Watching my TE gallery one may think that my photos are getting worse and worse. I am reaching now again into my archive, this time to mark one more county on my TrekEarth map of Germany: Brandenburg. A while ago I had a pleasure to visit Potsdam with its beautiful Sanssouci Palace. This photo presents a small structure in the garden surrounding the palace. It is a scan from print.
Dragon House (German Drachenhaus) is a historical building in Potsdam, Germany, built by King Frederick the Great of Prussia on the southern slope of the Klausberg, which borders the northern edge of Sanssouci Park. It was constructed between 1770 and 1772 in the prevailing Chinoiserie taste of the time, designed to imitate a Chinese pagoda. Carl von Gontard was commissioned to build it. The Dragon House is named after the sixteen dragons on the corners of its concave roofs.
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batalay (39911) 2013-12-10 15:22
I would never have associated this edifice with Frederick the Great, but your note certainly makes a case for its provenance. I have not been very active lately on this addictive site, but it's always a pleasure to visit and revisit your gallery.
Best wishes for the Holiday Season,
nikkitta (17068) 2013-12-10 17:47
Well taken capture showing the dragons in good contrast with the sky
Like the vertical format, quite adecuated and of course the informative note
I visited the castle while staying in Berlin, what call me more the attention were the winegards protected by glases , all in a terrase, must search if I have some of this atractive pavillon
dkmurphys (62789) 2013-12-10 20:41
First,mi do not agree about the quality of your nowadays pictures...maybe you are a little bit nostalgic about the places seen in the past.
Second, I like this simple image of traditional pagoda, very attractive structure. Your scanner works perfectly, by the way :p
mcmtanyel (26916) 2013-12-10 21:25
This is a very eye-catching structure. You have rendered it very well with good color and light management. Nice and tight framing draws attention to the structure without leaving anything of import out. Your note is informative, TFS!
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-12-10 22:24
The Dragon House look cute.You have captured the mood of this beautiful place extremely well.Excellent photography.TFS.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-10 22:50
un ottimo soggetto che sembra catapultato in Europa dal lontano oriente quasi per magia, una ottima composizione e dei colori saturi al punto giusto per una foto che mostra un altro aspetto di questa città della Germania.
Una ripresa perfetta e molto piacevole.
Ciao e buona giornata
lousat (95838) 2013-12-11 1:39
Hi Mariusz,i thought to a wooden church watching the miniature in the main gallery...ehehe...a very interesting and nice historical building,very original to watch something like this 250 years old,excellent post and great scannering work,it seems made yesterday! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-11 2:17
a good scan this, no loss of detail and a building that is beautiful and one that is not typical of German architecture. It looks so well maintained and quite wonderful in this setting and against a blue sky. Excellent!
Noel_Byrne (33054) 2013-12-11 4:10
A subject that always fascinated me, born in the year of the dragon, I've always loved the subject, and anything about it. Combining that with my other love of architecture, and this is a shot that gets my attention very nicely!! Beautiful composition on the tower the central positioning suits it perfectly, and the building has an alluring grandeur to it. To think that places like this are no more than decoration for these palaces, I and my whole family could happily live in this dragon tower!!
beautiful colors too.
Sergiom (85977) 2013-12-11 5:43
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage simple mais très efficace. J'aime aussi les belles couleurs qui ressortent bien avec ce beau ciel bleu en arrière plan. L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté.
danos (101766) 2013-12-11 6:46
very nice the view as the presentation of the Dragon house,with the architectural style to be unique.
I like the excellent light and colour management as the beauty of the building.
Fis2 (103874) 2013-12-11 7:09
Ciekawa budowla ladnie pokazana.
Dobry pionowy kadr i kompozycja.
ikeharel (76075) 2013-12-11 8:45
Good evening Mariusz,
Fine outlines collected, and special green tone and decorations on its walls.
The dragons placed in multi-number from all sides, maybe to make sure kids if ever come to the church, would remain under the impression of a frightening place... not to do anything pawky.
Fine shot. Cheers,
dta (81060) 2013-12-11 9:13
Hello Mariusz ,
This is an excellent scan of this outstanding building , well framed and exposed under this soft light .
Graal (103038) 2013-12-11 11:24
no tak, smokow tu nie brakuje. Przypomniales tym tytulem slynny film z Bruce Lee. Interesujaca budowla w dalekowschodnim stylu. Ladne kolory, detale i kadr.
tyro (26142) 2013-12-11 13:45
What a fascinating note you have written about this very inteersting building. I would never have thought of a building like this being in Germany! Nice too that you have again delved into your archives and come up with a refreshing and new picture.
The light here is lovely and brings out all the delightful colours and the wonderful details of this lovely structure. In particular, we can see those dragons perfectly against the sky but it is the lovely round-topped windows in the lower part of the building and the lovely colours and shapes of the walls there that I like best.
Good light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
delpeoples (59430) 2013-12-11 17:27
hehehe love your note, and no I don't think that at all. This photo definitely looks like an older photo to me, there is a slight noise in the sky that tells me it's older and was taken on less sophisticated machinery. But the skill of the photographer is ever-present in terms of sharpness, composition, colour, contrast and eye for detail. And I love your title.
Have a happy evening
emka (104196) 2013-12-11 23:53
cześć Mariusz, Zdecydowałeś się na dołożenie troche żółtego do mapki :). Ja miło wspominam Poczdam, bo była to pierwsza zagraniczna podróż z moim mężem, na dowód osobisty. Muszę sie wybrac jeszcze raz. jakos nie pamietam tego smoczego domku, pamietam tylko chińską herbaciarnię. Fajna pagoda, ładna prezentacja. ciekawe kolory, troche niedzisiejsze.
jemaflor (101273) 2013-12-12 4:06
Well presented, interesting monument, perfect sahrpness, nice architecure, tfs.
PaulVDV (31161) 2013-12-12 12:24
Definitely a surprisingly building, by its architectural style as well as by its green colour.
I like the decorations around the windows and on the corners of the ground floor. The tower also looks beautiful and the dragons stand out well against the sky.
Best regards, Paul
Royaldevon (41770) 2013-12-13 3:58
This is a fine shot, especially from a scanned print. The quality is amazingly sharp.
It certainly does not appear to be from Germany, which makes it all the more interesting in its decoration and colours.
Have a lovely w/e,
adramad (48392) 2013-12-13 4:53
Original and beautiful this small palace, which at first glance, one thinks place in the East.
A beautiful structure that stands well on that beautiful blue sky, the branches of the trees give a nice complement.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I love it.
Enjoy a good weekend.
abmdsudi (57160) 2013-12-13 8:39
Thumb up for save archiving and share with us, lovely shot and all the shapes and architectural style of this cute looking Chinese pagoda temple aided by some vivid colours which draws the eye in. A shot benefitted much from the central framing as it provides all the intricate detail so immaculately. It's a fine shot so well executed that looks so tranquil befitting the religious mood really well & thks to your brief notes. Congrats
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-12-13 20:27
Witaj Mariusz, ciekawa architektura I ladnie wykonane zdjecie. Podoba mi sie klorystyka. Super swiatlo I ostrosc. Swietnie ze wykonanles je w pionowym formacie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam I zycze mielgo WE, Barbara
Cricri (123700) 2013-12-14 1:44
Un bâtiment d'une construction ancienne super bien entretenu, de belles couleurs et des sculptures qui ressorte très bien sous un ciel mitigé entre le blanc et le bleu, bonne netteté et présentation
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-12-14 4:59
nice and interesting architecture, good sharpness and colors too.