DOMES OF SAN MARCO Photographed: July 3,2007
There had been an earlier basilica at the site presently occupied by Basilica of San Marco, but it was destroyed in a fire in AD 976 when a popular revolt took place against the ruler, Doge, Pietro Candiano IV. Candianos successor, Dominico Contanini, authorized the building of the present basilica. Contanini, however, died in AD 1070, just a year before the completion of the edifice. In the early years of the church, the remains of the Apostle, Saint Mark, were smuggled out of Egypt and brought to the Basilica of San Marco, rendering it the second most important reliquary after the Basilica of San Pietro in Rome.
The floor plan of San Marco is that of a Greek Cross, with four equal arms, with the building crowned with five hemispherical domes. In the millennium since its construction untold riches were brought in, and new commissions for artwork offered. In 1204 Constantinople (modern Istanbul) fell to the friendly forces of the Fourth Crusade. This army had set out to retake the Holy Lands from the Muslims but got sidetracked, settling in Constantinople instead. The sack of the city led to the seizure of priceless classical treasures, including the four gilded horses now at St. Marks Cathedral in Venice.
The basilicas famous 98-meter bell tower, the Campanile, which stands separately from the church itself, was originally begun under the Doge Pietro Tribuno in the 10th century, and modified to resemble its present appearance in16th century. In the early 17th century Galileo Galilei, constructed a telescope (using the design of the Dutch inventor of the telescope, Han Lippershey) and took his apparatus to the top of the tower. From there he could spot merchant ships approaching Venice long before people could see them with the naked eye. He earned money in this enterprise, and used it to fund his research in physics.
But in 1902 the original tower collapsed, the only known casualties a few hapless cats. By 1912, however, the tower had been rebuilt on the original site. Shortly before noon on July 3, 2007 I rode an elevator to the observation level of the tower and took photos from top, among them the photo of the domes of San Marco. The photo is a bit reminiscent of the photo, Kubbeler by Ahmet Sahin (temha).
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
Nikon D-70, UV-haze filter, tripod.
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happypoppeye (4819) 2007-08-03 16:54
Great shot from the Campanile Bulent. When I was there they were working on the roof of St. Mark's. You just couldn't tell unless you up in the belltower. Nice composition and colors. A great site to see really.
A little bit of history that I know - The four horses, I believe, were actually in Paris for many years until the fall of Napolean at which time they were returned to Venice. The horses are actually now in the upper level of St. mark's and the one's outside are just replica's...just an interesting little piece of the puzzle...if I'm not mistaken, going by memory though.
Anyway, great photo. Venice has to be one of the most photogenic cities in the world.
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-08-03 17:26
Bulent, greatversion of this shot. Too often the shots from there are wide, this one has great detail and I love it, Color and all the rest of the echnical stuff is great but the pov really sets this one apart. Wll seen.
jwmunro (286) 2007-08-03 17:55
Hello Bulent -
This is a different image of Venice. I don't think I have ever seen the roof of St. Mark's. Even though the scene is at high sun you have handled the harsh light very well. Well done!
Thank you for sharing.
MLINES (12516) 2007-08-03 19:28
Hi Bulent. An unusual but revealing view of these domes from above. An amazing detailed note about the history of the site in your usual clear way of getting the message across. TFS. Murray. PS appreciate your comment on Macau.
brandstaetter (15915) 2007-08-03 23:30
Fascinating city, fascinating photograph... the domes are very well placed. Thanks also for your comment. Best regards from Austria, Chris
meltemi (0) 2007-08-03 23:33
this photo from you is excellent in contrast and color, in sharpness and details, in composition and feeling, that helps a lot to spot attention to all those details. I'm impressed! The perspective is great: the domes are huge and the red roofs are very small in comparison. Excellent note again, very complete and useful. An excellent and impressive picture.
kdialyna (3148) 2007-08-04 0:28
The wonderful warm colors and the impressive domes gives to your photo this special Italian touch which makes you to feel you are ithere and nowhere else.
A really superb picture from you Bulent with very good details and excellent POV.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-08-04 0:31
That is a very different POV of San Marco. I think it is the first time I see it from above. Your composition is good but the framing looks a bit tight on top. The colours are excellent and I also like the contrast between the basilica roof and the houses around. Well done
delic (6735) 2007-08-04 0:43
An unusual pov from the campanile. The domes from crossing diagonals from this angle. There seems to be some ongoing renovation in the back, a continual process. I was going to say it was worth the climb, but I see they have built an elevator. Well captured. Regards,
rushfan2112 (2965) 2007-08-04 1:05
Hi Bulent, great and unusual view of this scene. It's incredible to think how much time, energy and money has been expended on things like this over the centuries. The photo looks a shade dark. Perhaps turn the contrast and brightness up a fraction? Otherwise - yet another masterpiece! Regards, Paul.
snunney (88982) 2007-08-04 1:07
A splendid composition of these famous domes with an out of the ordinary viewpoint that sets it apart. Very good tones and clarity.
