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A kind of art?

Today I want to show you three photos, also taken last week during our monthly photographers roundtable, but they are very different fromĀ the photos I usually put here in my blog. Although they are so different, there is no post-processing in them. Only landscape, light, my camera and I.

I came up with a new idea and when looking on the camera screen I liked the result. When looking on them at home on the the big computer screen, I still liked them. What do you think? I’d like to read your comments in the box below.

Although I put them here in a slightly bigger size in the post, they are at the same size as all of my other photos. As always, just click on them to see them bigger šŸ™‚

Take care!

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The Barcelona Cathedral

600_6551-s_wThe cathedral of Barcelona is located at a huge square in the old town, but itĀ is jammed between other houses and stands behind in the dark. On the stairs in front of the portal are the usual suspects: beggars, tourist guides with umbrellas and other funny marks to get the attention of theirĀ groups to get them all together, artists and musicians. All in all, a very unpleasant environment for a cathedral.

Even the inside is kind of crowded. Many visitors walking slowly up and down the aisles, chatting and taking photographs. Beside the altar the choir impressed me most. It is completely segregated from the rest of the cathedral, just like a church inside the church. Only monks and priests are allowed to take their place inside the choir (and tourists as part of a guided tour). All the others can look inside through the grid at the altar side of the choir (photo above).

When inside, pay attention to the carved hand plates between the wooden chairs in the choir. As far as I was able to see them, each one is different from the others. I included some in my gallery below.

Once the cathedral was part of a monastery. Although the buildingsĀ still exist, but, as far as I know, their isn’t any monk living anymore.

As you can see from the building style, the cathedral is quite old. It was founded back in the 11th century and is donated to St. Eulalia, the patron of Barcelona and a martyr in late roman times. She is buried under the altar and her martyrdom is engraved above the door of the choir. The Legend says, she was killed 4 times in a row.

You can also visit the cloister (I’ll show you the hidden secret of the cathedral in an other post) and the roof.

Visiting the roof costs you a small fee. Depending on the visiting time, you also have to pay an entrance fee for the cathedral itself. Visiting the choir also costs you a fee, but, I don’t know, where to pay.

To give praying room to the believers, there is a separate chapel right behind the main entrance on the right.

Now, feel free and look around by using my photographs.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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This weeks photo challenge is quite hard: object! Ā Finding a tangible subject, that inspired me and is still the subject of my photo.Ā 

I took one photo out of my series of abstract architecture, taken last summer. I guess, I didn’t show any of that series here.

Enjoy!

 

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Weekly photo challenge: one

DSC_3454-e_wThis weeks photo challenge at “The daily post” has chosen “one” as the theme for our photos.

The one point of interest, the main part or even one of a kind. There are so many unique things to photograph.

Because of christmas I chose this lonely, wooden Santa. Merry Christmas!

Maybe you’re interested to had a look on some other posts here.Ā There are already three other posts on Christmas habits here in my blog and the next one will be online on Sunday.

Take care!

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Having a little chat

600_3744-e_wThese two figurines are sitting in front of the former commodity exchange of Havana, not far from the harbour. The building in the back in the first photo already belongs to the harbour. Nowadays a commodity exchange isn’t necessary anymore, because Cuba’s economy is centrally planed and controlled by the socialistic government.

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and while waiting for my next post on cuba you could have a loon on my past posts.

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Gargoyles II

Here are the promised gargoyles I found at Notre Dame de Paris.

There are certainly much more and even quite different ones on top of the cathedral. Unfortunately I wasn’t on top of the cathedral, but I definitely want to go to when in Paris for the next time.

Over the time the gargoyles were attacked by the rain water and so some of the decorations got victims of erosion ( I mentioned in my previos post, that they were attached to prevent the stone from being eroded by the rain water, as you can see easyly on the attached photos). But over the last 150 years, when Continue reading “Gargoyles II”

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gargoyles

can be found at many churches, abbeys and old government buildings.

These imaginative figurines are made of stone and usually have a pipe ending with a spout in their mouth to spit water to the ground. The architects designed them to prevent the walls from being eroded by the rainwater running down the walls and thus minimizing the influence of the rainstorms. The length of the gargoyle determines, how far the water is spit from the wall.

In ancient times figurines

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Visiting Louvre Palais

You know, Louvre palace was the city palace of the former French kings (do you remeber Louis XIV, the “Sun King”).

You can’t imagine, how big this palace is. I was really impressed by its size. It’s build like an edgy horse shoe (or a rectangle with one open side). There is a large garden (now a park) at the open side: the Tuilleries. I can really understand,

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