This is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the largest church in Rome. Dedicated to Santa Maria, Mother Mary, this is one of the many dedicated to her. The others in Rome being Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Santa Maria in Aracoeli, all of which I have previously posted here on TE.
You can usually tell if a church is dedicated to Mary by the predominance of blue in the ceiling and nave. Most statues of St Mary show her clothed in blue robes.
A church has been on this site since at least 352AD, and was probably the site of a temple for many centuries prior. The building we see today was completed around 432-440AD. The ceiling, walls, floors, internal mosaics and works of art are truly something to behold.
I took this photo during a TE Mini Meeting with Valter (Bayno), Giorgio (Clementi), Vinicio (Vinicio), Salvatore (Orfino) and Emilio. What a wonderful day it was too.
Canon 5D MkII
24mm using 24-105mm lens
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photoray (11855) 2014-06-25 7:32
Howdy Madonna Lisa,
Interesting perspective, showcasing the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore's beautiful marble columns, upper ornate arches, paintings, artworks and the geometric ceiling, all in a warm golden glow.
A fine showcase for eternal Rome,
emka (77630) 2014-06-25 9:09
Ciao Lisa, I am sure it was marvelous day with Valter, Giorgio, Vinicio, Salvo and Emilio. Splnded photlo of this flat ceiling. When I was in Rome last year, I stayed very close to this basilica. I like it very much and visited every day. Excellent composition with columns and mosaic in abside. Nice meories from Eternal City.
WArm regards MAlgo
Silvio1953 (120804) 2014-06-25 9:18
Ciao Lisa, insolita la scelta di premiare il soffitto barocco della splendida basilica, ma fotograficamente funziona, fantastica prospettiva, ottima nitidezza e magnifica esposizione, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
SnapRJW (30915) 2014-06-25 9:40
I was impressed with the interiors of the churches in Italy Lisa... used to the more discretely decorated Church of England interiors I found them flamboyant and fascinating to explore. Not having much experience of the Catholic faith, I saw marked differences in doctrine and I noted the large number of saints which were honoured and depicted. Mary of course being the primary one. The ceiling in this church is richly decorated and beautiful with the combination of blue, gold and maroon. My mind boggles at the work and craftsmanship that goes into maintaining such places.
Difficult light ...such a pity tripods are not allowed in most of the churches, but still a shot with good detail and colours.
Noel_Byrne (23380) 2014-06-25 13:07
This is a stunning place and you have achieved such perfect symettry while at the same time having an awesome contrast of light and shadow from one side to the other. You really captured the sense of space and awe inspiring loveliness here. if loveliness is a word that is. I only learned recently about the proliferation of blue in churches dedicated to Our Lady, a good thing to know for an architectural fan!
Your title made me laugh too, that film name summons up images very different to the Madonnas with child. Beautiful shot, and cool note.
Thanks as always, hope you are having a cool week.
carlo62 (31576) 2014-06-25 14:20
una giornata sicuramente interessante, in ottima compagnia e....a Roma, dove ogni più piccolo angolo è una meraviglia.
Hai inquadrato il soffitto in modo molto originale, tagliando quasi completamente il colonnato, ma il risultato è eccellente, hai creato una gran bella prospettiva.
pili51 (1379) 2014-06-25 16:16
Hola dear Lisa,
You have captured all the majesty that these places evoke.
The perspective and depth are sensational, this a definite three-dimensional quality. I like the light and the golden hues too. An exquisite photo of an exquisite treasure.
Warmest wishes of BCN
jjcordier (75756) 2014-06-25 22:53
La lumière n'est pas facile à gérer dans ce genre d'endroit! Tu as bien mis en évidence ici la beauté du plafond.
timecapturer (48130) 2014-06-26 1:49
one thing that always impresses me with Canon cameras is the quality of images at high ISO. My Sony camera struggles with ISO set above 800! This beautiful image is a case in point. No noise to speak of and exquisite clarity which makes this image both impressive and beautiful. Heck! I know it also takes an accomplished lens woman like yourself to make it magical too! Applause!
Regards - B.
snunney (82683) 2014-06-26 2:26
As in many churches the lighting was not easy, but you have managed it very well on the whole. We certainly get more than a flavour for the sumptuous decoration. I like the point of view and the long perspective accentuated by the repeating motifs in the ceiling decoration.
abmdsudi (42754) 2014-06-26 3:28
Amazing capture and its history! showing us just how beautiful this place is and the intricate detail appeals most to me - it screams quality! Love the perspective, the pleasant exposure, feel of space and the way the image flows so smoothly into the whole depth with all the repeat verticals and diagonals offset by the wonderful dappled soft warm light. Thks to your painstaking camera work in producing a great interior shot and you've done the Basilica proud. A place of peace and solace so finely presented, Congrats :)
Sergiom (58870) 2014-06-26 5:52
You had more succes that I did with that superb ceiling. Your perspective is perfect and the light management accordingly.All the details are there. Very well done.
Have a nice day
tyro (20090) 2014-06-29 11:48
Ciao cara Lisa,
An interesting note and I remember your telling me before that places to do with Mary are usually coloured blue - but is that Mary or Mary's mum, Mary? Or both? Also, I didn't realise that Mary's mother was so revered by the Catholic church - I doubt if many protestants have ever actually heard of her. And, of course, the other thing about your note is that you refer to Valter (Bayno) and he's one of my favourites though I don't seem to have seen much of him around here for the last few months.
This is a magnificent edifice and your photograph has captured its huge scale, its majesty and the glorious decor within it perfectly. And you have managed the poor light extremely well and, despite an ISO of 2000, I see little or no noise even at its "proper" size of 1200 x 800 pixels.
macjake (55664) 2014-06-29 12:07
when traveling to Europe, these shots are available almost everywhere!
they're fun to take and often come out quite well.
interesting note about the blue colors of Mary, I didn't know about that.
no banana hammocks, no man-bladers, no funny alcohol stories, just a beautiful compo of perspective lines looking up :) nothing to complain about here!
I guess its Monday already in Sydney, have a great one
siudzi (33083) 2014-07-05 1:20
Simply amazing interior capture! The basilica looks so special under such a strong combination of lighted and shadowed parts. Fantastic visual effect was achieved due to the perfectly executed perspective. Bravo!
ChrisJ (96846) 2014-07-15 2:35
Superb use of diminishing linear perspective and with the icon of Mary perfectly positioned over the vanishing point. Nice repetition of the arches and ornate decorations with well managed lens barrel distortion from the wide angled lens. Verticals have been wisely centred. Tfs!
adores (36329) 2014-07-16 17:17
This is really beautiful and richly decorated! I like the pov and the sense of depth. So many details to see here!