‘Tbilisi - Metekhi Church’
Perched high on the cliffs along the Mtkvari River we find the Metekhi Church.
It has been built at the end of the 13th century by king Demetre Tavdadebuli. Several times this church has been damaged and restored.
Already from the 5th century buildings have been constructed on the exact same place. Once there was the palace of the king and another church but they didn’t survive the Mongolian invasion in 1235.
In an opening in the foliage you catch a glimpse of the tower of the Sioni Cathedral.
Before my trip I saw pictures of this church and of other buildings on top of the cliffs with beautiful reflections in the river. This picture is about the best of a reflection that I saw on the spot. At most times the water of the river looked uniformly brown :(
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ricardomattos (3532) 2013-10-07 18:06
A wonderful view . I like the POV you choose to show us this beautiful church. Well framed too with these branches and those trees.
emilbo (21447) 2013-10-07 18:46
Très jolie photo et belle atmosphère de tranquillité. Un bel endroit pour planter une église juste au-dessus du rocher. La composition est excellente avec la végétation. Bel éclairage bons détails.
Tous mes compliments,
serp2000 (33043) 2013-10-07 19:18
Hello dear Paul,
I would like to express my admiration of your photo work. Very smart point of view, and excellent composition as a result. Perhaps you have waited for another result, but I like this photo, don't worry, my friend.
Best wishes from NYC!
fabbs99 (10992) 2013-10-07 23:36
Great scenery and well presented Paul.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-08 1:09
the location is beautiful and unique,just like your presentation of it!
Really like the way you framed the scene-the left part with the tree branch almost joining the rock with the church is spectacular.
Beautiful and creative composition!
Have a nice day
jhm (127843) 2013-10-08 1:55
U koos een zeer mooie hoek we zien zelf de kleine kerktoren tussen de taken van de bomen.
Maar deze grote kerk boven op de rots is gewoon uitzonderlijk gefotografeerd.
Uw foto is zeer goed gevuld met aangename onderwerpen als water en bomen, maar de kerk blijft het hoofddoel.
Heel mooi gedaan prachtig foto werk, ook perfect van kleuren en scherpte.
Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,
npecanhuk (56350) 2013-10-08 1:56
Hi Paul! Very interesting and attractive place! Very beautiful picture! Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent ! Cheers, Neyvan
lousat (63989) 2013-10-08 4:07
Hi Paul,your pics from Georgia are very interesting,a very useful work from this country not often seen on TE,this is really beautiful,i like the imposing perspective and the composition whit the trees on the left as a natural frame,perfect exposure,details and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
danos (78030) 2013-10-08 4:37
nice the view of the church on the top of the rock as surrounded from the foreground water.The brilliant light of the day,enhance the vivid colours as the contrast and the beauty of the place
Sergiom (45214) 2013-10-08 5:32
On dirait que les feuilles de l'arbre accompagnent parfaitement la courbe de la falaise, pour pousser le regard vers cette très belle église au sommet. Superbe composition.
dkmurphys (42389) 2013-10-08 10:25
Spectacular capture of the church. I like the place and your POV illustrate it perfectly.
Have a good night.
Romano46 (11339) 2013-10-08 10:30
il soggetto è piuttosto interessante e l'hai colto molto bene evidenziando la sua imponenza rispetto al fiume.
Una nitidezza eccellente ed una composizione molto ben fatta contribuiscono al successo della foto.
Ciao e buona serata
cornejo (22404) 2013-10-08 10:52
Hi Paul, excellent photography of this beautiful and interesting composition, well captured in this pretty picture with good sharpness, depth, nice light and color. Excellent job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
All the best from southern Spain.
jcpix (6456) 2013-10-08 19:12
A beautiful setting for this church, it really looks quite imposing from this point of view. Frustrating isn't it, to see pictures of something beforehand and not be able to reproduce the same effects? :) I think it's safe to say, we've all dealt with the same grief.
This would certainly appear to be a very conscious composition, placing the Sioni cathedral in the natural arch of the tree branches back there in the distance. Even if the end result was not everything you had hoped for, I would still say that this turned out just fine...a very pleasing and impressive look at the natural landscape and architecture. Well done indeed. Have a great day ahead.
siudzi (27691) 2013-10-08 23:12
You have found a great POV to take this charming scene with a church located on the cliff and its beautiful surroundings. Like it a lot! Very well observed and executed with a perfect light management. TFS.
emka (64100) 2013-10-09 0:01
beautiful old church so high on the cliffs. nice reflection. very careful composition, I like the view of the other church in the perfect place behind the branches. Splendid colours.
