We made three trips from Yerevan by taxi, and all were very interesting and we visited wonderful places. The third day we went to Geghard Monastery, Garni Temple and Lake Sevan. Here it looks like spring, near the lake it was still winter.
The Temple of Garni is a first century Hellenic temple. It is the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the Christianization of the country in 301 AD. The site's most famous and best preserved edifice, a peristyle Greco-roman temple built in the Ionic order. Of particular interest is the bathhouse located in the northern part of the site. The peristyle temple is situated at the edge of the cliff. It has been surmised that it was constructed in the 1st century AD by the King Tiridates I of Armenia, probably funded with money the king received from emperor Nero during his visit to Rome.
Nearby is the Garni Gorge with well preserved basalt columns, carved out by the Goght River. This portion of the gorge is typically referred to as the "Symphony of the Stones".
Two other views in the Workshops.
Not favorable light from this side, but what to do?
The side view of the temple.
the view of the Valley behind the temple.
Photo in large format
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SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-04-21 0:57
a very nice and intereting old temple. beauiful the mountain landscape behind.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-21 1:14
una foto che mette in evidenza la tua capacità fotografica.
Un soggetto che non ha grandi attrattive fotografiche che hai saputo valorizzare in maniera magnifica esaltandone l'inserimento nel paesaggio circostante e mettendo in evidenza una nitidezza ed una gestione della luce perfetta sia su di esso che su quanto lo circonda.
Ottima anche la composizione.
Complimenti e buona settimana
batalay (38821) 2014-04-21 1:16
Although backlit, the image is dramatic as an almost-silhouette against the mountains and the the big sky. As usual your travelogue package of photo and note are much appreciated.
Nicou (142084) 2014-04-21 1:29
Fantastique vue et image quel temple et ces colonnes grise l'architecture sueprbe image et ce ciel aux très très belles formes sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
vjmite (4216) 2014-04-21 1:39
The photo has come out very well, even though you are looking into the sun. There is enough detail in the shadows to see this classical building well. The front-on view is nice and symmetrical, and shows the building in its rugged environment. The clouds look good too.
besnard (56385) 2014-04-21 2:11
Une bonne prise qui met en valeur ce temple d'une autre époque encadré de montagnes où le soleil joue à cache-cache.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
snunney (99038) 2014-04-21 2:42
A most interesting note to accompany this well presented composition. I like the symmetrical framing, which suits the subject well. The rugged mountain peaks make a fine backdrop for the classical lines of the temple. Very good control over the backlighting.
papagolf21 (101930) 2014-04-21 2:45
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Un grand merci pour la version large. Ce temple me rappelle la maison carrée de Nîmes.
Merci pour la note, merci pour tout.
Très bonne journée.
carlo62 (48265) 2014-04-21 3:08
ottimo lavoro, bellissime immagini anche nel sw, ma questa ha una marcia in più, la panoramica è fantastica e le nuvole ne aumentano l'effetto.
Purtroppo anche qui oggi abbiamo un po' di pioggia....
Fis2 (97599) 2014-04-21 4:00
Piekna budowla i wspanialy krajobraz.
marabu61 (10949) 2014-04-21 4:10
This ancient pagan temple in the middle of nowhere is really fascinating. The perspective with the wide angle lens lets it appear bigger than it probably is and there is no disturbing clutter anywhere. The mountain backdrop add a sense of drama to this place.
have a great day
Sergiom (79633) 2014-04-21 5:14
Je croyais sincèrement que c'était la Grèce. J'aime beaucoup le point de vue très bas qui donne de l'ampleur au temple et qui utilise parfaitement le ciel comme arrière plan.
Noel_Byrne (31130) 2014-04-21 5:58
What a place! We really do live in such an amazing world, especially when we see images like this. This looks like it could be a scene from a film, this truly looks like a place the gods would reside. Up in the mountains, above mere man they build their grand temples. Even the clouds behind add to that feeling of this being a place of deities. Very nicely done, a fascinating place to learn of!
Silvio1953 (143146) 2014-04-21 6:11
ciao Malgorzata, great view of beutiful temple in a fascinating landscape, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (36023) 2014-04-21 9:16
Przez moment myślałem, że jesteś w Grecji, budowla jak przeniesiona stamtąd, a krajobraz z tyłu jak marzenie
holmertz (52722) 2014-04-21 12:55
A very impressive temple, looking just as good as any in Greece or Italy, at least from this distance. The location is marvellous too and the somewhat difficult light hasn't affected the quality of the shot. All three photos are very good. Three long journeys by taxi sounds pretty expensive, even for Armenia.
photoray (13981) 2014-04-21 15:07
Interesting ancient temple, appearing to be in dececent condition, and surrounded by mountains instead of crowded modern buildings.
macjake (67760) 2014-04-23 1:02
we are neighbors today on the new gallery page :)
you know what i like about this photo the most? how the Temple is seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Almost like an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere in Iceland :) haha
powerful bg with the clouds and harsh looking landscape. Magical looking place.
mcmtanyel (22620) 2014-05-10 22:05
I am pleasantly surprised to see a hellenic temple all the way in Armenia. What to do about light? You don't need advice in that department, great light management and DOF!
PS. I have uploaded a photo of Chris in today's photo's workshop, it was more in context that way.