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Sunset Over The Cathedral


Sunset Over The Cathedral
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Copyright: vlad vh (pozaru) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-27
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 0:32
Viewed: 1272
Points: 4
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Curtea de Argeş Cathedral
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The Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş (early 16th century) is one of the most famous buildings in Romania, and stands in the grounds of a monastery, in Curtea de Argeş city. It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

It resembles a very large and elaborate mausoleum, built in Byzantine style, with Moorish arabesques. In shape it is oblong, with a many-sided annex at the back. In the centre rises a dome, fronted by two smaller cupolas, while a secondary dome, broader and loftier than the central one, springs from the annex. Each summit is crowned by an inverted pear-shaped stone, bearing a triple cross, emblematic of the Trinity.

The windows are mere slits; those of the tambours (the cylinders on which the cupolas rest) are curved and slant at an angle of 70 degrees, as though the tambours were leaning to one side. Between the pediment and the cornice a thick corded moulding is carried round the main building. Above this comes a row of circular shields, adorned with intricate arabesques, while bands and wreaths of lilies are everywhere sculptured on the windows, balconies, tambours and cornices, adding lightness to the fabric. It is all raised on a platform 7 ft (2.1 m). high and encircled by a stone balustrade.

Facing the main entrance is a small open shrine, consisting of a cornice and dome upheld by four pillars. The cathedral is faced with pale grey limestone, easily chiselled but hardening on exposure. The interior is of brick, plastered and decorated with frescoes. Close by stands a large royal palace, Moorish in style. The archives of the cathedral were plundered by Hungarians and Turks, but several inscriptions, Greek, Slav and Roman, are left.

One tablet records that the founder was Prince Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521); another that Prince Ioan Radu completed the work in 1526; a third describes the repairs executed in 1681 by Prince Şerban Cantacuzino; a fourth, the restoration, in 1804, by Joseph, the first bishop. Between 1875 and 1885 the cathedral was reconstructed, and in 1886 it was reconsecrated.

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Lindo seu ponto de vista para essa belíssima arquitetura, Vlad! Parabéns!

Abraços,
Bruno

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-05 5:10]

Hi Vlad,

Although the towers are not identical, I still like the symmetry and POV in this composition. The details and warm tones of the structure are nicely seen, well done.

Best regards,
Werner

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  • teamill Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1499 W: 271 N: 1908] (10985)
  • [2010-05-05 5:12]

Nice Vlad .. love your chosen perspective - I like the inverted "V" of the rooftop corner. Great colors, and sharp detail against the blue sky.
Trudy

Hi vlad,

Lovely POV of this extremely ornamented cathedral. good light on both illuminated and shadow zones. Nice soft tones with great detail.
Makes you curious to know haw the whole building looks like.
TFS,
Patrick

Bonjour Vlad
Magnifique architecture avec d'excellents détails.Le POV met bien en valeur cette cathédrale.
Bravo Vlad et TFS.Catherine

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