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Ivan the Great Bell Tower
The magnificent Ivan the Great Bell Tower soars above the Kremlin complex to a height of 81 meters and from its highest windows you can see for almost 30 kilometers across the sprawling city of Moscow. The bell tower was built for the Kremlin's Assumption, Archangel and Annunciation Cathedrals, which did not have their own belfries, on the site of Moscow's first ever bell tower, which belonged to the 1329 Church of St. John Climacus-under-the Bells. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower was constructed by the Italian architect, Marco Bono, between 1505 and 1508, and its magnificent, white octagonal tower was later increased to its present height by the addition of two extra tiers. This extension was carried out in 1600, on the orders of Boris Godunov, by the Russian craftsmen Fyodor Kon, who also added a gold inscription to that affect below its gilt dome.
The bell tower was the tallest structure in Russia until Konstantin Ton finished the construction of the mighty Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and not only boasts some 329 steps, but a foundation that was sunk 10 meters below ground level. The adjacent four-story Assumption Belfry was built by the Russian architect Petrok Maliy between 1532 and 1543 and contains the biggest of the Kremlin's 21 bells - the Resurrection Bell, cast in the mid-19th century by Zavyalov and weighing an immense 64 tons. The tent-roofed section of the building, the Filaret Annex, was commissioned by the Patriarch of the same name in 1624 and hosts occasional temporary exhibitions.
Napoleon took a great interest in the Ivan the Great Ball Tower when he captured Moscow and the Kremlin during the campaign of 1812. A story goes that on hearing that the cross on the central dome of the Cathedral of the Annunciation was made of solid gold, he immediately gave the order for it to be taken down. Unfortunately, the French leader confused the cathedral with the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and its gilded iron cross. The Bell Tower resisted all attempts by Napoleon's French engineers to remove the cross and it was only when a Russian peasant volunteered to climb the tower that they were finally able to lower the cross on ropes to the ground. When the peasant approached Napoleon looking for a reward, the French leader had him shot instantly as a traitor to his own country.
When Napoleon began his retreat from Moscow in 1812, he ordered that the Ivan the Great Bell Tower be destroyed in his wake. Fortunately, the tower withstood the blast and only the adjacent belfry was damaged. The entire ensemble was restored between 1814 and 1815
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npecanhuk (74914) 2010-05-30 13:52
Every new picture you present, I get more and more excited about visiting those places to see all those magnificent buildings! Architectural details are wonderful!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, large vertical format, black & white borders are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
francio64 (39888) 2010-05-30 13:58
bella prospettiva dal basso verso l'alto che fa svettare questa magnifica cattedrale, verso un cielo minaccioso, ma bello ai fini della composizione in quanto l'arricchisce.
Ottima luce e sharp di elevato livello.
vasilpro (41271) 2010-05-30 14:09
Wonderful architectural composition, beautiful atmosphere, lovely colors, interesting architecture, excellent light management, lovely colors, very good POV and very nice perspective.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
ciakgiak (30429) 2010-05-30 14:13
the low POV, showing a superb sky, is perfect in this kind of composition!
The architecture seems to be wonderful, the details are incredibly perfect and permit us to enjoy about each detail. Congratulations, it looks magnificent.
kiks (12286) 2010-05-30 14:14
Hello Sasko, with your choice of POV you cretae a very intersting perspective making look the towers even higher. The grey sky is great as framing.
weetrees (77) 2010-05-30 15:33
The clouds on this one got my interest up enough to come and look at the large version.
Very dramatic image taken from a good POV
Excellent levels of details toning and saturation
Budapestman (82620) 2010-05-30 15:47
an another beautiful architectural photo with spectacular composition, the stormy sky add a lot to the photo, superb shot.
Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet Kívánok!
edge (6771) 2010-05-30 19:44
Hello Sasko, This is a very impressive bell tower with lots of color with a beautiful facade. Great sky to hold the projecting tower. Not sure if I like the angle of this shot, not sure where your point of view was but probably this was the best you could do. I would have liked to have this slightly rotated but it is still a great shot. Regards, Have a good week. Roger
ikeharel (69925) 2010-05-30 20:51
Great POV of the bell's tower from a diff. angel.
