Guest Posts

One of the signs that the Via Lucis community has grown is the number of guest writers who have added their experience, knowledge, and talent to the site in the last year or so. Here is an overview of those contributors with a preview of some others who will follow. We encourage you to take the time to review these interesting and informative posts.

Jong-Soung Kimm

Jong-Soung Kimm

Jong-Soung Kimm

We are honored that Jong-Soung Kimm (architect of the extraordinary Kyongju Artsonje Museum) has written posts on churches in Spain and Germany. His passion and knowledge of medieval architecture, combined with fine photography, have contributed considerably to Via Lucis.

Biographical sketch

Monasterio Santa Maria de Vilabertran (Girona)

La Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, Torres del Rio (Navarra)

La Iglesia del Crucifijo, Puente la Reina (Navarra)

The Abbey Church of San Salvador de Leyre (Navarra)

The Cistercian Abbey Church of Otterberg

The Cathedral Saint Peter of Worms

Saint Michael’s Church, Hildesheim

Abbey Church of St. Servatius, Quedlinburg

Benedictine Abbey Church of Maria Laach

Palatine Chapel, Aachen (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Imperial Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mary and Saint Stephen, Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Catedral de Santa María de Urgel, Seu d’Urgell (Lleida)

Sant Vicenç de Cardona, Cardona (Barcelona)

Saint Cyriakus, Gernrode (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany)

Basilica of San Isidoro, León (Castile-León)

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia)

Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes, El Port de la Selva (Girona)

Mainzer Dom Sankt Martin, Mainz (Rhineland–Palatinate)

Dom Sankt Peter, Trier (Rhineland–Palatinate)

Sankt Maria im Kapitol, Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia)


Douglas Read

Douglas Read (RIAS)

Douglas Read (RIAS)

Douglas Read is a Scottish architect with a practice of restoration and conservation of buildings of historical importance. His post “Theories of Architectural Conservation” is one of the most popular on the Via Lucis site.

Biographical sketch

Theories of Architectural Conservation


Dr. Janet Marquardt

Dr. Janet Marquardt

Dr. Janet Marquardt

Dr. Marquardt is one of the authorities on the work of Angelico Surchamp and the Editions Zodiaque. Her long-awaited work Zodiaque; Making Medieval Modern, 1951–2001 (Penn State University Press 2015) has just recently been published.

Biographical sketch

Editions Zodiaque


Albert Pinto

Albert Pinto

Albert Pinto

Mr. Pinto’s work concentrates on an anthropological approach to the interpretation of medieval religious imagery.

Biographical sketch

Grandeur and Misery


Salvador Penaloza

Salvador Penaloza

Salvador Penaloza

Mr. Penaloza is a photographer from Mexico who documents many of the historic churches of his native country.

Churches in Mexico






Dr. Sara Lutan-Hassner

Sara Lutan-Hassner

Sara Lutan-Hassner

Dr. Lutan-Hassner is a lecturer in Art History at Tel Aviv University and a specialist in medieval art history

Biographical sketch

Collégiale de Candes-Saint-Martin




Andreï Gheorghe Vlad

Andreï Gheorghe Vlad

Andreï Gheorghe Vlad

Andreï Vlad comes from Roumania where he trained as an architect. He lives and works today in the former monastic buildings of the Prieuré Sainte-Gemme in the Charente-Maritime region of France. He is dedicated to the restoration of the site and to understanding the history of this superb medieval monument.

Biographical sketch
“Relevé et Restitutions” – Prieuré Sainte-Gemme – French
“Understanding and Reconstruction” – Prieuré Sainte-Gemme – English


Nathan Mizrachi

Nathan Mizrachi

Nathan Mizrachi

Nathan is a fellow blogger, lover of medieval art and architecture, and a traveller of extraordinary dimension.

“Go Home Stonehenge, You’re Drunk: Why Salisbury Cathedral Merits Your Attention Instead




4 responses to “Guest Posts

  1. I do not know where to post this… but soon or later PJ and Dennis you will need to associate with someone French and have a real French version of your site (not a Google Translation which doesn’t work)… Surely you would have a crowd of French people interested in your work (not mentioning other Europeans)… I am a fan and I can barely write English…

  2. Pingback: Zodiaque, Making Medieval Modern by Janet Marquardt | Via Lucis Photography

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