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Five days ago I make a bike trip to Bruges, a very lovely springtime day with almost twenty degree Celsius.
During my passage at the "Kruispoort" in Dutch " I saw the old fortress with in background the old mills on the dyke along the canal.
Excellent for a picture, I departs never without camera.
Almost fifty kilometre together, a good workout at my age.
I hope you enjoy of these picture.
The Cross gate was a town gate part of the second town wall of Bruges dating from 1297. The actual gate is of more recent date .
It is dated form the beginning of the 15 th century. It was built by the architects Jan van Oudenaerde and Maarten van Leuven.
Today there is only the main building remaining, while the two bridges and the front gate have another view.
At the side of the water there are two towers, that are connected with a machicolation, with a throw hole to be able to attack the enemy with bullets.
The pointed arched passage could be closed with two doors, a hers and a drawbridge. Nearby there is a small pedestrian passage, reachable via a small bridge, secured by an embrace.
On the town side the facade looks less like a fortress. On the corners there are two octagonal turrets.
In between the façade is divided in two floors with a dripstone moulding, and there above an out leaning breastwork.
There are four windows with cross-bar frames in round arched niches, that are decorated with tracery in the three lobbed arches . There is a tabernacle with crucifix in the middle above the passage.
Most of the interior has been preserved. We can find the five parted vaults back in the two defence towers.
The sittings for the gate guards were saved on the different floors.
The top room is separated into three aisles with columns, that are support the cross-rib vaulting’s.
Some consoles have little angels with a banderols.
At night the town gate is illuminated.
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jemaflor (87291) 2014-03-24 0:31
Interesting composition with this impressive tower and the windmill, pleasant light and composition with water, tfs.
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-03-24 0:42
Good Morning John,
You certainly cycled a long way to see this most interesting building. You always have to remember that when you cycle somewhere, you still have the same distance to cycle back!
The big, cylindrical towers make a strong feature, especially with the flags flying above them and the red bridge leading towards them. I like how you have concentrated on their textural surfaces as well as their shape.
I'm glad you mentioned the mill in your notes. I didn't notice it immediately, as it was partly hidden by the tree and it would have been a loss not to have seen it, for once you know it is there, it becomes a second focal point.
Have a lovely day,
pajaran (53680) 2014-03-24 0:43
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj tvrdjavi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na arhitekturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu arhitekture.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good day, sir.
An interesting and good article on the old fortress, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the architecture ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and demonstrated architecture, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment of light that pointed out the beauty of the architecture.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
jjcordier (77816) 2014-03-24 1:11
Cet endroit de Bruges est certainement moins photographié que d'autres points de vue bien connus. Il en vaut pourtant la peine!
papagolf21 (88095) 2014-03-24 1:23
Bonjour, cher John,
Un grand merci pour cette très belle et très intéressante composition.
Le cadrage est toujours fort bien pensé pour valoriser le patrimoine architectural.
carlo62 (36065) 2014-03-24 1:31
ottimo punto di ripresa, si riesce ad apprezzare questa fortificazione in tutta la sua imponenza, senza tralasciare la vista dei mulini.
Interessante l'inquadratura, hai suddiviso la foto in due triangoli, non costituito solo dal cielo.
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-03-24 1:42
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-24 1:46
Beautiful view of the old fortress. The cylindrical towers are the most attractive feature of this impressive building. Nice detailing on the fort wall despite the distance. The windmills sticking out of those barren trees make for a nice BG for the fort. The red draw bridge and those fluttering flags add spots of bright colour to the composition. Good shot with nice light natural colours and excellent clarity as usual. Thanks for sharing.
jacquest (18863) 2014-03-24 2:41
You certainly chose a good day for a bike trip and the light was just superb as I can see in this inage of great quality. Your point of view gives a good perspective on this architecture and the framing with the trees and he windmill is well done.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-24 2:41
Love the soft color of the fortress. The water adds its own bit of serenity to the surrounding.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-24 2:42
sounds like you had a great day out. Fine view of this fortress with the windmills in the background. good composition.
chrislo (4155) 2014-03-24 2:51
Mooie architectuur van deze poort, een waardevol overblijfsel van weleer dat je perfect in beeld heeft gebracht. Dit soort gebouwen wordt niet meer gemaakt en het is daarom van belang dat ze goed onderhouden worden (wat hier het geval is). Mooie details in het metselwerk en een mooi gezicht op deze monumentale poort, met in de achtergrond even zichtbaar de molens. Zo te zien zeker een bezoekje waard. Aan de vlaggen en de golfjes op het water kun je zien dat het een winderige dag was. Zoals gewoonlijk weer een prachtig beeld met een goede note.
PS : De dromedarissen op mijn foto zijn echte dieren.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-24 3:26
how did I miss this amazing fortress on my trips to Bruges? It looks magnificent here and we get a superb idea of its setting and imposition. Perfect clarity and detail in this beautiful image.
