The Rila Monastery is located in 1147 meters altitude in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain.
*I want to present to you three photos my from a important Monastery Rila of Bulgaria They is a famous Monastery with a lot of visitors all per year.
**see my WS1+2 anothers shots hete WS
--The monastery is a complex of cultural, dwelling and farming buildings which take about 8800 square meters. The Rila Monastery has an unique architecture. Outside, the monastery looks like a fortress. It has 24-meter stone walls which forms irregular pentagon. That’s why when some tourist enters the monastery’s yard from some of the two iron gates he is surprised by its architecture: arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved verandas and the 300-400 monastic cells. The Hreliov’s tower and the main church “The Nativity of the Virgin” cohabit at the center of the yard. This tower was created by the local feudal lord Hrelio in 1334-1335. A small church stays next to it and it is only a couple of years younger (1343). A bell-tower was added to the tower in 1844. The main church “The Nativity of the Virgin” was built in these times. Its architect is a master Peter Ivanovich, who worked on it in 1834-1837. The temple has five domes, three altars and two chapels. Maybe the most important thing in the church is the iconostasis which has incredible wood-carving. The wall-paintings were completed in 1846 by many masters from Bulgaria, but only Zahary Zagraph signed his paintings. In the church there are lots of icons created in XIV-XIX.,,,etc,,more,, here History Rila Monastery
The Rila Monastery was founded in the 30-th years of X century on the place of the Old Anchoress in Rila Mountain. While the monastery has been existing, it was many times rebuilt, destroyed and reconstructed. Today the Rila Monastery has had this appearance since the middle of the previous century. It is the biggest and the most respected Bulgarian monastery.
It is considered that the creator of the Rila Monastery is the first Bulgarian hermit Ivan Rilsky (876-946), he chose to live in this way as a method of spiritual perfection and a way to express his protest against the suppression of the high moral rules of the real Christianity. The Bulgarian saint was born in the 70-th years of IX century. He was a witness of the decline of the First Bulgarian Kingdom at the time of king Peter I and Saint Ivan Rilsky became the most respected saint in the Orthodox Christianity in that time. At the time of the Byzantine slavery the established brotherhood was turned into a monastery. At the beginning of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom the relics of Saint Ivan Rilsky was displaced to the capital of the country Veliko Tarnovo as the most important relic for the Bulgarians......
**I wanted with the picture to say that the picture is symbolic! Front faithful is low near the ground, possibly he is with the knees under kneeled!!! And it looks at with the eyes of his heart... to the opening in the centre and to more in the sky! for release of soul
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aadilj (18102) 2008-11-18 3:41
Hi georgios, thats so much architecture for the single frame but you have squeesed it in well. I like the tones and etxtures and the perspective
naznaz567 (344) 2008-11-18 3:42
Hello Georgios. A very useful and educational note adds a lot to this photo. Your low POV allowed you to include the mountain in the background and gave this photo an interesting perspective. A little bit of grainy appearance to the photo but I see that you used ISO 800. The colors came out realistic even with the use of the polarizer. I like the gray tones, they add a bit of solemnness.
Have a good day!
saxo042 (37594) 2008-11-18 3:42
Hard to say which of all the photos here are really the best. However, they are all showing clearly that this is a very beautiful place with many interesting aspects!
Gerrit (50140) 2008-11-18 3:52
I've been there. Fantastic place.
Good POV and composition.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-11-18 4:11
Great shot from this beautiful place with spectacular composition. The architectural details are beautiful, very much likes the old stony casing, the perspective is superb. Excellent shot. Have a nice day!
ALIRIZA (16423) 2008-11-18 4:23
Very nice architecture shot with details of the tones and graphical shapes of the buildings. Great work...
All the best for you my dear friend...
mesutilgim (86934) 2008-11-18 9:06
Great pov and very nice compo.
Good idea to leave that much space to this wonderfull pavement. Good light and very nice usefull notes.,
TFS and best regards
Colombiana (2955) 2008-11-18 10:00
Hola Georgios !
