Pictured here is the Shandon Tower of St Annes church in the centre of Cork city. It is a well known landmark in the city, and tours can be arranged to ring the famous Shandon bells, should you so wish.
The church itself is a Church of Ireland building, situated in the area known as Shandon it occupies a commanding site at the top of a hill, and is therefore visible for many miles around the area. The building we see here dates to 1722 when it was built to replace a previous church completed in 1693, but which had outlived its use to to huge population growth in the area. even that one replaced an even earlier church here with the site being a position of a medievel church as far back as 1199, which was mentioned in the decrees of Pope Innocent III as named as St Mary on the Mountain.
One of the churches most noted features is the 8 bells which are mentioned in a song titled The Bells of Shandon. The largest of these bells weighs just over one and a half tonnes. They first rang out across Cork city in 1752, hence the reason they are popular as a tourist attraction.
The church itself is not unusual but the design of the tower is quite unique in Ireland. Standing 120 feet, and a further 50 feet again counting the pepper pot decoration at the top and with walls 7 feet thick, its design was heavily influenced by a local family known as the McOsterich family. Today their influence is still marked here in Cork, as whenever any member of the family marries, anywhere on earth, the bells of the church ring in their honour. At the very top of the tower is a weather vane depicting a salmon which represents both the River Lee which runs through the city, and in older times represented the name of the Lord.
Locally the church has the nickname of the four faced liar (hence the image title). The reason for this is that each face of the tower has a clock, and depending on the angle you view it from the time appears to be slightly different on each face. All of the numbers of the clocks are made of gilded wood, and they are not all the same size, so some hands stick a little when they cross over those numbers. Strangely, on the hour all hands come together perfectly on every face.
The last picture I posted from Cork showed a narrow lane leading to the Catholic cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. The little narrow lane I was on actually leads to the church pictured here.
Thanks for looking!
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carlo62 (52050) 2014-05-16 13:53
auto e cavi a parte, è una bella composizione, la torre svetta verso il cielo blu, con il suo dorato orologio, mentre in basso, colpisce il locale rifinito di rosso.
Ottima la nota, sempre con molte notizie.
PS controlla quello che hai scritto alla mia foto ;)
emilbo (22616) 2014-05-16 14:03
Très joli tour et cette église semble bien conservée pour temps. Les fils électriques, souvent ils sont là et on n'a pas le choix. Excellente photo et beau format vertical. Bel éclairage, parfait rendu des couleurs et beau ciel bleu.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne fin de semaine,
dta (80156) 2014-05-16 14:12
Hello Noel ,
A splendid perspective of this pretty street leading to the impressive square tower ; by a beautiful sunny sring day .
fritzi007 (11523) 2014-05-16 17:06
very good representation of the Tower of Cork, very good information!
Wish you a nice weekend
jcpix (13930) 2014-05-16 20:12
The title alone scores big points, and although it may have already been coined as such, it still fits the personality and character of both tower and photographer. :)) Easy to understand why this would be visible from afar, she sure stands tall and proud...and dare I say, like a lot of women, can't make up her mind with the "true time" being displayed. lol I think I may have just alienated myself with that one!? :o
Beauty composition...a smooth, curved lead-in with that foreground red color is very well put together for both balance and color contrasts. Love the gentleman in the doorway, adding the small touch of human presence to the scene. Looks to have been quite a nice day out too, glad you took full advantage of the clear skies...which sure seem to show up in a lot of your pictures. Hmmmmm??? lol Enjoy the weekend. Take it easy.
Cheers from the sun drenched desert,
mcmtanyel (25608) 2014-05-16 20:41
When I saw your title associated with clock tower, I guessed it had to do with each face showing different time. Reading your note confirmed my guess. The composition is lovely, with the buildings on the street directing our gaze at the tower. Well saturated, brilliant colors and excellent DOF, just a delightful photo.
danos (100830) 2014-05-16 21:43
really impressive the view as the presentation of the bell tower of St. Annes church that must really the landmark of the town.The brilliant light and colou management enhance the beauty as the details of the scene.The informative note completes perfect the whole scene.
Have a great WE,Danos
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-16 21:47
beautiful image with a striking :) subject with excellent foreground leads. The magnificent clock tower stands out against the deep blue sky. The red doors and windows with the man half visible is a great plus for the composition.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-05-16 22:33
this is very interesting note which accompanies your picture. I have read it with real interest and what a shame photo can show only one side of the tower at the time :-)
I like the POV you chose and the angle you placed the street in the composition. It leads an eye naturally towards the main subject in the image. The person caught in the door frame adds a bit of life.
The colors have been well saturated and the sharpness well balanced.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-16 22:37
La hauteur de cette tour est très impressionnante et sa girouette-saumon très originale.
omid266 (6748) 2014-05-16 23:35
Dear my friend,
Thanks for your kindness about notes and critiques,
This is really an admirable shot with excellent frame,
very nice corner of this street,nice POV,
good clarity , very well made ,
All the BEST and Thanks!