Have a good week - B.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-24 3:41
ennesima bella visione delle Fiandre caratterizzata da una bella diagonale nella composizione, colori molto belli e finezza di particolari.
Un eccellente lavoro.
Ciao e buona settimana
mirosu (15094) 2014-03-24 3:53
Excellent view to beautiful castle in superb light & clarity. I like the arrangement with water in foreground and the windmill in BG. Excellent light and color contrast.
Very well done.
snunney (87242) 2014-03-24 4:08
This entrance fortress is very impressive indeed and obvious well maintained to this day. I like how you have framed the shot with the inclusion of the windmill whilst the bridge sweeps in from the right. A pleasantly lit image with agreeable warm tones and very good clarity.
pierrefonds (58710) 2014-03-24 4:19
The length of the canal is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the old fortress. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
dip (23732) 2014-03-24 4:23
well,it would be frustrating to be on route and to see interesting things for photographing and the camera lies in the cupboard at home...
and that is really an interesting motive,impressive arcitectural details,
well captured and composed,
thanks for sharing,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-24 4:54
indeed it is handy to have a camera during bike trips and obviously it was worth it also this time. The weather seems to have been typical springtime and the light made the colors of this picture more defined.
Interesting architecture in the foreground but even more eye catching windmills have been placed in the background- well captured!
Thanks for sharing
Sergiom (63901) 2014-03-24 5:21
Tu as bien raison, il ne faut jamais quitter la maison sans sa caméra. On pourrait manquer quelque chose et le regretter. Ce fort est fantastique sous cette lumière ainsi que le moulin à vent à l'arrière plan.
mesutilgim (87272) 2014-03-24 6:09
Hello dear John,
Nice capture from Bruges.
Good pov and layout, nice framing and as allwas many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards from sunny İstanbul
carper (96) 2014-03-24 8:15
mooie foto van brugge john,
prachtige samenstelling hele mooie foto, en dat zonder mensen op de brug, zeldzaam hoor.
Ja wuta in die haven gisteren was echt toeval. wie noemt zijn boot nou wuta.
ourania (34357) 2014-03-24 8:56
a very charming picture, a graceful composition. It's great how the imposing building has nestled in the bottom left corner on the frame, a curving perspective leading to it. There's an elegant diagonal that divides the frame in terms of interest and colour, I like how the view of the Gate and its surroundings has bright colours and lots of textures while the large part left to the sky is so smooth and relaxing. Depth and sharpness are superb, all the details are essential. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
saxo042 (37596) 2014-03-24 12:18
A good picture and an interesting gate. This construction is quite easy to find on the Google map and watch their street view from this very same angle. I notice that you had much better weather when you took this fine picture than what Google had.
cornejo (33958) 2014-03-24 12:40
Hi John, Great photo of this beautiful and interesting city gate (which brings back fond memories of my visit), nicely captured in this beautiful image with good framing, good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
macjake (58782) 2014-03-24 15:08
have we seen this subject before? it doesn't look familiar but yet I feel as if it should.
what a fortress this is! wow.
love the windmill in the bg too, its a nice complimentary subject to fill out the rest of the scene.
a fun bike ride :)
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-03-24 16:18
John, your notes are always as exceptional as your images..learning every time from you and your magnificent work!!
thank you for sharing!!
Alco (7026) 2014-03-24 17:48
Very nice capture of that fortress on a beautiful spring day.The windmill is a good addition to your picture.Superb composition with very nice colors.Very well done.TFS.
Have a nice day.
Didi (58042) 2014-03-24 18:40
Bonjour mon ami
Pas facile pour moi de circuler à vélo dans ma ville, c'est dangereux
Belle vue sur ce château avec une imposante porte, j'apprécie le volume de l'architecture
fabbs99 (16799) 2014-03-24 21:56
Fascinating composition of the Old Fortress.Great POV and good composition.Excellent composition,good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
npecanhuk (68104) 2014-03-25 0:56
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
All the elements were so harmoniously placed in the frame!
TFS - congrats,
holmertz (43275) 2014-03-25 3:23
This is a very impressive gate. It would not have been easy to get inside the city uninvited through this massive fortress. Its rounded shapes and ochra colour make it very attractive to watch, especially in the warm light on this sunny day. The windmill on the green hill is another very appealing view from this spot.
shreya2000 (1346) 2014-03-25 3:23
A nic pic of nice architecture. I like the colours and the angle of the pic. Thanks for sharing.
adramad (39442) 2014-03-25 9:20
Fantastic composition, this powerful fortress with these sturdy round towers, its location next to the canal and bridge access, make really lovely, we see the windmills on the dike add a charming touch to the image.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
lousat (79772) 2014-03-25 11:58
Salut John,bien faite l'interruption de ta course en velo face a ce spectacle..ehehe..une architechture unique et tres interessante que je ne connassais pas,et une capture super dans la meilleure lumiere et une parfaicte composition decentree'.Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano. Je viendrais a Bruxelles Mardi prochain,en esperant de trouver le soleil..ehehe...
