A gardener walking past the Mayr Tajar Surb Church at Ejmiatsin (also spelled Echmiadzin and various other ways) in Armenia. This is one of the oldest churches in the world, built in the 4th century (with later additions), and according to Wikipedia the oldest church commissioned by a state.
Mayr Tajar Surb could be compared to Saint Peter's Church of Rome. It is the central cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic church and is surrounded by a large compound housing a number of buildings, including the residence of the Armenian Patriarch, a theological seminary, museums etc. It is often known as the Vatican of the Armenian church.
Ejmiatsin, with a population of roughly 50 000, is the fourth largest city of Armenia and is located a short distance west of the capital Yerevan.
I will post two other pictures from the compund as workshops.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-07 10:00
I continue to envy you this trip to the Caucasus, Gert - a somewhat more difficult journey from my area of the world than from yours, though one I would love to make if time and resources ever allow. Nice shot with an informative note, and I like the inclusion of the gardener, which adds a human element to this shot of a hugely symbolic building. A shame he couldn't be caught closer to the right side of the frame, giving him the full path to walk down, but he does add a great deal to the composition.
bayno (18344) 2012-08-07 10:10
very beautiful vibrant colors of this your photos, beautiful day with a great clear sky, the church is fantastic, looks really old and I dare say the Romanesque style, the gardener looks curious and not known to be part of the composition...nice one..
marcan44 (6307) 2012-08-07 10:16
grazie a te che ci hai presentato questa antichissima chiesa armena di cui non avevo conoscenza.
La figura umana dà il senso delle dimensioni.
Eccellente la qualità della immagine per nitidezza e gestione luci.
T F S !
Nicou (141100) 2012-08-07 11:03
trèsw belle compo et iamge sueprbe vue quelle compo avec le jardinier qui passe devant la belle église fantastique cpatage et image.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37870) 2012-08-07 12:16
I assume that you saw this man walking along and waited until he was at this perfect position, exactly beneath the church tower. Perfect coordination! Very interesting note and excellent colours.
tyro (24604) 2012-08-07 13:58
A very interesting note and a fine trio of photographs to illustrate this holy place.
This picture gives a very good indication of the church itself, whose main structure seems both massy and fairly simple: I presume that the more ornate parts of the structure represent the later additions.
I like your two workshop pictures too. In the first, it would appear that photographers are swarming around the place. It would also appear that the priests are quite indifferent to being photographed too - I have noted that in Greece in particular, monks and nuns very much shy away from having their photographs taken.
The balloon seller photograph is appealing too - and, despite what you say, I think the light it all right - it might be a bit bright in the background but the lady herself and her balloons are well lit and well seen.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-07 19:31
I like that the man has made eye contact as he quickly passes by. Nice clairty and strong contrasts.
emka (96408) 2012-08-07 22:49
Hi Gert, I have heard about this interesting sanctuary. Interesting architecture of this very early church. And the photo in your style too, the main theme being the man going to work. Pleasant composition.
Regards from Germany Malgorzata
wolf38 (31296) 2012-08-07 23:40
Hello Gert. When I see your photos, I look first to the country. So here again a photo of Armenia. The text is very instructive. The church has style elements from the Orient and the Occident. It is amazing that the church has survived many centuries. The gardener is included in a pleasant way to the overall composition. Best regards, Wolfgang.
... successful workshop
lousat (90638) 2012-08-08 1:25
Hi Gert,very original idea to take the gardener in front to the church,it's like the cherry on the cake...ehehehe....magnificent architechture and beautiful capture whit excellent details and colors and a very professional light management.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (57982) 2012-08-08 1:45
Very fine daily life scene. Simple and attractive capture, well taken.
pajaran (60039) 2012-08-08 8:13
Lep pogled na bastovana i staru crkvu.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Nice view of the gardeners and the old church.
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good lyrics and composition, beautiful architecture.
Have a nice day, all the best.
abmdsudi (53607) 2012-08-08 12:58
A great street scene, a happy shot indeed with the added bonus in the background, a magnificent ancient church depicting its fine features in excellent perspective. Although the lighting is rather strong but manageable with fine exposure and thumb up for attention to gorgeous detail pin sharp and cleanness making the structure looks so elegant. The brilliant blue sky further adds the cheery mood! Well done, TFS
agjika (3177) 2012-08-08 14:56
Lovely shot. This is the second church in Armenia that I have seen, thanks to your photos, I really like their elegant, solid and unique buildings.
Thanks for sharing
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-08 16:01
a beautiful photo of this amzing architecture, the POV is very attractive, I like the gardener in the foreground....superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Graal (102752) 2012-08-08 23:29
an interesting old church, good presentation. Fine composition with the gardener on FG. I like complementary WS also. Good Armenian serie.
Have a nice day.
annjackman (21895) 2012-08-09 9:59
Fourth century is a very long time ago! A super record of this ancient church and I like the human touch with the man and his gardening fork. Lovely detail caught in the stonework. I was very interested in the note and WS shots.
Kind Regards, Ann
bukitgolfb301 (41424) 2012-08-09 18:49
Hi dear Gert, how are you?
Sorry for my late reaction to your latest posting, just posting my shots, as I have beeen so busy for several mattres.
This is very calm and peaceful image. Marvelous framework and perfect moment you catch. You very well described the just best atmosphere by catching his walking style. Thanks for your sharing and have a nice last working day!
Takero from Tokyo
jhm (152178) 2012-08-10 3:45
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Also your both pictures as workshop are excellent taken
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-08-11 9:04
Very nice capture of this ground keeper. I like the way you positioned him against a dark background. Good dof with nice details and great lighting. Well done, tfs.
Angshu (56750) 2012-08-14 7:05
The church seems to have been renovated given the condition which belies its 4th century origin. Nice daily life picture with the gardener. The clear blue sky provides a nice cap. The 2 WS posts are more people oriented, from the church compound
fabbs99 (17135) 2012-08-18 4:18
The gardener looks smart in his blue attire walking past the Armenian Church.We used to have sizeable population of Armenian in Calcutta even till the 80s,but of late the population has dwindled to a non-significant figure.There is still a college and a church attributed to the Armenians in Calcutta.Nice image with contrast.
mkamionka (36250) 2012-08-21 13:23
although I have never been to this part of the world I can already recognize the characteristic architecture of this region. Great presentation and the worker adds a nice touch.
Very well done,
gervaso (13251) 2012-10-09 4:24
Interesting architecture of this church, and the open sky behind makes is even more beautiful. I like the inclusion of the gardener and the green in the foreground, giving more life to the image. Beautiful composition! Well done!
Matyas (0) 2015-07-18 0:34
Hello Gert! Smooth worker, fine pose, fine scene. Amazing architecture in the background. Good shot. Splendid effect. Good luck!
kasianowak (8885) 2016-04-17 13:09
Before I disappear from TE... This image was featured on the home page today.
Strong sense of place with the iconic Armenian church, the person of the gardener adds to the atmosphere of summer.
Both the main upload and the WS photos brings back memories of my previous stay in Armenia in 2010.
jmdias (63934) 2016-06-12 2:01
amazing view of the architecture of this old church, nice angle and nice idea include the gardener in the image. this should be a beautiful place to know.