Roman Catholic church of St John the Baptist (Keresztelo Sz. Janos), Szentendre
This church is Szentendre's oldest building and the town's first stone church. A number of details preserve its original 13th-century architecture and also the remains of a Gothic reconstruction carried out in the 14th and 15th centuries. It was restored again in the 18th century, this time in Baroque style.
Due to the reconstructions architectural styles mingle, yet the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque elements harmonise. Side facades carry fragments of medieval wall paintings while the interior is completely Baroque. An interesting feature of the paintings in the sanctuary is that the background for the biblical scenes is the cityscape of Szentendre. These paintings were made in 1938 by members of the original Szentendre artists' colony.
Church Square (Templom tér) is the highest point of central Szentendre. A promenade surrounded by balustrades offers a spectacular panorama over the oft-painted roofs and small courtyards of Szentendre, the town itself, the Danube, and its island.
Szentendre is known as the town of living art due to its artist colony of international renown, and its museums and galleries. With its well preserved, distinctive 18th-century townscape, the town centre is a group of heritage buildings unique in Hungary.
In the beginning of the 2nd century the Romans built a defence system in and around Szentendre. Their reinforced military camp was called Ulcisa Castra, the first known name of the town. Later the town was called after the patron saint of the parish church, the apostle St Andrew (Szent Endre).
Recent decades have seen major changes in the life of Szentendre as a result of the rapidly growing tourism industry, thanks to the historical atmosphere of the town's streets, its art life, as well as the Hungarian Open-Air Museum (Szentendrei Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum, Skanzen) which visualises rural life in Hungary.
Szentendre was awarded the Hild Medal in 1980 in recognition of its successes in town development and in preserving its traditions.
How to get there:
Szentendre lies to the north of Budapest and can be reached by suburban railway (HÉV), and by local Volán bus lines to Szentendre or through to Esztergom. By car take Route 11. (Source: Vendégváró)
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asajernigan (21366) 2010-11-29 3:53
This is a great shot of this fine church. The angle of the shot is nice adding depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness. The off center placement of the church works well.
snunney (86500) 2010-11-29 3:59
A well framed and pleasantly lit composition. The tree is well included offering a fine counterbalance to the church tower. Colours and sharpness are both excellent.
npecanhuk (67520) 2010-11-29 4:16
What a lovely and beautiful picture!
The church is very nice and all those leafless trees look quite attractive here!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jhm (141307) 2010-11-29 4:37
Lovely spring picture, you chose a excellent angle and placed the church to the rightside.
We get to the left a very well depth picture and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
dta (68862) 2010-11-29 4:40
Hello george ,
Excellent composition , perspective and framing . I like especially the silhouette of the dark tree , and the elegant clouds , by this superb sunny winter day .
Cricri (108775) 2010-11-29 4:51
Un clocher carré particulier de cette charmante église bien cadrer avec les arbres, un temps d'hiver ou la lumière joue un excellent rôle, très belle présentation
dkmurphys (50416) 2010-11-29 4:54
This little city looks amazing. Like a totally different world, trapped in the past. Incredible place, fine good mood capture.
Have a nice afternoon.
serp2000 (41012) 2010-11-29 5:09
this photo with dry tree reminds me another your photo of Jurisics Castle from Koszeg. Good timeless athmosphere, excellent quality.
adramad (39174) 2010-11-29 7:25
Lovely composition, nice POV chosen this good graphics, which provide the trees with their branches and no leaves and the harmonious church tower, cutting into that beautiful sky.
An image with a beautiful bright colors and sharp images.
Szeretném, ha egy kellemes estét.
Sergiom (63002) 2010-11-29 9:57
Les arbres dénudés de leurs feuilles guident le regard vers cette belle église qui dort au soleil dans une belle lumière d'automne.
ymrk (14955) 2010-11-29 10:40
beautiful light,mysterious trees and more different part of the build!and we see a well harmony when saw this.good image György!
siamesa (27749) 2010-11-29 11:51
Boa tarde George
This dry trees added a special effect in the composition.Superb point of view and excellent sharpness.
ifege (10225) 2010-11-29 19:56
A good photo of this good looking old church with excellent use made of the bare trees for a glimpse of the setting.
jjcordier (77502) 2010-11-29 22:51
Encore une de ces très belles et lumineuses compositions dont tu as le secret et qui donne vraiment envie de découvrir toutes ces jolies villes de ton pays.
Graal (98670) 2010-11-29 23:56
Jó napot George,
an interesting place and presentation from Your photo-archive. Nice tower of church. Good note. Solid work. I like it.
Have a nice day.
mauro61 (52623) 2010-11-30 1:02
gli alberi con i rami spogli danno quel tocco in più all'immagine già bella con la chiesa e l'azzurro del cielo.
Fantastici i colori nella loro naturalezza,
pablominto (53744) 2010-11-30 23:25
The fine light makes me look forward to spring..!
It is a pleasant composition as the naked tree balance the church, which is captured with fine details in the architecture...
The red roof tiles contrast well with the lovely blue sky!