Fis2 (87979) 2014-03-25 12:55
Good idea cycling, I also I drive a bike a lot:)
An interesting old fortress.
Good frame and super colors.
PaulVDV (23409) 2014-03-25 13:31
Deze oude stadspoort heb ik al gezien en er toch niet een foto van gemaakt. Vreemd. Wanneer ik deze foto zie, begrijp ik niet dat ik het niet mooi genoeg vond ...
Eigenlijk lijkt de Kruispoort hier heel imposant en niet zomaar een klein bouwwerk langs waar men de stad binnenkwam.
De ronde torens langs de waterkant geven het duidelijk een uitzicht van een versterkte vesting.
De 'beige' kleur van de Kruispoort is heel mooi onder het lichtblauwe in de lucht.
Het zicht op de windmolen verderop en de wieken van een tweede molen voegt heel wat charme toe aan de foto en benadrukken het pittoreske.
Ongetwijfeld een foto die toekomstige bezoekers van Brugge naar de rand van het centrum zal lokken.
Prachtig en heel vakkundig gepresenteerd.
Vele groeten, Paul
fritzi007 (7506) 2014-03-25 13:35
sehenswertes Foto, wie immer sehr gut gemacht, gratuliere!
Silvio1953 (126762) 2014-03-25 13:35
Ciao John, great view of fantastic fortress, excellent clarity, wonderful pastel colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
kato (11630) 2014-03-25 21:24
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the calm canal, small red bridge and old fortress with round shape on the dyke along the canal. It's elegant and beautiful architecture. And, it's also tasteful for windmill in back. So, here looks like a peaceful place remaining the medieval atmosphere.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-03-26 1:32
those architectures are really eye catching and you presented it really great using a nice angle. Excellent depth and colour depth as always. Great presentation with warm light. Excellent one. Tfs.
Nicou (126216) 2014-03-26 2:46
Ces tours sont immense quelle vue et compo fantastique le diamètre quel château et forteresse avec le pont sueprbe mise en valeur et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (25826) 2014-03-26 9:22
A very clear photo with 3 D effect, simply superb
rbassin (19165) 2014-03-26 11:18
un bon point de vue et un grand angle très agréable, débouchant sur ces magnifiques constructions.
photoray (12968) 2014-03-26 15:33
Attractive historical entry into Bruges, bridge crossing the canal, and the enormous gothic gate architecture still in fine condition considering its age, and a bonus with a glimpse of windmills in the background.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13724) 2014-03-26 19:25
Your note made me smile, and explains nicely why you are so successful...never leave home without the camera! :) A beautiful and formidable entrance to this fortress. Unlike any that I've seen before, the large cylindrical bases are quite interesting in the overall architecture. Just enough of a breeze it would appear, you were able to capture that flags flying, giving the idea of motion and a hint of Spring. Love the windmill off to the side, quite a contrast of structures. The red railing on the bridge is a nice dash of color against the neutral tones of the fortress and blue skies above. Keep up those bike rides, they benefit all of us! :) Have a great day ahead. All the best.
mcmtanyel (14917) 2014-03-26 21:11
A very charming castle basking in the afternoon sun. The distant mill is interesting, too.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-27 5:08
Très belle perspective sur la Porte de la Sainte-Croix et les deux moulins à proximité. La lumière est parfaite pour nous permettre d'apprécier les détails de cette fortification. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
williewhistler (14995) 2014-03-27 5:16
you have taken full advantage of a lovely light to compose a very attractive view of the old fortress with flags unfurled.
The sight of the iconic windmills add their own charm and interest in the BG.
Well worth the effort that you have extended I would say.
Kind regards Les.
Graal (99088) 2014-03-27 9:43
nice composition here and fine POV you had. Interesting walls of fortress on FG. Also nice mills in BG. Good light and colors. Very well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
ChrisJ (101718) 2014-03-27 14:33
Good sharpness and a nice warm cold color contrast between the yellow buff walls of the stone watchtowers and the blue sky. The red striped flags and red railed bridge contrast well against the blue sky and the rippled reflections in the water add interest. Tfs!
Miguel82 (25453) 2014-03-27 19:13
John, this is a brillant picture of Bruges city with an old castle and windmills, perfect sharpness and high definition, regards
omid266 (6272) 2014-03-27 20:30
** Salam , Hi John ,
Dear friend ,
Thanks for sharing this beautiful work, very nice captured this monument, with full text about this place ,
Very well done and Good Luck ,
Have a nice and memorable day with good News and Happenings,
Best times and fotos,
Best Wishes , ***
ikeharel (60317) 2014-03-27 23:24
Impressive two big cylindrical towers, keeping safe passage for the gate crossing, John.
