St. Johanniskloster (St. John’s priory) is beautifully situated in Schleswig at the banks of the firth Schlei. It is one of Schleswig’s most fascinating buildings with an interesting history:
Since women earned no money in the Middle Ages, they soon turned into a financial problem for their families when staying unmarried. If they had no husbands they entered convents or priories – which was an early form of old age insurance. Things have been like that in Schleswig ever since the 16th century. The predecessor of the priory, the Benedictine Abbey, already 400 years old, did not survive the Reformation period but was razed. What was left was taken over by Schleswig-Holstein’s knights who converted it into a chapter of nuns. Rich knights and noble men are still among us and whoever is noble and of Holstein origin for a long enough period is eligible for admission. And they still have the right to give their daughters to St. Johanniskloster. Traditions that have long become absurd are kept alive at St. Johanniskloster (St. John’s Priory)!
The public has access to the priory and more and more tourists come to St. Johanniskloster. They are guided through the rooms, bringing along a great deal of money. But there is still an atmosphere of tranquility on this place. And – as you can see- another popular tradition is also kept alive here: pruning the linden trees!
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besnard (54259) 2009-04-26 1:18
Un bon cliché de ces maisons à l'architecture ancienne très intéressante. La luminosité est bonne pour mettre l'ensemble en valeur.
Je te souhaite un bon dimanche.
fanni (14381) 2009-04-26 1:21
very pleasant, very cozy scene! This game of light shadows and sunshine creates this special atmosphere of coziness and looks very inviting.
And I think the composition and POV were chosen very well. I like the natural colours and the warm of the photo. This looks almost romantic ;)
My congratulations! :)
papagolf21 (88135) 2009-04-26 1:28
Bonjour, chère amie Harriet,
La note très intéressante nous permet de mieux comprendre la vie de nos ancêtres et particulièrement celle des femmes (heureusement, il y a eu des améliorations depuis, mais combien aura-t-il fallu !!!)
Cet endroit donne une sensation de sérénité très agréable. La beauté architecturale de l'ensemble est manifeste.
Une très belle réalisation accompagnée d'une note très pertinente.
Buin (42354) 2009-04-26 1:30
Den Titel kann ich nur unterstreichen! Als ich vor 2 Jahren dort war, fühlte ich wirklich so etwas wie den "Hauch der Geschichte". Das Licht- und Schattenspiel im Foto ist wirklich wunderschön und fügt einen besonderen Reiz hinzu.
Einen schönen Sonntag aus dem warmen und - noch - sonnigen Siegen!
bema (26361) 2009-04-26 1:42
Guten Morgen Harriet,
ein schönes Bauwerk, schön gesehen und ansprechend präsentiert..
schöne Farben und ein guter Blickwinkel..
wünsche ein sonniges Restwochenende, Gruß Bernd
saxo042 (37596) 2009-04-26 2:44
An interesting picture with a very interesting note. You have managed to include a touch of many colours here; the sky, the roof, the tree and the house itself. But I see that this photo was taken some weeks ago. Are those linden trees in blossom now?
asajernigan (21372) 2009-04-26 7:08
Your composition is great using the curving road to lead the eye through the shot. The architecture is great and you have presented it nicely. The lighting and colors are great with the shadows creating nice contrast. The photo has excellent sharpness and detail.
ellelloo (6572) 2009-04-26 7:44
An enchanting photo with a nice composition, beautiful light and a peaceful atmosphere. I like the play of shadows and light. Good, rich colours, excellent clarity and sharpness. Thanks for the interesting note too!
dareco (17134) 2009-04-26 8:21
Very nice lighting and shadows. A pretty place, very cozy. Good color. TFS
danyy (0) 2009-04-26 23:13
un endroit qui ne manque pas de charme et qui est parfaitement entretenu, une photo bien cadrée qui nous guide avec ce sentier. Des couleurs rendues avec beaucoup de naturel et le bleu du ciel bien capturé, pas toujours facile.
ciakgiak (30421) 2009-04-27 2:18
This is a really pleasant photo, a perfect composition with beautiful light and a relaxing atmosphere of peace. Good management of shadows and light, amazing colours, excellent clarity and sharpness. Thanks for sharing!
Warm regards, have a great week.
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-04-27 4:41
Lovely display of rural architecture, simple and straightforward. I really like the angle and light management in this one. Clarity & colors are superb and your note extremely informative, as usual. TFS! Have a nice day, I'll be seeing you.
buscape (6219) 2009-04-27 15:20
ein schönes Bild von diesen Klostergebäuden mit natürlichen Farben und einem guten Kommentar. Mir gefällt wie die Gebäude mit den Bäumen harmonieren. Das Seitenlicht und die daraus resultierenden Schatten gefallen mir ebenfalls sehr gut.