Best times and wishes
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-05-16 23:42
Full of colors in this exclusive shot of the clock tower.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
emka (102562) 2014-05-17 0:24
Hello Noel, Nice view of this tower in a sunny day. Strange optical illusion with the time on the clock and a name ot the tower.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Indrasish (2943) 2014-05-17 0:35
Wonderful presentation.. I like your composition and vertical framing with this tower.. Also your sharp and detail photograph is very attractive.. Nice colors too.. It will be also good in BW mode.. And thanks for your informative note too.. very well done my friend..
Good afternoon and wish you all the best..
snunney (103215) 2014-05-17 2:36
Your point of view shows this tall clock tower to very good effect and sets it in context. You had the benefit of a good light and the lovely sky makes a superb backdrop to the whole. Love the detail to be observed in the stonework. Is it naturally grey/black or is the colour the result of weathering and possibly pollution?
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-17 2:50
well if the title of this one does not grab you, then the image does, it is stunning. Perfect clarity and detailing, but it is the enticing composition and glorious presence of this amazing clock tower that are the winners here. Looks amazing and presented beautifully. A real WOW! shot.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-17 4:03
A very interesting architectural study this! The clock tower looks so great and impressive due to the smartly managed composition taken with superb sense of depth. Like it! Well done.
Have a nice weekend!
Fis2 (102316) 2014-05-17 4:25
I like vertical frame and colors.
delpeoples (59184) 2014-05-17 6:53
Ciao dear Noel
What an intriguing title and I couldn't wait to get to the explanation, I had to skip down and then re-read your note in full. No flies on these Corkarians, what a great reason to name it like that. And I'm glad you told us, as I'd have trouble understanding a Cork man or woman telling me...wow that accent is something else! Anyway, good to see blue skies. The colours have been illuminated and contrasted beautifully. Excellent vertical frame and perspective. Thanks for sharing, have a happy Saturday!
marabu61 (11189) 2014-05-17 8:29
Interesting story to go with this impressive church tower. Nice how the street leads the eye towards the main subject. Also the man in the pub's door is a great add on in this composition.
have a great weekend
npecanhuk (75660) 2014-05-17 13:21
Very interesting and attractive urban environment & architectural details!
Very beautiful picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
mirosu (16273) 2014-05-18 0:51
Excellent vertical arrangement with superb view up to nice church clock tower. Very nice perspective showing also the adjacent houses in FG. Superb contrast against clear blue sky; and the shop owner (?) adds nice life to the scene.
Very well done my friend.
jemaflor (100107) 2014-05-18 0:59
well framed, intersting architecture, good vertical presentation, nice effect with the contrast oc colors between the blue and the red shop, tfs.
ourania (48740) 2014-05-19 7:53
a very interesting urban setting, such a rewarding picture thanks to the attractive subjects and perspectives, delightful sunshine, delicious colours and abundant details. I like very much how you combined the row of characteristic houses with the extraordinary landmark, they both say a lot about this place and its identity. Your note further enriches the visual experience and gives us the pleasant feeling that we have a quite good knowledge of this place now. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
abmdsudi (56302) 2014-05-19 8:02
A great image of a characterful tower with its mass of detail! This is a very imposing taken from equally impressive shooting point, depth and perspective which makes the jutting structure look massive and inclusion of the stunning red does make a nice little frame in the corner and lends good visual interest. The colors are sumptuous throughout, pleasantly exposed to the best and lovely shadow play. Wonderful shot guided by your excellent foreword. Great catch, TFS
rogerl (1620) 2014-05-20 6:07
Noel, that was a very interesting and informative note. Thanks. The photo is lovely; nicely framed with the shopfronts on the left (particularly the deep red entranceway). The wires, as always, are unfortunate, but that can't be helped. I particularly like the vertical perspective, emphasizing the height of the tower and its relation to the rest of the town. Thanks.
mkamionka (39137) 2014-05-22 8:17
this lovely church I do have in my TE collection (click here to see it). For the first time I see such close and yet showing it all presentation. Really well done with great detail and also context of the lovely little houses. You had a fantastic weather as well which produced pleasant well saturated colors.
Very well done!
Royaldevon (40990) 2014-05-24 8:53
I was intrigued by the title and had to know more! It is an interesting story.
There is a lot to enjoy in this shot from the good lead lines to the well positioned focal tower, the details of which are pin sharp.
I'm sure we would all like to know more about the guy in the doorway ... maybe he will be the subject of a later shot!
Do you have PS or PSE?
It is possible to correct the distortion of buildings using 'image', 'transform' 'distort'.
If you are not sure email me.
Have a great w/e,
chawax (20758) 2014-05-25 7:09
I heard about this four faced liar but never heard about your "scientific" explanation, so very interesting note. Well, if I understand well it means this tower is not really a liar ! Good POV with a unusual blue irish sky.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-05-26 22:40
Hi Noel - What a lot of TE posts I have to catch up with after my hols. This one of yours stands out, it is such a great reminder of Ireland with the red painted pub with its typical doors and windows taking me right back to our visit. The church tower dominates the street and I like the way you have managed to emphasise the height of the tower. The blue sky makes an un-Irish addition!!!
Hope all is well
Matyas (0) 2015-11-07 3:58
Hello Noel! Amazing vertical shot. Fine format. Good cut and frame. Superb composition, nice colours, ideal contrast and sharpness. Well done!