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Ulm Minster (German: Ulmer Münster,is a Lutheran church and former Roman Catholic church located in Ulm, Germany. Although sometimes referred to as Ulm Cathedral because of its great size, the church is not a Cathedral as it has never been the seat of a bishop.
Ulm Minster, like Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), was begun in the Gothic era and not completed until the late 19th century. It is the tallest church in the world,and the 4th tallest structure built before the 20th century,with a steeple measuring 161.5 metres (530 ft)and containing 768 steps. From the top level at 143 m (469 ft) there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps from Säntis to the Zugspitze. The final stairwell to the top (known as the third Gallery) is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.
History and architecture
In the 14th century, the parish church of Ulm was located outside the walled city. The burghers of Ulm decided to erect a new church within the perimeters of the city and to finance the costs of the erection.
In 1377 the foundation stone was laid. The planned church was to have three naves of equal height, a main spire on the west and two steeples above the choir. In 1392 Ulrich Ensingen (associated with Strasbourg Cathedral) was appointed master builder. It was his plan to make the western church tower the tallest spire, which it remains in the present day.
The church, consisting of the longitudinal naves and the choir, covered by a temporary roof, was consecrated in 1405. However, structural damage, caused by the height of the naves and the weight of the heavy vaulting, necessitated a reconstruction of the lateral naves which were supported by a row of additional column in their centre.
In a referendum in 1530/31, the citizens of Ulm converted to Protestantism during the Reformation. Ulm Minster became a Lutheran church. Although as large as many cathedrals, Ulm is not a cathedral, as the responsible bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg – member of the Evangelical Church in Germany – resides in Stuttgart.
In 1543 construction work was halted at a time when the steeple had reached a height of some 100 metres (330 ft). The halt in the building process was caused by a variety of factors which were political and religious (the Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, the War of the Spanish Succession) as well as economic (the discovery of the Americas in 1492 and of the sea route to India in 1497, leading to a shift in trade routes and commodities). One result was economic stagnation and a steady decline, preventing major public expenditure.
In 1817 work resumed and the three steeples of the church were completed. Finally, on 31 May 1890 the building was completed.
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lousat (73149) 2014-06-25 3:22
Hi Danos,absolutely beautiful this architechture and its facade,the imposing perspective make the difference,and the moment too with the best light and the blue sky in background,very interesting and very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
besnard (52279) 2014-06-25 3:52
Une belle image de cette superbe cathédrale à l'architecture remarquable. Ta prise de vue nous permet d'en voir les détails.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
jemaflor (81674) 2014-06-25 3:56
Great architecture well presented with this pov, light and sharpness are well managed, tfs.
pajaran (49183) 2014-06-25 4:13
intereantan tekst o Ulm Minster sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
interesting article on the Ulm Minster with a history and description of ...
Good video and contrast nicely demonstrated architecture and details on the facade, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Fis2 (82696) 2014-06-25 5:14
Good frame and nice colors.
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (55735) 2014-06-25 5:47
Vraiment très impressionnante cette cathédrale. La contre plongée lui donne énormément d'ampleur et utilise ce ciel parfait comme arrière plan. Une richesse dans les détails.
dta (63750) 2014-06-25 6:00
Hello Danos ,
Quand on se trouve sur cette place , on doit être impressionné par la hauteur vertigineuse de cette flèche gothique .
pierrefonds (55398) 2014-06-25 6:28
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The church is impressive. The point of view is showing with precision the details and the colors of the architecture of the lutheran church. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
dip (23528) 2014-06-25 7:55
Γεια σου Δάνο,
ωραία φωτογραφία του εντυπωσιακού καθεδρικού ναού,καλό καδράρισμα,μου αρέσει το κοντράστ των χρωμάτων,ο ουρανός έγραψε πολύ καλά!
ikeharel (53415) 2014-06-25 8:34
A fine shot at the facade of the cathedral, Danos.
Gothic architecture style superbly in sharpness, light also enhanced the carved art elements.
View upwards added great impression.
PiotrF (5200) 2014-06-25 13:29
beautiful view of this architecture and its facade. Perfect exposure and good color saturation.Thanks for the interesting notes.
Sonata11 (33179) 2014-06-25 20:27
beautiful composition of very impressive architecture wonderfully executed with fantastic management of colors, sharpness, clarity. I like POV. Beautiful work with pleasure to look at. Tfs. Best regards, Barbara
papagolf21 (83648) 2014-06-26 0:01
Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
Cette cathédrale faite de dentelles inspire le respect du travail des aïeux.
La présence de personnages donne l'échelle de l'édifice.
