Vox Civitatis: el paisaje sonoro en la Jerusalén del siglo XII

Translated title of the contribution: Vox Civitatis: The soundscape Jerusalem in the Twelfth-Century

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The arrival of the crusaders in 1099 changed significantly the soundscape of medieval Jerusalem. Godfrey of Bouillon's early order that bells should be cast for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was one of the first acts in the liturgical appropriation of the city, and the beginning of the grand process of the Christian renewal of Jerusalem. This paper explores the sounds of Jerusalem, their meaning and role in making Jerusalem a magnificent Christian capital. The paper looks comparatively at pre-crusade Jerusalem and contemporary Western cities in order to highlight the unique characteristics of the soundscape of Latin Jerusalem. It surveys narrative, liturgical and material sources to reconstruct the abundance of sounds, and ponder on their spatial and social significance.

Translated title of the contributionVox Civitatis: The soundscape Jerusalem in the Twelfth-Century
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)63-84
Number of pages22
JournalAd Limina
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2017


  • Bells
  • Christian-Muslim relations
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Crusades
  • Holy Land
  • Interfaith relations
  • Latin liturgy
  • Medieval Jerusalem
  • Pilgrimage

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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