A very clear lines inspite of cloudy skies.
yeln (11516) 2010-05-30 20:55
vsi so ti že vse napisali a sam ti moram tudi nekaj.
vedno znova presenečaš, lepo se vidi, da se dejansko potrudiš za vsako sliko posebej. ti si eden tistih, ki jih mora žena čakati, da neredi fotko in šele ko si zadovoljen greš naprej. jaz bi v takem primeru že dobil odpoved.
ne vem koliko slikic si moral narediti za tole a ne glede na število ti moram priznati, da je spet super!!
vse je kakor mora biti.
kava te čaka in upam, da danes najdeš čas
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-05-30 22:27
Brilliant image and a nice composition. Very good to see the golden colors. Very nice POV.
SWEETFREEDOM (24619) 2010-05-30 23:09
very tall this building! you managed vety well light. Colors and details very nice.
Nicou (140154) 2010-05-31 0:56
fantastiqeu cadrage sur cette église, quel bel effet tu as donnée, sueprbe quelle fuyance et iamge, fantastique.
bravo et maitié
raszid62 (18515) 2010-05-31 1:42
Prekrasen bele cerkve z zlatimi kupole na ozadju oblačno nebo. Velika učinek zbliľevanja proti vrhu proge. Krasen barve in odlično ostrino. POV ogromno.
baclama (18829) 2010-05-31 2:31
un superbe ciel dans lequel se decoupent ŕ merveille ces coupoles dorées
une contre plongée tres efficace
j'aurai peut-etre coupé les personnages au bas de la photo...
daddo (26534) 2010-05-31 2:47
Zdravo Sasko. Your trip to Russia has produced some real gems which I have been admiring and have been meaning to critique. This one is most impressive since the POV and angle give the building a noble and grand aspect. Wonderfully harmonious palette and lovely light. My compliments. Izvrstan rad.Klaudio.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-05-31 3:12
nice view of this famous church from this low POV. Great light and clarity. Like the details of this superb architecture and the nice sky at top. Very well composed shot. Tfs.
kordinator (20513) 2010-05-31 4:12
Kao I sve druge velelepne građevine I ova zvonik Ivana Velikog je velicanstven.
Prelepa arhitektura prelepih stubova,lukova I svodova kao I prelepe kupole.
Divim ti se ti baš imaš šta da nam pokažeš druže.
Bournazel (0) 2010-05-31 6:29
Superb POV with the golden globes in a dramatic sky.
I was here a long time ago and was very impressed by the architecture.
When I think at our Napoleon...... :-( .....!
Tashy (1836) 2010-05-31 13:08
Dober večer Saško,
pa sem zopet tukaj. Sem vas že vse pogrešala, toda na žalost nisem mogla biti tukaj in komentirati vse te čudovite fotke. Eh, saj bom razložila zakaj me ni bilo nič naokoli, samo ne tukaj...ni ravno za širšo javnost.
Zelo impresiven pogled na Ivančka, čudovite barve, ostrina in kontrasti, ki dajejo tej fotografiji prav poseben pečat.
Ja, lepo je zopet videti tvoje fotke :)
Lep večer še naprej,
mauro61 (52855) 2010-05-31 14:01
bello il POV dal basso che rende ancora piů possente questa architettura.
Perfetta definizione che ne fa ammirare la bellezza,
ManuMay (36097) 2010-06-01 13:25
Impressive view, great point of view, enhancing volumes and contrasts, amazing sky and very good light management, the overall definition is really vry good too, a fine architecture and very good capture!!
Have a nice day...
macjake (67126) 2010-06-02 15:24
you certainly were able to capture alot of photos on your visit to Russia!
i like the upwards point of view here, making it appear even larger that it realy is.
strangley, the white building and white clouds go well together.
the yellow domes add a nice punch of colour
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-06-06 23:29
Wonderful architecture, lovely golden domes !
Fine POV and details. Good sharpness
Have a nice week
- Copyright: Sasko Glavica (Fante) (5429)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-04-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm AF-S DX F3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 12:39