Très bonne journée.
ourania (27542) 2014-06-26 2:30
πάρα πολύ δυναμική και εντυπωσιακή παρουσίαση του συναρπαστικού γοτθικού ναού. Το κάδρο σου είναι επιλεγμένο προσεκτικά και είναι γεμάτο από ένταση χάρη στην προοπτική και τα χρώματα. Ευκρινέστατες λεπτομέρειες μας επιτρέπουν να μελετήσουμε την αρχιτεκτονική, το βάθος και οι άνθρωποι μας δίνουν να καταλάβουμε την κλίμακα αυτής της φαινομενικά απλής σύνθεσης. Εξαιρετικός ο ουρανός, πολύ ελκυστικές οι αντιθέσεις. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλή σου μέρα,
macjake (53278) 2014-06-26 2:56
now thats a towering Cathedral!
my favorite part of the photo are the 2 people sitting in chairs at the bottom! that is so funny looking :)
you had a great day to capture this too, lots of attractice white clouds in the sky to compliment the massive structure.
well chosen pov
mesutilgim (80858) 2014-06-26 3:26
Hellon dear Danos,
Very nice capture of this famous cathedral in Ulm enriched with many interesting notes.
Very good pov and an overwhelming compo.
TFS and best regards
PS. The title should be "Ulm Münster". Just for your info.
shreya2000 (917) 2014-06-26 3:57
Very good picture of the great architecture. The angle is very good. You captured the whole architecture nicely. Good colours and contrast.
dkmurphys (47230) 2014-06-26 7:32
Fine capture of this impressive cathedral. It looks great against the blue sky. Well taken.
eldancer1 (25798) 2014-06-26 9:04
Photographing tall buildings is difficult but you did a wonderful job with this. Good lighting and sharp details. Nice to have the people for scale. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
photoray (10613) 2014-06-26 10:39
Fine vertical of the Ulm Minster, a neo Renaissance masterpiece with elaborate artworks covering every inch. Even the trinity arches opening is higher than many of our churches.
It would be exciting to venture to the top of the church and the view from the heavens.
Thanks for sharing,
Silvio1953 (117355) 2014-06-26 11:21
Ciao Danos, great PPOV on fantastic Church, superb sky, excellent clarity, beautiful perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jmdias (52918) 2014-06-26 17:58
very beautiful this view showing the whole façade and tower and making it so proud. I liked these details of architecture. an image with good quality. TFS.,
jcpix (11926) 2014-06-26 18:56
You've definitely utilized the architectural build of this cathedral to your best advantage and composition. There's quite a sense of height in this vertical format, reaching up for the heavens above. The clear, sunny skies have made this even more impressive as we can clearly make out all of the fine detailing and texture. I would assume it's just as beautiful on the inside as what we see on the outside. :) An imposing composition, but an inviting view. Have a great day ahead. All the best.
rychem (20313) 2014-06-26 21:47
Like a rocket! Fantastic church and splendid photo, I like your POV and rich details on the facade,
fritzi007 (3277) 2014-06-26 23:48
beautiful photo, very good quality, really worth seeing and good information, congratulations!
Apurba20 (984) 2014-06-27 2:11
This is a huge tall building, made more imposing by the angle your shot. And the slight tilt that you have given to the minaret has added to the viewing pleasure.
amaryllis (33624) 2014-06-27 2:49
Une superbe photo de cette cathédrale et une remarquable architecture et une belle luminosité
abmdsudi (40538) 2014-06-27 18:50
The thumbnail looks like a huge space shuttle about to be launched! Indeed a strong eye puller breath takingly standout church to deep blue. The exposure control is almost unbelievable with excellent effect, it's really sharp, clean look obviously the details are enormous to take in. Great effort so well taken, Congrats.
resat1972 (7316) 2014-06-28 2:22
a spectacular architecture
The blue color of the sky with a wonderful sharing
harmony of color and light very successful
saxo042 (37024) 2014-06-28 8:25
This is a very impressive church and a very good POV. You have included many attractive details and sharpness and colours are very good. An interesting note.
Cricri (102185) 2014-06-28 8:48
Une architecture remarquable de cette cathédrale sous une lumière et un ciel magnifique
imageme (1591) 2014-06-28 10:00
Hi Danos, Extraordinary image of this architecture taken with extremely low POV which enable us to see the entirely architecture and its surroundings. The people in the square provides scale. Great details and I like the blue sky too. Thank for sharing
PaulVDV (20859) 2014-06-28 13:06
A very impressive high tower!
That sky is a great backdrop.
The visitors on the square give a good idea of the scale.
Best regards, Paul
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-06-28 17:31
Δάνο, πάνε πολλά χρόνια μάλλον 20, απο τοτε που ειχα επισκεφθεί το συγκεκριμένο μέρος και ειχα εντυπωσιασθεί οπως και με τήν φωτογραφια σου..ομορφη η αντίθεση με τον μπλέ ουρανό, να που μια φορά δεν ειχε συννεφιά..εξαιρετική η παρουσίαση!!