Besides the fortified gate, the windmills and canal in view, are areal complementaries on photo.
A fine scene on a bight day.
Have a nice Friday,
jmdias (57505) 2014-03-28 1:42
very interesting the cylindrical shapes of this castle, nice sample of architecture. I liked the other details of the place like the mills ahead. nice light and framing. TFS.
mkamionka (31457) 2014-03-28 6:36
it seems that spring has already arrived over there! Beautiful presentation of this interesting town gate. Although Bruges is so famous I don't remember anyone showing this gate before and it has a very unique shape. From this angle across the water it looks indeed like the entrance to a medieval castle. Windmills behind add a nice touch as well. It seems to be a pleasant day but I see the flags are spread by the wind so it must be quite windy.
I wish you a very warm and pleasant weekend,
UlfE (14641) 2014-03-28 12:00
A really fine spring scene. This old town gate reminds a litte bit of castles in Sweden from more or less the same time. Your perspective was excellent and have resulted in a really fine composition. The inclusion of the windmill is great. TFS and have a nice weekend!
mvdisco (17784) 2014-03-28 18:30
Hi John, Bonjour,
Beautiful architecture and details,
Excellent point of view and tone of colors and light,
Nice composition and very sharp and clear,
All my compliments. Michel
abmdsudi (44964) 2014-03-29 9:18
Lovely compo as the strong prominent subjects draw attention together with the waterways lined by some rich colors with blue sky. This is great full of interest nicely framed in great perspective and depth. Wonderful scenic spot nicely shot, Congrats
Buin (42354) 2014-03-30 9:51
John, this is a really impressive structure.The contrast between this massive gate - nearly a fortress - and the "gracile" windmills is stunning.
An interesting and for sure worth visiting place. A really daunting architecture - from an aggressoers point of view ;-)
All the best!
irek1 (851) 2014-03-31 3:41
Very interesting object in Bruges. Great composition; the fortress creates extraordinary effect with old windmill at the backgroung.
In addition fine weather & very good colors.
claudeD (34364) 2014-03-31 7:19
very fine and interesting picture from Bruges very well composed with excellent sharpness and clarity. Very good informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
batalay (36103) 2014-04-06 21:13
Your always engaging notes augment this excellent photos you submit. This image of the old fortress in Bruges accompanied by a highly informative note is no exception. You are brave to ride your bicycle 50 km, but I also remember the terrible bicycle accident you had a few years ago.
My desktop computer, an iMac, died 2-3 weeks ago. I had the Photoshop application on that machine, and I cannot convert the photos I shot in RAW into jpg format. However, soon a new iMac will take the place of the old one.
Warm regards my friend,
clic (15574) 2014-04-08 7:03
I consider there are two eye-catchers across the border; the fortified rounded building, and the distant iconic windmill that, with its partially- hidden twin, composes a nice visual balance to this historic scenery masterly captured.
Angshu (56406) 2014-04-14 5:38
This is so very Vlaanderen...the castle, the moat, the windmill. You have composed this very well in good light. The mild breeze creates small ripples in the water. Very nice work!
Hanssie (10429) 2014-04-21 1:17
Machtige torens, daar kom je niet zomaar binnen !
Mooie foto met brug en molen.
PS. Ik kom ALTIJD bij U kijken, hoor:-))
tedesse (25133) 2014-04-27 11:57
Beautiful photo of this interesting architecture, good POV and composition, wonderful light and colors, wonderful shot.
COSTANTINO (57871) 2014-07-13 7:20
Hello dear friend
your collection of photos concerning
ancient buildings and fortress is
very important and interesting
this one is excellent with perfect
clarity but is is not only the
old fortress are the old mills
on the syke along the canal
I am glad you mentioned the mill
in your notes
have a nice Sunday and a happy new
NorthernLight (2317) 2014-08-16 3:29
a truly impressive fortress! Very nicely captured.
Yes, I agree with you to one hundred percent: You should always have a camera with you. Always.
A very interesting place and a very successful picture of it!
Have a good weekend
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-08-28 8:27
I like its beautiful composition, very nicely shoot and efficiently captured the towers, windmill and bridge, good sharpness and contrast, very well balanced image.
with deep regards and thanks,
berek (41069) 2014-10-11 22:53
This place of Bruges is certainly less photographed than other . wonderful atmopehere here. i really like architcture , natural view.
Have a nice Sunday
Matyas (5100) 2015-05-21 6:16
Hello John! Fantastic fortress, fantastic towers, fine flag, wonderful bridge, amazing windmill. Nice lightness and colours. Good cut, ideal frame. Good luck!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (141921)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-23 23:51