Today I made a wonderful excursion to Tatev Monastery. On our way we visited also beautiful Noravank. During half a day we had very nice weather, Later it began to snow high in the mountains and rain below.
Noravank is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu river. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building. The monastery is sometimes called Noravank at Amaghu, with Amaghu being the name of a small and nowadays abandoned village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently. a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.
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Silvio1953 (126808) 2014-04-03 12:32
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of fantastic monastery in a beautiful mountain landscape, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (36101) 2014-04-03 12:37
ti stai dedicando a zone fredde, certo questa è sicuramente neon fredda della precedente, ma si vede ancora un po' di neve.
Molto bella anche questa tua seconda foto dall'Armenis, bella l'architettura e bello il contrasto con la montagna alle spalle. La luce è piuttosto forte e crea delle ombre decise, ma che danno forma alla costruzione.
Saluti e buon proseguimento
macjake (58824) 2014-04-03 12:46
you must be collecting SO many air miles lately :)
good for you.
this is a wonderfully crisp and clean looking photo.
exposure and lighting are spot on, can't possibly find one flaw in it.
striking subject too, nice shot!
looking forward to your photos as usual.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-03 13:06
in questi ultimi tuoi viaggi hai affinato la tua tecnica e proponi foto sempre più belle non solo nella composizione ma anche ricche di contenuti tecnici.
Anche questa di oggi è straordinaria per la somma di questi elementi.
Una foto sicuramente di gran classe.
Ciao e buona notte
fritzi007 (7528) 2014-04-03 14:26
also ich wäre lieber dort als in Graz (von mir eine Autostunde). Wenn ich dein Foto sehe denke ich dieser ort muss sehr viel Ausstrahlung haben! Dein Foto und Kommentar ist wie immer perfekt, gratuliere
lousat (79772) 2014-04-03 14:39
Hi Malgo,another great great pic from your fresh armenian trip,absolutey beautiful this monastery and the scenery too,with the soft last snow of this winter,spectacular lights,colors and details,great 3D effect too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (15762) 2014-04-03 14:54
Are you following Paul steps?, seems Armenia is the place to go, al least fpr TE memners
Tahnks to you bothand also Chris I am watching, enjoying and appreciating these impressive churches and monasteries
Like mainly the color, made for sure with stones of the reion?
Like the pov, light and more the mountains at the back
Well done, will follow tour steps
photoray (12968) 2014-04-03 15:11
Attractive view of Tatev Monastery, in fine condition considering its age, and unique artistic architecture especially the open arch top tower. And a bonus with the snow covered mountain backdrop.
PaulVDV (23413) 2014-04-03 18:10
With the snow on the mountain slope this is such a different view for me. When I visited Noravank it was hot and the surrounding red rocky mountains created rather a desert impression.
Excellent sharp presentation of this little church and its beautiful architectural decorations.
I suspect that you were there perhaps only the two of you while the day of my visit of Noravank I belonged to a tour group. The image here gives me a stronger feeling of remoteness.
Best regards, Paul
Corry (4508) 2014-04-03 18:47
Il est superbe ce petit monastère au pied des hautes montagnes. La lumière met bien en évidence son architecture et ses couleurs. Excellent point de vue. Magnifique.
rychem (25844) 2014-04-03 21:26
To jest region dla mnie teoche nieodgadniony, tak niewiele o nim wiemy, odmienna kultura i architektura, piekny kosciol klasztorny, swietne zdjecie
jjcordier (77818) 2014-04-03 21:48
Excellente photo de ce monastère très bien éclairé. L'arrière plan montagneux est splendide.
jemaflor (87321) 2014-04-03 22:50
Well presented, very beautiful photo with interesting architecture and nice landscapoe with snow on the BG, perfect light and sharpness.
kasianowak (7315) 2014-04-04 1:51
Przepiekne i oryginalne sa te armenskie kosciolki, zwykle otoczone malowniczymi gorami. W tym zdjeciu bardzo dobrze dobralas tlo do glownego tematu.
holmertz (43283) 2014-04-04 3:11
A beautiful old church but its location supplies at least half of the effect. Placed in a city, surrounded by ordinary houses, a lot of the beauty would have been lost. It's perfectly placed with the mountain as a backdrop, and especially the thin layer of fresh snow add a fine atmosphere.
snunney (87272) 2014-04-04 4:22
I an see you are enjoying your excursion into Armenia, a part of the world I have never visited. I like this composition very much. It is perfectly exposed and benefits from a lovely warm light and colours to match. The composition is excellent with the vertical format being the ideal frame to present the subject in its mountainous landscape.
Sergiom (63939) 2014-04-04 5:49
Quelle belle petite église perdue dans les montagnes. J'aime beaucoup l'architecture ainsi que la couleur de la terre.J'aime le jeu des ombres et de la lumière. Quelle belle montagne en arrière plan.
worldcitizen (7297) 2014-04-04 14:55
Hello again Malgo,
Another lovely photo from Armenia. :-) This time the close-up puts the emphasis on the monastery, and we can see many of its architectural details. The background is still impressive, and I like the play of light and shadows.
serp2000 (41346) 2014-04-04 23:49
Yesterday I was in the Little Armenia in LA. But your photo is great! Excellent presentation of the ancient architecture, outstanding background. I see this south country has a lot of snow-covered mountains. Thanks for your interesting report from Armenia!
We have plans to meet with Bulent and Carol Jean after my return from San Francisco. ;)
Greetings from Riverside, CA!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-05 2:15
Kosciol i jego architektura przyciagaja na pewno nasza uwage i zachwycaja swoim pieknem,ale ja musze przyznac,ze rownie bardzo podoba mi sie sceneria wokol.
Lekko osniezone gorskie zbocza oraz blekit nieba tworza naprawde malownicze tlo dla architektury.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze udanego zwiedzania
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-04-05 5:45
mozna tylko pozazdroscic takich widokow. Piekna architektura i w tym cieplym swietle wyglada jeszcze bardziej atrakcyjnie. Gory w tle z resztkami sniegu stanowia swietne tlo dla tego klasztoru. Bardzo ladne kolory i idealna ostrosc.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-04-08 12:05
this is such a charming picture of the monastery with excellent sharpness and colours. Great textural and architectural details of the stone construction with the imposing mountain making a superb background. Thanks for sharing and have a great new day.
SnapRJW (31621) 2014-04-13 23:41
Hello Malgo - What a delightful picture and so nicely managed. The church is, to my eyes, very unusual and distinctive. The good light models the detail well and the snow dusted mountain make a superb backdrop.
Very nice indeed!
Didi (58064) 2014-04-16 17:12
Hi dear Malgo
Very good view on the church in this wonderful mountain area
I appreciate the architecture volume with interesting lights repartition
mcmtanyel (14939) 2014-04-20 20:36
What a rugged and beautiful building, just like the mountain behind it. The place looks too deserted to be used currently. Good POV using the little bit of snow dusting on the mountain which helps the monastery stand out.
adores (39187) 2014-04-29 14:30
This churches are so beautiful and so well placed. Beautiful landscape, with some snow still covering the mountain. Very beautiful colours!
Miguel82 (25477) 2014-08-19 6:31
Mysterious monastery in the mountains Malgorzata, sharp image well framed, instructive photo note, regards