αντε να δουμε τι θα κάνουμε αυριο, εγω ειμαι πανέτοιμη με τήν σημαία μου και τήν φωνη μου στα μέγιστα ντεσιμπέλ...δεν ζητάω τίποτα άλλο θεούλη μου να κερδίσουμε και αυτους και μετα βλέπουμε...ετσι για τήν Ελλάδα...
και με τήν νικη..
omid266 (3553) 2014-06-28 21:31
Dear my friend,
wonderful shot from this historic and great Church,
excellent POV, fine contrast,
very well shown and Thanks!
Didi (55145) 2014-06-29 10:19
Goof point of view on the church
The wide angle lens create distortions and this is normal
The solution is to take a wider positioon with a normal lens
I make a stich of several pictur this solution is not so complicated
umutlu101 (13391) 2014-06-30 0:53
immense cette cathédrale
en une seule photo tu as pu montré cette grandeur parfaitement
mjw364 (7004) 2014-06-30 8:16
Impressive cathedral. The inclusion of the people gives us a sense of scale. Interesting note too.
nikkitta (13648) 2014-06-30 15:47
Impressive architecture taken with a creative POV and great contrast with the the sky
Great sharpness to admire details
What are people doing seating in the empty space, just admiring and resting?
Not going to Seattle?
mcmtanyel (11113) 2014-06-30 20:41
A magnificent structure photographed quite competently, congratulations. I am wondering why there are people sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of the square.
Graal (95758) 2014-07-01 2:29
interesting and nice view of Gothic facade of church. Good shot. Also interesting note. Photo is very well done.
Have a nice day.
geoant68 (331) 2014-07-01 4:53
υπέροχη η παρουσίαση του καθεδρικού ναού της Ulm με το τεράστιο μέγεθος και την Αρχιτεκτονική.Οι καθισμένοι εμπρός από την είσοδό του στις καρέκλες,δημιουγούν κλίμακα στη φωτογραφία,
ChrisJ (94844) 2014-07-02 16:04
A good upward pov on this impressive cathedral with nice warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and the reddish yellow ochre facade of the stone church. Perspective has been well managed with the verticals centrally placed. Tfs!
Angshu (54979) 2014-07-02 21:29
The church is large and has superb details on its exterior. Nice symmetrical shot with the blue sky as a good BG. The people in the FG help in the scale...Good work!
mirosu (12686) 2014-07-04 2:03
Excellently captured cathedral from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the cathedral majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue sky superb.
Very well done.
p.s. no more active on 500px?
fabbs99 (16141) 2014-07-04 22:48
Colorful image of the church with a high steeple.Excellent colors and sharpness.Very well captured.TFS.
fds (7440) 2014-07-05 21:08
dear friend danos very beaqutiful ancien gotic churc from Ulm under the fantastic blu sky
i visit this very nice city along the Danubio river on 2003 summer
carlo62 (28745) 2014-07-08 8:26
magnifico stile gotico che si innalza superbo verso il bellissimo cielo.
Ottimo scatto, la presenza delle persone rende ancor più imponente questa architettura.
Curiose quelle sedie bianche, fanno parte dell'arredo urbano o sono state spostate da quelle persone? In ogni caso deve essere fantastico stare li ad osservare.
adramad (35841) 2014-07-10 8:58
Fabulous as you've captured the facade of this cathedral, with their top tower, I know the place and its so difficult to grasp the whole, beautiful sky that flies far this magnificent monument.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I like it
Enjoy a nice day.
ruisc_pt (10519) 2014-07-12 7:44
Outstanding POV and great contrasting /golden/blues tones.
mkamionka (29529) 2014-07-14 14:36
I have passed this town so many times and yet never really had a chance to stop and enjoy it. I have heard of course about the church but never seen a photo of it so I am glad to see it in your gallery. Looking at it now it does not makes an impression of particularly high but I guess the numbers say the truth.
In any case it is a beautiful church and very well presented here under a great blue sky.
Very well done!
claudeD (31017) 2014-07-19 12:19
wonderful architecture picture showing this amazing church from Ulm. Excellent composition, fine sharpness and clarity. Very good fotojob.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
stego (23276) 2014-08-01 9:51
It's interesting how the appearance of leaning to the right doesn't bother me. I am very fond of this kind of POV and here you succeeded in capturing the imposing beauty of the facade, helpe dwith a great light that you used smartly. Cheers, José.
Tue (26976) 2014-08-12 2:42
Superb capture of this enormous church tower, can't have been easy to get the entire tower in one photo. Great details and you were lucky to catch it all in a lovely sunlight.
aliabazari (12661) 2014-08-17 23:36
Hi Danos dear
Very beautiful shot of the cathedral, I love it. It is very good sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
swapankumarroy (1394) 2014-08-18 7:58
A nice wide angle view of the parish church at Ulm, very nicely captured. You narrated very well about it, good composition, very natural color and well position where you caught this old and beautiful Church, very sharped and well executed.
with warm regards and thanks.
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (83809)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, B+W 77 KSM C-POL MRC
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-25 3:20