Doraemon (577) 2007-08-04 1:16
What an impressive architecture shot. For those like me, who have never been in Venice, this picture is very informative (and your note too) since it is not a common view (with gondola) of Venice. It is a bit sade that the dome in the middle is cropped on the top.
Anyway, I like this shot because of : the POV, the way the roofs fill in the frame and the guy working on the Dome in the bottom right side. Good one !
hatti52 (12786) 2007-08-04 2:07
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Harika bir yerden bakarak tum kulelerin dagonal gorme sansini elde etmissiniz.
renk ve ayrintilar cok hos
Ertan (2988) 2007-08-04 3:02
Merhaba Bülent Abi
Kadrajta simetri bir şekilde dizilmiş kubbeleri iyi bakış noktasından yakalamışsın.Net ve temiz fotoğraf ayrıca detaylar mükemmel.Eline sağlık
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-08-04 4:52
Ola meu amigo
Fantastico o telhado da Basilica de São Marcos, que arquitectura interessante , gostei dos telhados vermelhos e das cores , e um belo ponto de vista , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Burberry1 (6041) 2007-08-04 7:41
Wonderful and very original photo!!
Great POV and idea.
mesutilgim (88484) 2007-08-04 13:47
Muhteşem bir kare. Harika renkler ve çok iyi bir kompozisyon. Kubbelere bakarken, Ayasofyadan yütütülen "Quadriga" yı görür gibi oldum. Açıklamaların da herzamanki gibi müthiş. Tam bir TE çalışması. Bu siteye devamlı gün batımı göndeenlere ithaf olunur.
İyi bir hafta sonu dileği, selam ve sevgilerimle.
syd1946 (18663) 2007-08-04 14:16
I like very much your idea to the shot and composed the image from this point.We can see a different view of this part of Venice.Very interesting with so nice lighting adding to the atmosphere.And very informative note,thanks for this!
Have a very nice weekend,
Cretense (68695) 2007-08-04 14:27
I have never seen similar photo from Venice! This is a unique and spectacular POV! Great composition and framing and very impressive colours. Congratulations!
With my warmest regards,
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-08-04 21:33
Lovely repeating patterns created by the domes and the roofs ... very interesting POV. The color and image quality is very good while the overall contrast is outstanding. Well captured and composed. Excellent work! tfs
manada (6239) 2007-08-05 0:34
Impressive image from a POV never seen before.
Rich in details and nice contrasted your shot looks in the same way like the Dome looks the city of Venice. Good effect.
Have a nice sunday
TopGeo (38208) 2007-08-05 1:04
That is a very different POV of San Marco.The colours are excellent and I also like the contrast between of the roof church and the houses back. Wonderful job of getting so much of good history note,bravo,,Thanks
jhm (143445) 2007-08-05 4:05
Hello dear Bulent,
Your used a tripod and the result is very nice.
A excellent angle so we can all the domes with the cross see.
Also you note is very time of inestimable value.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
danos (89887) 2007-08-05 6:03
welcome to TE again.I think that your vacations in Italy to were excellent.Very nice the perspective and the POV of the domes of San Marco.I like the angle of your capture and the superb colours and light.The sharpness and the whole composition is simply marvellous.Very informative your note too.Well done Bulent.
feather (51130) 2007-08-05 7:05
It is increasingly difficult to show something new from Venice, but you have managed just that - a view from above. I can imagine it was a bit of a squeeze to get all the domes to fit into the frame, but you have managed that well. I can "see" the floorplan in the shape of the cross by looking from above.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-08-05 7:32
lovely perspective here thanks to the well chosen POV, good details and effective composition! all topped up by your informative note, of course!
well seen and crafted!
ps: i completely agree regarding the temptations of italian cooking :) - hard to resist in all its aspects :)
Steft (5975) 2007-08-05 13:52
What a great shot! I like the repetition of shapes of the domes here here. You didn't get any sky on the photo here, which made the composition much stronger. Also colours (only brownish/green) makes the composition very strong.
nivaldo (15415) 2007-08-05 20:15
The Campanille ( O Campanário !)...
There is such a beautiful view to the Venezian Laguna on the other side of it!
Nice domes Bulent but I´d rather to see the other side, my friend! The Gondolas, the Vaporettos, and la Salute Dome(opposite side)!
A good informative note, anyway!
gunbud (34066) 2007-08-05 20:50
Wonderful placement of the ancient domes that allows a clear view of the famous city. The details of this magnificent structure are exceptionally sharp and the colors ture and clear. As usual a wonderfully informative note and welcome back.
carper (96) 2007-08-05 21:54
a very fine one Bulent,
the pov is very nice and the quality is good, the pov is very interesting and not easy, you made a good phot of it with a great note again, good photojob my friend.
Graal (99776) 2007-08-05 23:21
interesting view and informations. Unusual domes, greatold architecture. You had good POV. Beautiful trip. I like it. Well done photo.
salvator (19102) 2007-08-06 1:20
Hello Bulent Bey,
When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought... Istanbul. Very nicelyt composed with a superb pov. The details, sharopness and colors are superb.
