Churches and abbeys were something we saw many of when visiting Italy. In fact, we commented on how actively the population attended church and how much life still appeared to be governed by the church calendar and faith.
Of all the many churches we visited, the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Benedictine monastery is one that I remember above all others. Situated in a picture-perfect setting about 10 km south of Montalcino, just below the medieval hamlet of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. The architecture and simple, un-adorned interior is beautiful.
It’s one of the most important examples of monastic architecture of the 13th century and by far the most important Romanesque building in southern Tuscany. The church was built around year 1100 and took the place of an older 9th century abbey. Only a few parts of the first abbey are left
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siudzi (34141) 2014-07-13 0:38
Indeed, the church looks amazing placed so perfectly and surrounded by the beautiful nature. Like your capture a lot! Elegant composition smartly cropped made the scene so unique and stunning. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (39741) 2014-07-13 1:15
il paesaggio senese è particolarmente bello e vedo che ne sei rimasta affascinata anche tu.
Mi piace come hai inquadrato la foto, hai messo in competizione il cipresso con la torre e hai lasciato lo spazio per vedere anche il contesto.
Stavo osservando quanti olivi giovani che vi sono, uno solo è vecchio, ma questo è molto vecchio.
lousat (83568) 2014-07-13 1:18
Hi Rosemary,magnificent capture of this piece of art and example of old italian architechtures,i like a lot the decentralized composition showing us the garden on the left too,peacefull scenery and the usual excellent quality.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
fds (9028) 2014-07-13 1:25
dear friend a fantastic vision of the sant'antimo abbaye with great colors i visit this on august 2010 fantastic place great
holmertz (45936) 2014-07-13 1:45
It's stunning to see such impressive and elegant architecture in this lush green countryside. I like the distinct colors of this photo and the contrasts between grey, green and blue. The abbey and the hill balance each other well.
Royaldevon (33837) 2014-07-13 2:58
You are right, we noted how churches have maintained their importance in Tuscany!
Besides capturing the very understated beauty of this monastery, I love how you have linked it so carefully with the land, on which it is dependent.
Have a great day,
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-07-13 3:23
another nice shot from Tuscany. The rural area with some picturesque looking architecture makes makes very appealing photo and I like the way you composed all the elements. Very pretty and natural colors, good clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
snunney (90798) 2014-07-13 3:36
A very effective composition with the church placed to one side and shown in its verdant surroundings. Very well presented with good light colours and sharpness.
To answer your question about high ISOs and noise, I do nothing as regards correcting this in the pp work. Instead I rely on the camera software; I believe Canon has one of the best in this respect. I wish you a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-13 4:05
This is a well captured image taken from a nice POV. The off center placement of the church works well here creating a nice sense of direction for the shot. The lighting and color is great as is the sharpness and detail.
marabu61 (9707) 2014-07-13 5:04
Beautiful and impressive church in a very pleasant setting here. The greenery is lovely and the church has some interesting features.
The only thing that bothers me slightly is the tall pine tree obscuring the bellower of the church. I don't know if it would have been better to move a few paces to the right or left in order to free the view on the tower?
have a great sunday
Sergiom (68708) 2014-07-13 5:50
Tu sembles avoir fait un bien beau voyage en Italie. Pas à dire la Toscane est vraiment spectaculaire surtout lorsqu'il fait beau. Tu as bien situé cette belle église dans le paysage environnant.
Noel_Byrne (27752) 2014-07-13 6:14
This is a beautiful old abbey, and I would never have thought it to be so old, the detail in the arches of the windows, the beautiful curves Of what I guess is an axial chapel and eye skilled stonework throughout, an impressive testament to the workers of the day. One of the reasons I love this site do much is scenes like this, and how we can see such huge differences in styles and skills from around the world in these ancient times.
You placed the buildings beautifully in the frame too, it seems to be arching out over the landscape around it, and what a landscape it is. Rich greens agains this soft blue. What make this special for me is that by the size of the building, I would expect to find it in a large town of city, not set in this peaceful land. Very nicely done, and great note. Thank you!
dekanski (4314) 2014-07-13 10:07
as you follow my last year trip through Tuscany. But your photos are much "greener".
Does my screen is not OK (?), but few of your last photos are a little too dark. Glorious POV, from the parking lot or near it, if I remember correctly.
saxo042 (37724) 2014-07-13 11:52
Beautiful architecture and a beautiful picture. A very attractive view with very pleasant colours.
mirosu (15386) 2014-07-14 5:43
Excellent view up to beautiful church. So typical for many similar churches in fabulous Italy. The church is in superb light & clarity.
Excellent arrangement with the trees around and the nice blue sky in background. I'm sure that you have enjoyed travelling in this beautiful country.
jjcordier (79275) 2014-07-14 13:42
Très belle photo de cette belle abbaye bénédictine toscane. Jolie composition décentrée.
photoray (13719) 2014-07-15 8:20
Excellent view of the Abbey of Saint Antimo, an immense medieval monastery, with no ornate decorations, but very impressive architecture, certainly well designed and built to last all these centuries.
And a bonus, a rural green landscape surrounding rather than dense civilization.
emka (87538) 2014-07-23 7:29
Hello Rosemary, You visited many interesting places off the beaten truck. Marvelous Romanesque church and with these bell tower and cypress it looks so typical Italian. And how strange it is just in nature, away of village or town. Nice olive trees, looking old.
In Poland there are more churches, specially I see nowhere so many new churches (usually very ugly) and population attend it very active, it is maybe not so bad, but church wants to govern all the life, not only of believers. I think, that in much more extent than in traditional catholic countries like Italy and Spain.
Warm regrads Malgo