‘Kazbegi - Church of Tsminda Sameba in the clouds’
Here a closer view of the Church of Tsminda Sameba (or Holy Trinity Church) and its bell tower built near the village Kazbegi.
See also my previous post. In the workshop you find another view of the church.
The Tsminda Sameba was built in the 14th century at an elevation of 2.170 meters on the edge of a cliff looking out over Kazbegi.
Since Kazbegi is not very far from the capital, quite a lot of people visit this village and hike in the surrounding mountains.
Information from Wikipedia:
The Gergeti Trinity Church (or Church of Tsminda Sameba) was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province.
The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself.
Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.
The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.
The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 3 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.
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mesutilgim (87272) 2014-02-22 16:19
Another very nice capture from Georgia with very good pov and layout.
Dark cloudy sky creates a perfect background to this beautiful scenery.
TFS and best regards
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-22 16:23
Another great and awe-inspiring shot of these two churches, Paul. The green of the grass contrasts well with the moody gray clouds, and the buildings themselves seem torn in the middle. Well composed. Thanks!
emilbo (22616) 2014-02-22 16:39
Une excellente photo et quel bel endroit pour construire une église. L'endroit semble très populaire à voir les visiteurs. Les deux tours sont magnifiques devant ce ciel nuageux. Beau contraste de couleurs.
Félicitations!… et bon dimanche,
daddo (25110) 2014-02-22 18:16
Hi Paul. Your images from Georgia are inspirational as you successfully captured the rugged beauty of this country that has given birth to an exuberant, hospitable and hardy people. great composition. Regards. Klaudio.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-22 20:04
The clouds may have veiled those impressive slopes we saw in your previous post, but it has created a great sense of void after the church. Very beautiful place to build a church, equally atmospheric photo. The church located at the end of the precipice has created a nice 3D effect. Nicely done, thanks for sharing.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-22 20:18
Très belle photo de cette vieille église et son clocher au sommet de la montagne. Les nuages bas donnent un bel effet à l'ensemble. Bien fait.
emka (82506) 2014-02-22 23:09
It looks wonderful from this POV, with the clouds behind it. But what an ugly building below the tower. I like this tiny white cross. Quite many people are going there. Beautiful picture so wonderfully composed.
I have still over a month but then we both will post photos :). I hope something will be left for me.
WArm regrads MAlgo
ikeharel (60317) 2014-02-23 1:00
Good morning Paul,
The grtey clouds on far background look threatening somewhat, But you managed a photo that show the double-towers church still under sunshine. That created a splendid contrast, enhanced the details on the edifice and green slopes.
The presence of many tourists tell the place is popular and visited.
Have a nice Sunday,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-23 1:39
i colori sono il perno attorno al quale ruota la composizione.
Al verde della terra si contrappone il colore bruno della chiesa ed il cielo appare giustamente imbronciato per fare da bella cornice.
Una scena che hai saputo cogliere nella migliore delle maniere cogliendone l'essenzialità.
Ciao e buona domenica
saxo042 (37596) 2014-02-23 1:42
The road that leads up to this church is well placed in the composition. The green hill is also very beautiful against the blue backdrop of clouds. A very attractive picture!
holmertz (43275) 2014-02-23 1:42
Same church as before but a photo of a quite different character. The clouds go lower this time and provide a fine background that almost hides the mountainside further away, making us believe that this peak is much higher than it actually is. The contrast between the well lit mainly green foreground and the dark background is very attractive.
dta (69424) 2014-02-23 5:51
Bonjour Paul ,
Très bel effet de cet arrière plan sombre et ennuagé , contrastant avec la jolie lumière éclairant les deux tours typique de cette église perchée .
Sergiom (63901) 2014-02-23 6:11
Très impressionnante composition. La lumière dans ton dos est superbe tandis que le ciel presque noir derrière est parfait pour mettre en scène cette construction au sommet de la montagne.
ktanska (25301) 2014-02-23 7:50
Thick and dark clouds on the valley make a perfect background on this quite special looking church. Stunning high viewpoint on a place not so often visited by westerners.
photoray (12968) 2014-02-23 9:46
Very attractive composition of the Tsminda Sameba, perched atop the craggy mountain top in warm light, and excellent resolution with a cloudy backdrop.
And I am impressed after all these centuries it survives and continues to welcome visitors.
Thanks for sharing,
williewhistler (14995) 2014-02-23 12:13
viewed from a different angle the Church and Bell Tower perched high upon a hill are no less impressive and equally interesting.
The people are nicely defined and help to give the image a good sense of scale whilst the white cross adds a pleasant touch at the edge of the picture.
I do admire the treatment of the sky.
shevchenko (18892) 2014-02-23 18:48
Good bird view shot to frame a church that built on the peak, beautiful old architectures with walls and roof tops in different color, nice natural surrounding environment too, thanks for sharing a fascinating view.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-23 21:08
beautiful architecture, this time in a little bit closer look. The clouds behind the hill add quite mystic atmosphere in here. Great combination of the colors - I especially like the muted blue with the lush greenery of the hill.
Perfect sharpness an properly balanced composition.
Thanks for sharing and all the best!
