This is the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Tallinn. It was built at the end of the 19th century on the Toompea Hill in the old town of Tallinn.
It is said that to many Estonians this church was such a strong symbol of oppression under Russian rule that only the lack of money and its very sturdy construction saved it from demolition in the 1920's, when Estonia had gained independence.
After Estonia got its independence back again in 1991 the attitude has been different. Lots of money has been spent to restore the cathedral to its former glory after many years of decay during anti-religious Soviet rule.
Just across the street from the cathedral is the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament.
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jadesgran (5246) 2013-07-25 7:34
What an amazing cathedral.
The architecture is fabulous, and you have composed it to it`s best.I like the way you have framed it in the trees.
macjake (54930) 2013-07-25 7:38
you mentioned the church was in Decay. Perhaps its just me, but i really enjoy photographing decaying abandoned type subjects, so i wonder how it looked like 20 years ago.
looking at it now its impossible to miss it if you're walking or driving around town, very large and formidable.
any other angles or POV's? this may not be the best of choice, but i guess because its so large you would have to put yourself much further back to get it all in.
interesting note and subject though, for sure.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-25 7:56
Amazing capture with splendid architectural details.Great lightning usage and colors.Splendid contrasts and amount of saturation.Well done.
Have a nice day
lousat (74993) 2013-07-25 8:42
Hi Gert,the orthodox architechtural style is always a great spectacle to see,a magnificent church from Tallin in a very original point of view,imposing perspective and bright colors and details despite the difficult light,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
rychem (21677) 2013-07-25 9:13
What a beautiful shot of this fantastic cathedral, rich architectural details, excellent POV, great sharpness
emka (76393) 2013-07-25 9:20
Hi Gert, Your photo looks a bit like one of your archive photos. nice view of this beautiful church. Your note (and in fact the church) reminds me of the Aleksander Nevsky (also!) orthodox church in Warsaw.
After Wiki: The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Saxon Square built by authorities of Imperial Russia in Warsaw, Poland, then under the rule of the Russian Empire. The cathedral was designed by distinguished Russian architect Leon Benois, and was built between 1894 and 1912. When it was finally completed, it was 70 metres in height, at that time, the tallest building in Warsaw.
It was demolished in mid-1920s by the Polish authorities less than 15 years after its construction. The negative connotations in Poland associated with Russian imperial policy towards Poland, and belief it was built purposely to hurt Polish national feelings,
Similar, isn't it.
Silvio1953 (119605) 2013-07-25 10:57
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic church, lovely composition well framed by trees, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (41984) 2013-07-25 11:11
You have made used of the space efficiently to capitalise on the glory of this church. The perspective and viewpoint ensure the eyes is focused in firmly aided by the array of beautiful colors and the natural framing. Excellent clarity blessed by fine weather with such subtle colors making this is so pleasant to view and lovely golden touch. Very elegant shot, Congrats.
Graal (96444) 2013-07-25 12:40
very nice architecture of orthodox cathedral. Nice place in Tallin. Good POV and vertical format of picture. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
Fis2 (83972) 2013-07-25 12:41
A very curious church.
I like POV and composition.
Royaldevon (28409) 2013-07-25 14:47
I had an immediate impression that this was one of your resurrected photographs, maybe because of the style of the church. Your notes are, indeed, interesting, especially about the change of heart of the Estonian people. Perhaps, because it has been there so long, and the Estonians now have complete independence, they see it as a historic symbol of what they suffered and conquered. Who knows!
It is a massive building. It has the style of a mosque but with much more outward, colourful decoration.
The figures help to establish the tremendous scale of the church.
My warm regards,
carlo62 (30559) 2013-07-25 15:02
una chiesa molto bella, la sua architettura è elegante e colorata, molto diversa dalle nostre chiese.
Ottima foto, ripresa da un buon punto, incorniciata tra gli alberi e con la presenza delle persone che ci indicano anche le proporzioni della costruzione.
wolf38 (31258) 2013-07-25 21:47
Hello Gert. The churches in the Baltic States are true landmarks. Who comes from Western countries, admiring the architecture, the decorations, etc. And I just admire the strong religiosity of people - young or old.
amaryllis (34208) 2013-07-25 22:16
Une belle photo et cadrage de cette église orthodoxe avec une architecture remarquable, ce cadrage en contre plongée et entre les arbres est bien réalisé
Merci de ce partage
jurek1951 (41358) 2013-07-25 23:26
What a wonderful perspective of the church,very interesting from architectur.Good details,sharpnes and wonderful interesting note.
bayno (18342) 2013-07-26 1:27
I think the POV in the shade, while the magnificent cathedral, completely in the light did lose some details and maybe some burnt area of the photo, the weather and the light were not sure your allies in this shot, despite what you did to make a great presentation with a very nice framing and vivid colors, the three men walking are a great bonus...
