‘Ananuri, a castle and church complex’
Ananuri, a beautiful castle complex, is an easy day trip from Tbilisi.
It is situated in a wooded mountainous setting on the shore of a lake, the Zhinvali reservoir, formed by the building of a dam, the Zhinvali Dam, in 1986.
As many other fortresses, churches and monasteries in Georgia, Ananuri is built on a great photogenic location.
This fortified castle complex is built by the Dukes of Aragvi. The oldest parts date from the 13th century. It was the scene of numerous battles and remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century.
The fortifications consist of two castles. One has a large well preserved square tower. The other with a round tower is mostly in ruins.
Two churches are part of the complex. The older one dates from the first half of the 17th century of which the interior is no longer decorated. A larger Church of the Assumption is built in 1689. It’s a central dome style structure with richly decorated facades and the remains of a number of frescoes.
This and a lot more information is found on Wikipedia.
Please have also a look at the workshop where I show the same castle complex from other points of view.
Can you believe that it were pictures of Ananuri that had finally convinced me to visit Georgia?
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emka (104210) 2013-10-28 23:20
Hi Paul, I believe that the pictures of Ananuri that convinced you to visit Georgia, after seeing your photos I begin to think about visiting Georgia too. Excellent photo, beautiful architecture, fantastic landscape around, the curvy road guides eyes gently to the beautiful lake. Superb!
carlo62 (53252) 2013-10-28 23:40
un castello imponente in uno scenario fantastico.
Hai trovato anche una bella luce che lo mette bene in risalto insieme alla bella architettura della chiesa, che sembra più recente o mantenuta meglio.
HimalAnda (10671) 2013-10-29 0:18
That's a very nice picture of a beautiful castle.
The composition is good with the lake in the background (even if it would have been better without the car on the road!).
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-29 0:19
Hello Paul - An attractively constructed shot with the road leading us past the distinctive buildings to the lake beyond. It looks like some people are selling items under the tree, a good place to set up a stall! Very nicely seem and managed. Warm regards Rosemary
lousat (95888) 2013-10-29 0:46
Hi Paul,this place looks perfect for a book of fairy tales..ehehe...how is nice and original,whit these architechtures so beautiful and stranges,the scenery too is magnificent,and i can see the best in the WS,2 magnificent pics,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
shevchenko (20548) 2013-10-29 1:13
Beautiful old architectures on the slope, it is magnificent architectures too, nice geographical feature that comprises lake and mountain, good pov to frame it all, distinct photo, thanks for sharing a fascinating view.
holmertz (57367) 2013-10-29 4:50
This place seems to be among those few that look just as good from whatever angle you see them. All three photos are remarkably beautiful. Georgia is certainly a very scenic countriy but the still not so developed infrastrucure makes it less accessible than many other countries. No doubt the country has the potential of becoming a major tourist destination.
Sergiom (85999) 2013-10-29 5:33
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image.Le regard veut suivre la petite route dans l'image mais tourne continuellement vers le château et ses très belles tours rondes qui se dressent dans un ciel impeccable.
jhm (157878) 2013-10-29 5:34
Opnieuw is uw hoek perfect gekozen, daaruit blijft dat u veel aandacht geeft waar u de foto wil nemen.
Zoveel goede zaken te zien op de juiste plaats, ook zo mooi verdeeld over de volledige foto.
Kleur, scherpte en presentatie zorgen voor een perfecte foto.
Zeer mooi foto werk, bedankt.
Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,
saxo042 (37966) 2013-10-29 7:41
This is a very impressive castle and your capture is very good. The picture is really well balanced. A very beautiful landscape here! I also enjoy your note and the two complementary pictures.
rychem (40649) 2013-10-29 9:03
Georgia is not as well known as Greece or Turkey, you showed interesting architecture with a good point of view, beautiful light and composition, good depth of field
lgir (7363) 2013-10-29 10:18
Nice perspective on the castle with a good depth of field and very pleasant contrasts.
adramad (48400) 2013-10-29 10:20
Wow ...... that most splendid and wonderful composition ... I love the POV captured with perspective nice place down to the sea, great whole that make up the castle and the church, very beautiful landscape with trees and down both the blue sea.
Well managed both luminosity and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-10-29 12:11
veru nice and as you say photogenic place. good colors and p.o.v. interesting workshop as well.
Graal (103038) 2013-10-29 12:38
interesting presentation from Georgia. Unusual old castle and complex with church. Well done photos. I like the complementary WS also. Nice colors, great weather you had.
Have a nice evening.
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-29 13:35
You have discovered a great place for taking this image. The combination of impressive old architecture and charming nature around is absolutely awesome.