Cricri (109597) 2014-02-24 4:40
Belle vue rapprochée sur l'église dont l'architecture est intéressante, bien cadrer entre le vert et ce superbe ciel, belle complémentaire avec la précédente et le WS
fabbs99 (16799) 2014-02-24 21:54
Lovely image of the church from high above the hills.Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
Gigidusud (17277) 2014-02-25 7:20
Très jolie photo de cette chapelle dans les nuages avec une belle lumière et un beau contraste de couleurs. Excellent le point de vue, bravo!
mkamionka (31457) 2014-02-25 7:24
although it seems not entirely sharp to me, the view is spectacular and I would love to have this picture in my gallery too. The POV is fantastic: it allows to appreciate the location of this church. It has again this interesting characteristic design typical for this region. Amazing background with the clouds adding a mysterious touch.
Didi (58042) 2014-02-25 7:26
Very good point of view on the church with a nice darker background
Good frame quality of your composition
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-25 11:10
this is absolutely stunning and beautiful.
Your POV captures and conveys well both the beauty of the church as well as its scenic location.
And one thing more-contrast between green parts and grey clouds behind.
Beauty in its purest form!
Have a nice evening
danos (88819) 2014-02-26 4:22
nice the view of the church on the hill as dominating the scene.The narrow and earthy road adds depth and perspective in the image,with the building of the church to outline perfect against the grey sky.Well done.
nikkitta (15718) 2014-02-26 8:07
Good closer view of the church on top of the mountain with the dark menacing sky at the back
Seems a good turistical place to visit, I can see people in all parts, the view from the terrace at the left must also be impresive
Good to include the croix at the right, must be a cementery
Very well done
adramad (39442) 2014-02-26 8:25
Sensational POV of these wonderful monuments, which here seem to be touching the clouds, beautiful contrast of green mountains with the gray sky, which gives a beautiful dramatic touch with these two shades of clouds.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
rychem (25826) 2014-02-26 8:35
Splendid photo, a church floating in clouds,simply fantastic
claudeD (34364) 2014-02-26 10:56
wonderful teleshot of this church in Georgia. Very fine sharpness and clarity. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Fis2 (87979) 2014-02-26 12:23
A very beautiful place.
Wonderful church and tower.
I like light and colors.
Have a nice evening.
boa (6205) 2014-02-26 14:05
Another good picture from this interesting country! Good pov with an excellent overview of the area. The clouds create an almost magic atmosphere around the Church. Good colors and light but could possibly be a little bit more sharp. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (57871) 2014-02-27 12:42
Hello dear friend
spectacular view to this beautiful place
on the top of the mounatin touching the sky
ot looks wonderful from this pov
the grey clouds look theratening
wild atmosphere indeed
Alco (7026) 2014-02-27 21:33
Very nice shot of that beautiful church. That threatening sky creates good contrasts with the church. People have to be in good shape to get there but it is worth the trouble.Very well done.
Have a nice day.
SWEETFREEDOM (23064) 2014-02-28 5:21
close view full of details, good colors and light.
marina7 (8055) 2014-03-02 12:26
wonderful view with stunning background, the misty clouds are amazing. Great colors and light, well done!
Thanks and best wishes!
Periko (3031) 2014-03-04 7:24
Impressive background for this church.
Interesting architectural style and informative note.
eldancer1 (29990) 2014-03-04 7:34
Wow! Beautiful and very appropriate place for a church which is almost halfway to heaven. Great pov and dof with nice details. I like the clouds in the background. Well done, tfs.
Waylim (25368) 2014-03-04 9:01
Very impressive shot with beuatiful view of hte the castle and the misty cloudy hanging in between the mountain. Good the cloud is behind the castle, it didn't cover the view. Excellent quality and beautiful colors and details and good composition.
serp2000 (41316) 2014-03-07 2:13
Very dramatic mysty background and so attractive foreground with the church.
Impressive landscape, great point of view!
Thanks for your report from Georgia!
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-03-07 5:34
Very impressive Caucasian church.
Very nice view and good photo!
I like the composition and colors in this shot. Good job!
ourania (34357) 2014-03-08 8:23
this view of the antique church of Tsminda Sameda high in the Georgian mountains is fascinating as well. The fascination lies not in the landscape as in your previous post but in the details of the buildings, the mysterious background hidden by clouds and the capabilities of your camera:) You used the same point of view for a very different but equally precise and interesting description. I love the light and the vivid natural colours that define this setting and distinguish it from the soft and dark backdrop. The workshop picture has superb dynamism and is very evocative. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
Angshu (56406) 2014-03-12 0:39
The church looks great against the dark BG...a wonderfully taken shot where the dark BG with the floating clouds look wonderful against the church on the green hill. The path from the left works as a good lead-in. Fine picture!
phildar77360 (328) 2014-03-19 12:14
Bravo pour cette belle composition.
Cette eglise perdue dans les nuages est vraiment tres jolie.
adores (39179) 2014-03-21 16:57
This shot is also very good and it clearly shows how magnificent this place is. Light is great and the clouds are a great background, looks like a 3D shot.
clic (15574) 2014-04-01 13:29
Voilà donc la théorie de l'Antiquité grecque décrivant la Terre comme un disque plat duquel il était possible de tomber dans le néant. Elle prend tout son sens à la vue de cette photo grandiose de l'église au bord du gouffre, point de ralliment des dévots désireux d'être près du Ciel!
J'éprouve des sensations fortes devant cette représentation virtuelle.....J'imagine l'exaltation sur place!
Bravo pour cette pièce de musée d'art!
ChrisJ (101718) 2014-04-03 10:14
Another fine entry in this superb series of Georgian and Armenian churches and this hilltop setting is striking especially against the blue grey clouds as a backdrop. The crowds of people add scale and the white cross bottom right adds interest. Good sharpness throughout. Tfs!