História (São Paulo)
On-line version ISSN 1980-4369
MARTINO, Luís Mauro Sá. From sacred place to dancing venue: the medieval churches in Norwich. História [online]. 2010, vol.29, n.1, pp. 108-119. ISSN 1980-4369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-90742010000100008.
This article shows the effects of secularization process on religious spaces converted into lay places. The case study focuses on the redundant religious medieval buildings of Norwich, England. Field research and documental analysis shows that the secularization of places can assume three forms: the preservation of places intact as part of the historical legacy of an age; the lenting of the old buildings to a 'friendly' new use; finally, the scraping of any historical reference and the building use as any other.
Keywords : Secularization; Architecture; Place.