftsmen were authors of this pavement. The author of this article proves that the Italian marble craftsmen Cosmati were creators of a mosaic pavement. Craftsmen are known for creation of pavement in a presbytery of the Westminster Abbey in London. The author of this article deciphers symbolism of marble pavement. The author of this article assumes this Cosmati floor mosaics symbolize the opening way of man to Heavenly Jerusalem.

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Keywords: inter-cultural communication, semiotics, semiology, terminology, the history of art, craftsmen Cosmati, Cosmatesque marble floor, Cosmati mosaic, bricklayers, mosaicists, religion, Canterbury Cathedral, Medieval England

Journal rubric: Intercultural Communication and Problems of Globalization: Psycho-, Socio- and Ethnolinguistics

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Tsykunov I.V. The trinity chapel flooring of Canterbury cathedral: symbols of the way to heavenly Jerusalem [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2017. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 144–168. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2017040315. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Igor V. Tsykunov, chef-editor, The magazine «Our psychology», Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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