The well saturated and vibrant colors are a key of your shot. Excellent execution. TFS.
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-10-30 8:51
this is how I imagine Georgia! The architecture is really wonderful and it could be enough to take good photo. In here we also have very carefully planned composition with all the details well thought through and pretty colors. The lake and the hills create very interesting background for the castle. Great DOF and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
batalay (39915) 2013-10-30 11:00
I particularly like the composition here, with the massive towers of the medieval castle rising on one side, the rolling hills and the roadway winding down toward the water on the other side. The note adds a great deal to the package, indeed in the best tradition of Trekearth.
Warm regards, Paul,
mesutilgim (96730) 2013-10-31 3:23
Another amazing capture from Georgia with perfect pov and layout. Nice cloudy sky creates a perfect background to the scenery.
TFS and best regards
Oceania (5202) 2013-10-31 7:11
Wow, this place look like in fairy tale. The backdrop of the green hill and lake really provides the beautiful setting to the castles.
You are right. This gorgeous place is worth a trip to Georgia.
jemaflor (101285) 2013-10-31 12:16
Une très belle composition depuis ce Pov, jolie présentation de ces tours, la vue plongeante et la présence de la route sinueuse complète bien la photo.
boa (7543) 2013-10-31 14:11
i become more and more convinced to visit Georgia as soon as possibly when i see this picture. Very interesting architecture in beautiful surroundings and a lot of history. I like your excellent composition and well saturated colors, Tfs!
Have a nice evening.
cornejo (45408) 2013-11-01 6:10
Hi Paul, very good picture of this interesting and beautiful castle set in a pleasant place, very well captured in this interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mkamionka (39531) 2013-11-01 8:48
beautiful place and a great presentation. I like again the same characteristic shape of the tower this time in even more spectacular setting with some natural landscape behind. There is so much color here, it is a pleasure to see that and it really encourages to visit Tbilisi. One of my Polish colleagues recently did it as well.
Have a great weekend,
Hansaphotos (8471) 2013-11-01 9:11
Photogenic location indeed. This is a lovely and well balanced composition. Great details along the ancient walls. The blue sky and the glimpse of the lake provides a nice colour contrast for the scene. Very nice work! Thanks.
Have a nice WE.
Best regards, Erling
npecanhuk (76907) 2013-11-01 17:32
Same place, same wonders and same eye-catching picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
ikeharel (76107) 2013-11-02 4:43
A beautiful location, Paul, no wonder the local people like to picknick near the old wall and with such a view.
Marvelousely shown the old tower and the church's turrets and dome, view of the lake and mounbtains on far side.
Pcture superbly taken, with light and great clarity, as usual.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
annjackman (21901) 2013-11-03 5:13
This is very well composed with the road and old walls leading towards the lake. The architecture looks very interesting and your photograph show plenty of detail. A lovely shot and a very good note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
dta (81076) 2013-11-05 10:21
Bojour Paul ,
Un site architectural et historique particulièrement intéressant , dans un cadre de toute beauté , et une composition absolument parfaite .
delpeoples (59430) 2013-11-06 3:42
Salut cher Paul
This is so picturesque and the image quality is flawless. Beautiful rich colours and I like how you placed the castle up against the left side of the frame. An immaculate piece of photography, congratulations.
adores (46299) 2013-11-08 9:02
Looks like one of those beautiful castles we see in postcards! It must be a really interesting place. I like the pov, the road leading us to the castle and also the good colours. A really nice shot!
nikkitta (17068) 2013-11-08 15:36
Exotic place, not known at all and yes it seems an illustration of a fairy tale
Great place to built the castle up the hill overlooking a lake, all the three photos are beautiful, like more # two , my taste
Like the POV with the road going down given deep of field
Well done, enjoy watching it
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-11-09 22:35
Great castle in the lovely surrounding.The DOF, saturation and exposure were managed perfectly. Great work! TFS.
Cricri (123740) 2013-11-11 11:55
Très bon le POV de la route qui mène vers la mer, sur une vue très belle et intéressante de ces deux tours très différentes, belle lumière ,, très belle présentation
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-05 16:02
Une belle harmonie se dégage dans cette photo : les tonalités douces, des couleurs qui se marient bien, et un cadrage qui promène le regard du château au lac.
très belle année 2014 !
jmdias (67187) 2014-02-06 23:35
very nice this angle catching well the shapes of the castle and churches, the vision of the road and the lake created other marvelous elements to enjoy. it is a pity the roof of the church looks like not the traditional one.
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (31173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-20
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-28 20:25