Viele Grüsse aus dem Donautal,
bracasha75 (24585) 2009-04-27 15:32
Es ist immer schon so ein altes haus zu besuhen und was von die vergangeheit zu erfahren
Ein einfaches aber einfach schones bild
Mir gefahlt es echt!!!!!!!
skippy007 (12510) 2009-04-27 16:56
Hello Harriet, Lovely photo enhanced by your interesting & informative note. I like the road leading to this building, the natural colours & the contrast of light & shadows, excellent clarity & sharpness. I assume the linden tree is one left as the others look like plane trees to me, not sure. Interesting & informative note, thank you.
shevchenko (18892) 2009-04-27 20:45
Interesting life style at this place in old age, today these old houses and big trees here at the corner create realaxing and peaceful view, good pov to show it, thanks for sharing.
emka (82572) 2009-04-27 23:54
Very interesting note about this cloister and the fate of unmarried women in old times. Nice atmosphere. I like such houses very much. What i find strange here is this pruning of linden trees. They are never treated like this in Poland.
anto95 (1840) 2009-04-28 5:18
Excellent framing and composition, great light management, beautiful colours! Congratulations!
Bluejeans (64249) 2009-04-28 5:43
Lindo o lugar com estas casas tradicionais com as paredes de riscas de madeira, ficaram bonitas as sombras das árvores , bonitas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Silvio1953 (126846) 2009-04-28 6:27
Ciao Harriet, beautiful composition with wonderful house and splendid trees, great perspective, very well done, ciao Silvio
holmertz (43285) 2009-04-28 7:30
The road makes a nice curve along these fine buildings ambedded among the trees and bushes. A well kept and pleasant place shown from a good POV.
jurek1951 (42160) 2009-04-28 11:11
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.The lighting is fantastic.
claudeD (34390) 2009-04-28 11:18
very interesting architecture shot with a fine composition and good lights.Thank you for your detailed note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
gunbud (34066) 2009-04-28 19:16
Wonderful blend of vivid colors in this beautiful light.
Love how the lush gren of the tree contrast with the clear blue sky and how nice the long shadows looks on the lovely orange roof.
Very informative not about the rich history of the priory.
pablominto (53744) 2009-04-28 23:08
A good point of view with the fine old building in the diagonal!
Inclusion of the gravel road works nicely as a lead-in, and the lovely old trees add the natural feeling...
A balanced composition with rich colours!
Waylim (25368) 2009-04-28 23:47
Another very charming image of the piroy, it does look very warm and welcoming, with sense of peace and calm setting in this natural and hummble environment, no grand garden, just a nice lovely and natural surrounding. Thanks for the informative note. Have a good day.
diomed (13926) 2009-04-29 6:17
very interesting shot and note, in the right philosophy of TE. I like the perpective and the graphism of the roof. Well done! C
gilou530 (34) 2009-04-29 9:01
une autre photo de ces maisons stylées de ce beau pays, un cadrage et un composition en toute simplicité qui nous montre un beau travail de photographe
delpeoples (54125) 2009-04-30 0:02
Hi harriett, another beautiful piece of history from your region. The Note is very interesting, I like how the shadows play across the road too. TFS and have a wonderful week, Lisa.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-04-30 2:52
I appreciate the light which safeguards the colors and the architecture development by these adequate point of view and framing. I appreciate the note which explains it why and it clearly how traditions. Very beautiful and very interesting. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
COSTANTINO (57903) 2009-05-01 12:06
thanks for your useful notes,I liked a lot the subject and the traditions too..It is a very pretty place,a marvellous building with so many attractive details,a peaceful atmosphere with a nice game of shadows and lights..A shot for romantic people too..
regards and have a new nice month May
gildasjan (41934) 2009-05-05 9:24
Très bon rendu des couleurs et image de bonne qualité de ce quartier.
foozi (7101) 2009-05-06 21:05
lovely presentation of the beautiful house. I like the design and colours.
Very sharp and clear depiction of lovely architecture.
The shadow gives a good impacr and effect to make this capture a beautiful one.
Angshu (56406) 2009-05-28 21:20
The old design of the house, the robust trunks of trees which kind-of frames it, the colour contrast between the red tiles and the blue sky...the place seems to be quiet & tranquil as you mentioned in your note, which adds to the mood of this picture. Well done!
mkamionka (31467) 2009-07-24 23:08
I enjoy your gallery from Schleswig-Holstein/Denmark.
I spent couple of years in Lubeck and very early I got the feeling that people living there are very proud of their region. I met plenty of great people over there even if many of them were pretty much closed at the beginning. In fact one of the very good friends of mine I met during Kieler Woche. We were hiding from rain and waiting for the ship parade. We have benefited both from this friendship because we (me and my wife) were extremely touristically active in this area and Tina saw in this time plenty of local places which she wouldn't probably visit, and we had a knoledgeable local guide...
I mention that because we were together also in Schleswig town. I remember a palace there and a Viking Museum. You reminded me about it here.
This region has plenty of surprises and your collection is very valuable.
danos (88883) 2012-05-30 0:49
i read carefuly your informative note about the St. John’s priory with all these wamen to entered in it the older eras,to help their families because of the finational problems of the period.
A visit in the priory and the visit of its room must be a great experience for the visitor as will inhale the atmosphere of the past.The pruning trees decorate the exterior of the building with the light and the colour management to brings out the details of it.
Have a good day,danos
ikeharel (60363) 2015-04-30 8:28
Could not say out loud the name of the priory you show... But must admit a fine photojob showing it, Harriet.
There is good light upon, distinct well the red roof-tile in contrast to the big green tree.
Pleasent to look at.