Best personal regards. Salvator.
mbasil (2129) 2007-08-06 9:15
Ah, the view from the campanile! Well recorded. I am glad to see your information matches up with mine on the horses.
P.S. It looks liek we were in Venice at the same time!
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-08-06 9:39
Interesting capture of these domes. Good quality and light. Nice note of course.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-08-06 11:27
Nice view of the domes from the Campanile. Very nice colors and details. Good sharpness. Excelent note too.
Greetings from Brasil
Leo71538 (555) 2007-08-06 12:16
We have so many mosques and holy places here in Iran but had Never seen so many big domes near to eachother. TFS
paura (47166) 2007-08-06 17:14
Very interesting this domes composition. The POV is very nice and the architecture details very beautiful.
berek (42912) 2007-08-07 1:39
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Kubbelerin tekrar eden görüntüsü ve mümarileri harika. güzel açın ve sonuç . ellerinize sağlık. selamlar.
AyseGurel (574) 2007-08-07 10:55
her kareniz gibi bu da çok farklı..
bir an için Türkiye'den bir kare gibi hissettiriyor.
note:yazdığınız tüm detaylı notelar için ayrıca çok ama çok teşekkürler.
bostankorkulugu (42206) 2007-08-07 16:43
merhaba bülent bey... kubbeler göz alıcı, bakış açınız da öyle... hep meydandan çekilmiş karelere alışkın gözler için hoş bir lezzet farkı... elinize sağlık sevgili profesör, ve çok teşekkürler kuzey ile ilgili zarif mailiniz için :)...
Angshu (56462) 2007-08-08 0:57
Hello Professor "A"
A great shot from the Campanile. Not only is it different from other San Marco shots I've seen, but well executed. The contrast between the grey roofs & the red houses & tiled roofs looks great. A bit tight at the top, I wish you framed it a wee bit down. A superb note as always, great to read & learn.
With warmest Regards
john_c (24666) 2007-08-08 7:37
A remarkable array of domes captured from an amazing POV. I agree with John Munro that you handled the light here very well. The exposure level is just right and your cropping is tastefully executed. Such an original view of the city. Cheers.
sothy81 (9582) 2007-08-08 21:51
Very interesting shot. It is very nice to see all the domes there spreading around the area. A very nice architural shot. Well done.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-08-11 19:00
Hello Bülent - very nice overview, maybe I would add a touch more sharpness and brightness, the weathered domes look charming.
I got your message regarding the Amboise photos, sorry for the late reply, I had a difficult week at work. I have a few others in addition to the one with the ducks, I can send you low-res files of the rest next week, you can decide which one, if any, you want your friend to use for his project.
isabela_sor (47724) 2007-08-13 3:53
We are there up with you!This makes the difference in a good picture,seeing what the photographer wants to show, feel the same...The image combined with this your note make this picture a real documentary shot
alvaraalto (6177) 2007-08-14 14:09
Lovely picture of these five domes. You can often make the most interesting pictures of roofs. Maybe it is so attractive for we dont see the world very often from above. But if I have the change and time I climb to a tower to look down at the city.
jmcl (14535) 2007-08-15 16:03
I love the composition looking down from this tranquil symmetry into the cluttered chaos beyond and below .. I love the gentle tones on such a powerful structure .. the image seems a little soft to me . .but wonderful ...
noborders (1010) 2007-08-16 9:59
A great POV and a lovely photo of one of the most wonderful cıtıes of the world...
xramm (1831) 2007-08-17 4:17
merhaba Bulent bey,
Cok guzel bir kare, kubbelerin grafisini begendim.Elinize saglik.
bu arada tesadufen TR ile ilgili bu forumu okudunuzmu ?
fkokol (1636) 2007-08-20 15:08
Venedik'i sizin gozunuzle tekrar kesfediyoruz. Degisik bakis acisiyla, cok guzel bir kompozisyon yakalamissiniz. ellerinize saglik,
EOSF1 (1944) 2007-09-03 12:40
Hello Bulent, good picture of the domes ! Very good POV and great composition. Well done !
jemaflor (88767) 2007-09-09 1:18
Very good pov, a shot well balanced, well done and tfs.
P-S-I-G (25536) 2007-09-12 11:05
I see your gallery for the first time, waow ! What a gallery !
Here, great POV. I like this domes very much. Very good photo.
faubry (35405) 2007-09-17 1:40
wonderful idee take roofs...very nice composition,different image from Venice, really i like;
Yffic (6106) 2007-09-19 1:17
A nice shot od the Campanile.
the POV is really well choosen.
The comosition is good with these multiples domes.
Colors are for me a bit undersaturated.
smarcell (19963) 2010-05-21 15:59
I have been to Venice several time, but always in a one-day tour. So I ended-up to see always the same things. San Marco square, and the surrounding area. I had never been on the tower. I should go. I am sure there are many good subjects from there !
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36719)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-03
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D-70, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm UV haze
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 16:34