Didi (51253) 2013-10-09 6:56
Great place indeed
The lights direction give a crisp aspect on the rock
rbassin (13209) 2013-10-10 10:21
une très belle composition, vous avez bien intégré cette église dans son environnement.
La présence du plan d'eau est un plus.
mesutilgim (72828) 2013-10-10 10:53
Nice capture from Tblisi.
Very good pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (76896) 2013-10-10 12:47
Curious place, curious church.
Excellent composition and POV.
Good colors and sharpness.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (21345) 2013-10-11 0:44
Good Morning Paul,
I have to say, what an attractive shot.
The church looks magnificent, standing so proud on the cliff top, overlooking the river. The reflections, in the water, add an extra appreciation, as the colours change, affected by the water tones.
Love the use of the tree for immediate impact and to give a sense of depth to the whole.
A particularly nice touch is the similarly turreted building, peeping between the fronds of the tree.
Have a lovely day,
mohammad_H (7488) 2013-10-11 1:18
Trees and a beautiful view of the river, and along the background, eye-catching and spectacular, good resolution
Best wishes to you
ChrisJ (91132) 2013-10-12 3:40
Nice fg reflections of the hilltop church in the water with good sharpness and colour. The secondary conical tower on the horizon is a nice alternate focal point and balances the composition. It is also well framed by the trees and branches. Tfs!
thebest (4114) 2013-10-12 17:15
What a beautiful location for a Church - serene & peaceful - This is truly a wonderful photo of excellent clarity / colours & superb reflections.
I LOVE IT!!!
Cricri (92015) 2013-10-12 22:42
Belle situation de l'église sur le rocher, j'aime le feuillages en cadrage, les reflets, et le contraste avec le bleu du ciel, très jolie présentation
SWEETFREEDOM (19900) 2013-10-13 3:32
very good composition, i like the Church on the top of the Cliff and colors.
delpeoples (48564) 2013-10-13 4:42
Salut cher Paul
You wonder how they built this in the location it is. A real feat of engineering and technology. A beautiful photo which is so well composed and saturated. The reflections on the water are the cherry on the cake.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
adramad (30819) 2013-10-13 11:49
A sensational POV that shows the beauty of the church on the cliff above the river, wonderful as you played with those tree branches at the top left of the image, which gives a very beautiful bridge in the background and the dome of another church is fantastic.
Magnificent lighting and sharpness in a nice colorful image.
Have a good Sunday night.
boa (4605) 2013-10-13 14:06
a very good picture from an interesting part of the World. I like your well choosen pov, where several historical buildings are included within the frame. Solid composition and attractive colors, well done!
Have a nice evening.
nikkitta (8869) 2013-10-21 15:22
Yes quite frustrating as Jason said, but it happens like this all the time or you arrived when the building is covered because it is being repaired
anyway you obtained a creative capture where the Sioni Cathedral is very well framed
Thanks also for the informative note
mkamionka (27031) 2013-10-22 8:13
amazing POV which well emphasizes the extraordinary location of this church. This is the typical architecture of chuches in the region I believe. The only thing which bothers me a litle is that the perspective makes it feel as if it was tilted lookig at the church, as the water level seems straingt.
Very encouraging reportage to visit Tbilisi,
pierrefonds (50930) 2013-10-22 18:04
La distance entre les branches et la falaise donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails, les couleurs de la falaise et de l'église. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Angshu (52878) 2013-10-24 2:24
The location of the church sitting atop the cliff is dramatic indeed! You have framed it well with the foliage...the added bonus is the glimpse of the cathedral in the far BG...Well done!
maloutim (9455) 2013-10-24 11:44
I love the atmosphere that you captured of the church standing high on its rock, overlooking the peaceful lake adorned by a frame of branches, specially designed to give an opening on the cathedral tower in the distance.
josepmarin (56467) 2013-10-31 12:57
a nice mirror effect on the water of the river, in this good image, where the church over the cliff, the branches of the tree in foreground, and the blue sky, provide a great beauty into the composition.
Exposure managed well, and a high quality of light and colours.
A great work.