St. Catherine’s Passage is a landmark combining master craftsmen’s workshops with a medieval atmosphere.
St. Catherine’s Passage (Katariina käik) connects Vene and Müürivahe streets. You can see the remaining portions of St. Catherine’s Church in the northern part of the passage. Residential buildings from the 15th to the 17th centuries stand along the sides of the southern section of the Passage.
The Passage was rediscovered and given new life in the summer of 1995, but is still imbued with a medieval milieu.
The open studios of artisans are now located here, and visitors can watch artists and craftsmen practise their craft daily. While each studio is unique in appearance and function, they are all united in the principle of the open studio: here one can view works not only as finished products, as in an ordinary gallery, but also as the end product of various processes that the open studio presents to the visitor.
The unique value of Tallinn’s Old Town lies first and foremost in the well-preserved completeness of its medieval milieu and structure, which has been lost in most of the capitals of northern Europe. Since 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Its powerful defensive structures have protected Tallinn from being destroyed in wars, and its lack of wooden buildings has protected it from burning down. But it is also crucial that Tallinn hasn’t been massively rebuilt in the interest of dispensing with the old and modernising the town.
Tallinn is one of the best retained medieval European towns, with its web of winding cobblestone streets and properties, from the 11th to 15th centuries, preserved nearly in its entirety. All the most important state and church buildings from the Middle Ages have been preserved in their basic original form, as well as many citizens’ and merchants’ residences, along with barns and warehouses from the medieval period.
The golden era in Tallinn’s history lies in the period between the early 15th and mid 16th centuries. Tallinn had attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership in the Hanseatic League. Economic might carried with it both the need to defend the city and the opportunity for a rich period of architectural and artistic creativity.
(Source:travelbaltics & Tourism.Tallinn)
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david_fangaia (75) 2008-02-29 11:21
This is a beautiful photo, and a beautiful medieval passage. I like particularly this sweet monochrom between rose & sepia.
Vames (4356) 2008-02-29 11:22
hi George,very nice architecture nice street!
dip (23768) 2008-02-29 12:07
beautiful passage with interesting architecture,
nice image good POV and contrast,informative note too,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-02-29 12:16
Good evening George,
Your note describes well this street and its history. Your photograph is original by its color. Very good visibility of the texture of the walls, the stones and paving stones. Good work.
evanrizo (456) 2008-02-29 12:29
Hi George, the sepia here makes it excellent, I think is the right idea to post it so.
The sharpness and the POV superb and the man staying there brings stronger and more impression of life.
Have a nice night.
Gustaw (21670) 2008-02-29 12:43
Hi, my friend!
Estonia! Yes, I remember. Some years ago I was in Estonia. It is small but interesting country, I like your oryginal composition. I like your long perspective.
danyy (0) 2008-02-29 13:40
le précision et els détails sont au rendez-vous. C'est souvent une des qualités des prises de vue en duotone.
Un tout léger sépia trčs approprié ŕ ce genre de scčne.
Un endroit vraiment bien entretenu.
jean11-3 (2799) 2008-02-29 14:54
Hello George, excellent perspective along this old narrow street.Good sharpness, we can see all the stonework.The character of the place shines through.Excellent notes.
Tfs, regards Jean.
ChrisJ (101945) 2008-02-29 19:06
Good sharpness, with superb diminishing linear perspective, in this marvellous b&w image. I like the repetition of the aerial roof bridges here, too. Good reflected light off the cobblestones. Tfs!
Graal (99196) 2008-02-29 23:42
Jó napot George,
unusual place and amazing atmosphere of old backstreet. Fine vertical format and composition, interesting informations. Good work.
ifanik (21679) 2008-03-01 0:35
Very beautiful capture and i like the b/w
Very well done my friend and have a nice month
jhm (142099) 2008-03-01 0:37
Through the cobblestone street and the old structure of the walls fiel I my back to the year 48 in previous century.
Normally I like not of B&W but this is very extraordinarily for look it.
Perspective and depth are superb.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-03-01 0:43
Very nice sepia image, with great details on these stone walls.
I like the depth provided by the POV, and contrasts are very pleasant too.
snunney (87466) 2008-03-01 0:44
A timeless image looking along this cobbled path with its old stone walls. Excellent conversion to black and white with a pleasing tonal range and superb clarity. Very nice work.
paura (47166) 2008-03-01 3:06
Very nice DEP in this well composed photo. The wall constructive details in interesting stones are vivid. Very well done, friend.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-03-01 3:40
Very nice composition and POV. Your color choice is excellent. The details are perfect,
Best regards and have a nice weekend,
danos (88993) 2008-03-01 3:51
nice this passage with the Sepia format and the cobblestone pavement that lead the eye to the end of it.I like the standing and watching man the stone walls of the constructions.Really buildings in old towns looks very impressive in nowadays. Very informative your note too.
Have a nice weekend,danos
izmirli (3987) 2008-03-01 7:34
merhaba dear george
wonderful black white composition.wonderful stone road and houses.well done my friend.
ahaberal (6469) 2008-03-01 10:59
nice image good POV and contrast,well done!
berek (41247) 2008-03-01 11:28
interesting place. I like B&W view and lights. have a nice evening.
hay_kes (30526) 2008-03-01 12:26
What a great picture.Excellent point of view.Superb perspective, texture and light.TFS.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-03-01 13:13
the B&W emphasize the graphism of this beautiful medieval street, excellent framing and sharpness,
clnaef (6289) 2008-03-02 7:05
Belle perspective et bonne utilisation du noir et blanc.
pasternak (15181) 2008-03-02 9:27
Well done in sepia, George, really nicely shown this perspective of medieval street with the superposition of five arches, DoF is spot on.
Bluejeans (64249) 2008-03-02 14:55
Ola George ,
Fantástico este preto e branco ,gostei muito dos pequenos telhados , muito bonitas estas paredes de pedra antiga , parabéns !!
Um abraço Gonçalo
temmel (2496) 2008-03-05 0:19
sárgulok ám az irigységtől hogy mennyi szép helyen jártál:)
Ez a fotó különösen tetszik, romantikus hangulata van
Köszönöm, hogy most Tallinba repítettél kicsit:)
Legyen szép napod,
(ja igen,szeretném megkérdezni,hogy mit szólnál ha szerveznénk egy Budapesti TE találkozót??)
Angshu (56406) 2008-03-07 0:48
A very nice picture. Like the cobbled road, the stone houses and the 'bridges' spanning across the street. The man standing & savouring the scene is a good add. Like the conversion to sepia for this one. Good work!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tallinn, The picturesque medieval city [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 11:13