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Michalis Olympios

Department of History and Archaeology
Cyprus University of Technology


Undergraduate studies at the Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1999-2003). Postgraduate Studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (MA in Art History, 2004-5, and PhD in Art History, 2005-10). He has taught as special scientist at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus (2007/8). He holds the position of Lecturer in the History of Western Art at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus, where he has been teaching since January 2011.

Research Interest

Medieval art and architecture in Europe. His current research focuses on Gothic architecture and sculpture in France and the Latin East. More specific interests include the role of the design process in Gothic building, the uses of space in medieval monasteries and ecclesiastical precincts, as well as the interplay of ritual, architectural form and 'sacred topography' in late medieval churches.


  • 'Rummaging through Ruins: Architecture in Limassol in the Lusignan and Venetian Periods', in Lemesos. A History of Limassol in Cyprus from Antiquity to the Ottoman Conquest, eds A. Nicolaou-Konnari and C. Schabel (Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015), 362-500.

  • 'Resting in Pieces: Gothic Architecture in Cyprus in the Long Fifteenth Century', in Medieval Cyprus. A Place of Cultural Encounter, eds S. Rogge and M. Gruenbart [Schriften des Instituts fuer Interdisziplinaere Zypern-Studien 11] (Muenster - New York, 2015), 309-353.

  • ‘Courtly Splendours: Hugh IV's Bellapais Abbey and the English Decorated Style’, in Decorated Revisited. English Architectural Style in Context, 1250-1400, ed. J. Munns (forthcoming, 2017).

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