Nicou (119469) 2013-07-26 1:50
quelle iamge et cpatage quelle vue et compo sueprbe avec la végétaiton quelle belle église orthodoxe ces coupole dans les sommet une splendeur.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (48088) 2013-07-26 6:14
Charming scene on the old paved road to the church. There's something intimate about this image.
Well taken, have a fine weekend.
pajaran (50476) 2013-07-26 6:23
Dobar dan, popodne.
Dobar tekst o Crkvi sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana crkva i detalji na fasadi.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Good article on the Church of the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful church and the details shown on the facade.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend.
tyro (19766) 2013-07-26 7:44
As soon as I see that you have posted a picture on TE, I must confess that I am more interested in reading the very informative and fascinating note that you have written than I am in studying the photographic intricacies of your photograph. That is not to say that I do not enjoy your excellent photographs (which, wonderfully, always seem to include interesting human activities) but your notes really do excel.
This posting, of course, will strike a powerful note with those who have ever lived under anti-religious Soviet rule. And I see that our friend, Malgo, has written a very interesting critique.
What a magnificent building and how wonderful that it has been rescued. And how even more wonderful the fact that its sturdy construction played no small part in preventing its destruction almost a century ago.
A well taken photograph, well composed and with lovely colours. There's lots of detail and sharpness but I think the light didn't do you any favours with the rather bleached out sky. Nonetheless, a perfect upload for TE.
saxo042 (37224) 2013-07-26 8:48
En intreesant och imponerande kyrka och en fint komponerad bild. Ljusförhållandena ser ju inte ut att ha varit de bästa. de gröna färgerna ser lite ansträngda ut. Men en intressant not.
williewhistler (13535) 2013-07-26 13:39
the distinct architectural style is nicely framed by the trees with the three figures helping to give a good sense of scale to the image.
ourania (29387) 2013-07-26 14:11
a wonderful composition from a well considered upward point of view that has fitted the grandeur of the church in the frame comfortably and agreeably. I like very much the culmination of interest which makes all the layers of details and colours attractive and significant. The trees offer great framing, nice chromatic contrast and peacefulness. The huge, impressive building and the melancolic atmosphere are counterbalanced by the interest and movement carried along by the three people. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
limielski (0) 2013-07-26 14:37
Fantastic shot of the beautiful and interesting object. White sky is a perfect background for white wall of the cathedral. This photo is full of colour harmony. A very nice composition. TFS
Best regards, Leszek
eldancer1 (26764) 2013-07-26 15:22
I'm sure glad the restored this church...it's beautiful! And your pov and presentation made this church even more powerful! Good lighting and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
mesutilgim (82284) 2013-07-27 13:45
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture but even nicer story !
Good pov and good light management. Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
fabbs99 (16151) 2013-07-28 0:00
Lovely shot with great Sharpness
Urs (14082) 2013-07-28 3:02
Beautiful church with strong Russian influence. The only issue I have with your shot is, that the church is slightly shifted to the right. Otherwise excellent photo job.
mkamionka (30072) 2013-07-29 5:33
in the very middle of Warsaw there is also a huge building symbolizing Soviet friendship and/or domination over Poland so there were so many voices to demolish it but in the meantime it became one of symbols of Poland so in the end for practical reasons as well they kept it.
This church is so beautiful here with fantastic architecture and it seem to be well taken care about now with the paint sppearing almost fresh here.
For me just the weather is terrible: the sky so white. It is a pity but while in travel one not always have perfect conditions.
daddo (23633) 2013-07-30 3:22
Hi Gert. Thank goodness that tolerance overrode nationalism and bitterness- something the rest of the world could copy for the sake of art, beauty and noble aspirations. Lovely church with impressive architecture and lively colours. Nice POV. Regards. Klaudio.
serp2000 (39250) 2013-07-31 8:08
I see this theme got hot discussion here.
The Russian Orthodox church is just a part of official politic today. From persecuted to the persecutors...
Fine composition with the green frame, very informative article. Thanks!
jemaflor (82988) 2013-07-31 9:04
Very beautiful architecture perfectly presented, good angle and sharpness, tfs.
Angshu (55263) 2013-08-05 0:21
Looks freshly painted, with the typical design of the Eastern church. Good depth has been created with the wall. The sky looks bleak, but the colour palette on the church makes up...well framed as well with the trees on either side
PiotrF (6758) 2013-09-14 0:30
Nice shot of Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky cathedral. This is typical russian church architecture. I like these. Interesting note Colors, contrast are excellent. For me superb..
subhendu_bagchi (25503) 2013-10-19 22:05
namaste Gert, a very well built cathedral at background which is presented here with sharp details and colours. The people walking by it made your composition dynamic. Good colour tone and depth. A nice one. Tfs.