For my last photo from France for a while I chose the view of the cathedral of Tours. I am mad about the Gothic cathedrals so I was delighted in France to see some of them.
he cathedral of Tours, dedicated to Saint Gatien, its canonized first bishop, was begun about 1170 to replace the cathedral that was burnt out in 1166, during the dispute between Louis VII of France and Henry II of England. The lowermost stages of the western towers belong to the 12th century, but the rest of the west end is in the profusely detailed Flamboyant Gothic of the 15th century, completed just as the Renaissance was affecting the patrons who planned the châteaux of Touraine.
The atmosphere of the Gothic cathedral close permeates Honoré de Balzac's dark short novel of jealousy and provincial intrigues, Le Curé de Tours (The Curate of Tours) and his medieval story Maitre Cornélius opens within the cathedral itself.
But what I found amazing about this cathedral. See the two towers. They are different and i have the impression that the one on the right side is looking at me and the other is surprised. it is my imagination, but I find it funny, and you?
Tours is famous for St. Martin, who is buried there.
he inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country. The pronunciation of Touraine is traditionally regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the French language, supposedly devoid of any perceived accent (unlike that of most other regions of France, including Paris). Well, I do not speak French, I can't tell.
the whole cathedral
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Angshu (56462) 2013-10-11 1:55
I love architecture images...and this one is fantastic!
The mellow light creates a fine impression. Lovely details...especially on the rose windows. Fine symmetrical view
Wonder why you took this picture with F/4!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-11 4:15
this is so beautifully detailed and your POV makes it so imposing and eye-catching. Amazing!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
siudzi (34131) 2013-10-11 4:31
Katedry gotyckie to moja wielka pasja, więc z wielką przyjemnością śledzę Twoje ostatnie posty. Totalnie brakuje mi czasu, aby codziennie komentować zdjęcia ale to szczególnie zwróciło moją uwagę. Fantastyczna prezentacja! Bardzo elegancka kompozycja.
Sergiom (66163) 2013-10-11 5:50
J'aime beaucoup ce plan serré sur la cathédrale ainsi que la violente contre plongée qui lui donne encore plus d'ampleur. Le ciel est parfait comme arrière plan.
saxo042 (37602) 2013-10-11 8:34
I just gave feedback to a similar picture (#1436782 by Bev Robinson) and I said that I liked the perfect symmetry. Same goes for this picture. Your low POV enhances the impressions and all the details. I also enjoy the impression of faces with eyes on the towers, the left face is looking up and the right face is looking down at us...
rychem (27412) 2013-10-11 9:09
Jak wiele takich francuskich katedr i ta jest imponująca, tylko chwytac za aparat, doskonałe symetryczne ujecie, ta perspektyw poteguje wrażenie wielkości, bdb
holmertz (44362) 2013-10-11 10:17
When I studied art history very long ago the Gothic cathedrals were among those works of art that fascinated me the most. Maybe I read aboaut the "eyes" of the Tours cathedral even then, I don't remember, but you certainly make a good point. I think the eyes to the right would be following you wherever you were standing. In the Hagia Sofia, somewhere on the upper gallery, there is a painting (or maybe mosaic) of Christ who keeps looking at you no matter in what direction you are going. Check it up.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-11 11:34
molto bello il punto di ripresa che ha dato luogo ad una eccellente composizione nella quale la simmetria è perfetta.
Ma quello che si fa anche notare con prtepotenza è l'eccellente nitidezza , la bella luce che illumina il soggetto che aiuta ad esaltarne il colore senza le forzature che a volte il sole brillante porta con sè.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
jjcordier (78388) 2013-10-11 22:03
Jolie présentation de cette très belle cathédrale de Tours. J'ai la même sensation que toi en regardant les deux tours.
Fis2 (89325) 2013-10-12 9:17
Piekne wieze, wspaniala fasada.
Super kolorki i ostrosc.
Krzysztof i G.
kwekwekan (1078) 2013-10-12 10:41
Nice front-lit cathedral with good sharpness and clarity to capture the intricate details of the gothic building. Good lighting and a delicate evening sky.