During my 10 day trip to St. Petersburg, i decided to pay a one day trip to the famous medieval city of Novgorod, which is a UNESCO heritage site. Despite the cold (less then 10 degrees), rainy and windy August weather, it was a great decision and a life time experience. The photo was taken during a rare sunshine through the clouds. Here you can see a part of the walls (Kremlin), St. Sophia Cathedral with its onion domes and the oldest bell tower in Russia.
Veliky Novgorod (Russian: Великий Новгород) or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities and among the oldest in Russia, founded in the 9th or 10th century. The Sofia First Chronicle first mentions it in 859; the Novgorod First Chronicle mentions it first in the year 862, when it was allegedly already a major station on the trade route from the Baltics to Byzantium.
No other Russian or Ukrainian city can compete with Novgorod in the variety and age of its medieval monuments. The foremost among these is the St. Sophia Cathedral, built between 1045 and 1050. It is one of the best preserved churches from the 11th century. It's also probably the oldest structure still in use in Russia and the first one to represent original features of Russian architecture (austere stone walls, five helmet-like domes). The Novgorod Kremlin, traditionally known as the Detinets, also contains the oldest palace in Russia (the so-called Chamber of the Facets, 1433), which served as the main meeting hall of the archbishops; the oldest Russian bell tower (mid-15th century), and the oldest Russian clock tower (1673).
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Sergiom (68602) 2012-09-08 5:22
C'est la première fois que je rencontre ta galerie et je suis impressionné par cette superbe image.Les bâtiments sont superbes et sous cette lumière ils ressortent encore plus, surtout à cause du ciel très noir derrière.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-09-08 5:56
Very nice shoot with superb atmosphere and colors.Great POV and framing.Very nice result of this try.
Have a nice weekend
dta (72033) 2012-09-08 7:12
Hello Deniz ,
A splendid subject and an outstanding contrast of the white walls with the dark threatening sky . The composition and the framing are perfect .
SNOOP_Chan (4363) 2012-09-08 8:34
Hello Deniz, lovely image here, the fortified church looks so good. I love the colors, good contrast added by the dark sky. Good shot and a good note also.
rychem (28911) 2012-09-08 11:30
Great clarity of this beautiful photo, I like the contrast between the bright Cathedral and the dark stormy sky
bostankorkulugu (42262) 2012-09-08 23:44
senpetersburgdaki herşeyi bitirince napiim bari novgoroda gidiim dedin herhalde... iyi de etmişsin baksana...
chawax (19956) 2012-09-09 8:44
When I saw the thumbnail for this picture I was attracted by the light and I was not diasppointed by the big format ! I love the contrast between dark sky and clear colours of the buildings and warm pink colours of the walls. The POV is very good and sharpness is excellent. Very good shot !
Thanks for sharing,
emka (87444) 2012-09-10 0:01
I wouild like so much to go to Russia but thera are problems with visas. and Novgorod is for sure well worth visiting. Fantastic light here. dark clouds and still well lit. maybe before the storm. Beautiful Russian architecture, impressive walls.
macjake (62280) 2012-09-17 10:05
I have to say, this is a scene from Russia that i had no idea existed!
what a lovely and different photo from this photogenic country.
the atmosphere is the winner here, with the grey brooding skyline and contrasting brightly lit architecture.
amazon (12112) 2012-09-17 21:32
rusya'daki şu altın kubbeleri çalasım var....masal gibi bir ülke değil mi? keşke moskova'yı da görebilseydin...bir daha ki sefere artık....minnacık adamı görmedim sanma...
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-26 10:29
Impressive photo of this beautiful ancient city with a backdrop of fantastic sky - very lucky moment with the Sun shining, but the clouds are still dark and heavy, making it a very dramatic photo with perfect lighting, clarity and contrast.
I've never been to this city, my dream is to go there one day - more so now, after seeing your photo.
All the best to you!
leo61 (0) 2013-03-26 12:05
Thank you very much for your good comment for my 10 years Iraq war photo ,I appreciate that!
Here the colors and contrast are great and you had a perfect timing to catch this lonely walking person at the perfect position ,the crossing.A good foreground for this wonderful architecture.
All the best,
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-20
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-08 4:56