Scientific Visit: Students of the Architectural Engineering Department to Mar-Yousif Church/ Ankawa

A scientific visit was conducted by the 3rd stage students of the Architectural Engineering Department to Mar-Yousif church in Ankawa on Sunday, February 5th, 2023. The visit was fascinating to experience, which allows for exploring the history, art, architecture, and culture of the building and its surrounding community. There were some points that the students considered: Churches often feature intricate designs and impressive engineering feats, such as columns with decorative tops and stained-glass windows. They examine the different architectural styles and their historical significance, as well as how the building’s design affects its acoustics and lighting. The Church features beautiful works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and mosaics. That provides insights into the religious beliefs and cultural practices of the community that built and used the church. Churches can also offer insights into the scientific and technological advances of their time. For example, the use of specific building materials, or how advances in engineering and construction techniques have influenced the design and functionality of the building. A large, heavy chandelier was found in the center of the dome, so the method of fixing it and attaching it to the ceiling was explained by the lecturer. A scientific visit to a church provides a fascinating glimpse into the past and present of a community and can deepen our understanding of the intersections between religion, culture, art, and science.