I like the architecture of this monastery;
well chosen POV to appreciate this place and
its surroundings. The cobblestone path
takes you back in time.
Warm regards! Maryori :)
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-11-18 10:53
good depth of field, sharp textures of the stones in foreground, the framing is interesting, a nice place
Cretense (68691) 2008-11-18 12:01
Geia sou Georgie!
Para poly oraia katagrafi, to plakostroto einai poly omorfo kai endiaferon kai dikaiologimena tou afieroses toso xoro, vevaia yperoxo kai to monastiri sto vathos! Para ton synnefiasmeno ourano evgales omorfa xromata! Sygxaritiria!
clio (27961) 2008-11-18 21:53
Geia sou Giorgo,
Your POV is well chosen to discover numerous aspect of the yard of this so beautiful monastery. Your three photos allow to see all the magnificent work of architecture of the stone of the brick and also the wood. It is damage that you had no sun, it has to have very beautiful shadows, but there at the same time, this rainy weather gives an atmosphere of austerity which is well convenient for this place of meditation.
Great note! Have a nice day,
silvia_zenova (1332) 2008-11-19 0:52
I like your bulgarian pictures, some of them are better than a pictures made from bulgarian photographers of the same places!
For this one the only one disadvantage is that seem a bit underexposed, but I see the weather were been awful.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-11-19 2:14
I like the religious buildings withdrawn in altitude. The slopes and the cold climate are perceived. Under a difficult light, architecture is development in its complexity. It is a good and useful work.
Have a nice day
jhm (141505) 2008-11-19 3:34
Thank you very much for the interesting note.
Your low POV allowed you to include the mountain in the background and gave this photo an interesting perspective.
Great framing to make a very nice picture.
Colours and sharpness are superb.
Composition and presentation are very well.
Very well done, TFS.
Vames (4356) 2008-11-19 4:34
γεια σου Γιώργο,ωραία επίσκεψη σε ενα περιποιημένο χώρο με ωραία πέτρα στρωμένη ,φαινεται και η εκκλησιά με τα ωραία χρώματα της!
argycon (2769) 2008-11-19 4:37
Μου αρέσει η γωνία λήψης. Πολύ καλή παρουσίαση της αρχιτεκτονικής του μοναστηρίου.
shevchenko (18892) 2008-11-19 18:26
Interesting composition to show a magnificient old monastery, I like the artistic and complecated design, good pov to show the floor still maintain in old design, thanks for sharing WS, distinct images in a cloudy day, well done.
kdialyna (3148) 2008-11-20 4:51
Γεια σου Γεώργιε.
Πολύ καλή επιλογή η χαμηλή γωνία λήψης, έδωσε αφενός πολύ καλή προοπτική στην φωτογραφία σου και αφετέρου μια ιδιαιτερότητα που κάνει την σύνθεση σου ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρουσα αφού κάνει τον θεατή να δει το θέμα από μια όχι τόσο συνηθισμένη για το ανθρώπινο μάτι γωνία οράσεως.
JCG (35129) 2008-11-22 11:00
Very beautiful and interesting series of photographs on this monastery and thank you for the note which supplements the subject well. The place is really impressive and for in love ones with architecture it is a true paradise !!! Well gives Georgios, cheer.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
ifanik (21679) 2008-11-24 6:11
Thymizei entona Agio oros h eikona soy Giorgo
Poly omorfo monastiri alla kai poly kalh h foto soy
testmaniac (13508) 2008-12-02 20:43
Hi Georgios, good shot from Rila Monastery. The real shot from this place is with ultra wide lens from the 3th floor. Try it some day!
TFS and regards,
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-03-29 12:31
Interesting vision of the Rila Monastery. I like the composition with the foreground pavement. Well done!
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38206)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Polarizer Hoya 62 mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Bulgaria Blagoevgrad [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-18 3:27