The clock tower of the Sint Janskerk (St John's Church) is one of the most striking pieces of architecture in a town where stunning pieces of architecture abound.
Named after St.John the Baptist, the church was originally built as a baptistery for the St.Servaas Chapter of Maastricht. In 1633, after a period in which it functioned as an autonomous parish church, it came into the possession of the Dutch Reformed Church, established in 1632. This as a result of the capture of Maastricht from the Spanish army in 1632 by the troops of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands under the command of Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange. After the establishment of a state-church, i.e. the Dutch Reformed Church, all catholic churches had become protestant in the regions already conquered.
The Prince Bishop of Liège, the Duke of Brabant and Prince Frederik Hendrik agreed that in Maastricht in principle only smaller chapels should be handed over to the protestants. The bigger churches remained catholic, which was exceptional from a national point of view. However, already in 1633 the protestant chapels proved to be too small and after new discussions two churches, one of which was St.John's, came into the possession of the protestants. The first service of the Dutch Reformed Church took place on the 1st of January, 1634.
In the Middle Ages the church was painted red. The Canons of St. Servaas', who commissioned the building of the church, had all their property painted red in order to indicate their ownership. The paint was made from a mixture of marl and bog ore found in the marlpits. Grinding and burning yielded the base material for the paint: an oxblood coloured powder.
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PaulVDV (20233) 2011-03-24 4:20
Very beautiful capture of this Gothic church.
The red tower is quite distinctive and because of this remarkable colour it differs greatly from the rest of the church. With that beautiful blue sky as backdrop the tower is even more striking in the urban landscape of Maastricht.
Good inclusion of the biker.
Best regards, Paul
prasun984 (5590) 2011-03-24 6:29
very nice composition with low angle POV...nice colour contrast & exposoure value...gd sharpness also...
npecanhuk (60224) 2011-03-24 6:58
Attractive picture with welcome distortion!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format and composition are all great!
TFS - congrats,
timecapturer (44493) 2011-03-24 7:52
a superb POV and composition that brings out all the majesty and beauty of this fascinating place. Superb light management with excellently controlled shadows. Highly detailed and sharp, all makes for an impressive image. Well done!
peppe59 (14551) 2011-03-24 10:00
very nice light on this interesting distortion of the lens, a great job.
ciakgiak (30405) 2011-03-24 14:44
la forte distorsione prospettica ha creato un'effetto impressionante, perfetto per questo tipo di immagini che altrimenti risulterebbero troppo statiche.
Molto belli i colori e la luce, la qualità è eccellente.
Un caro saluto
williewhistler (12122) 2011-03-24 14:49
Hello Hemant,you have captured the colours and texture of the buildings very well,the cyclist adds a nice touch.
I have done a WS to uprighten the towers.
Best regards Les
vasilpro (40701) 2011-03-26 14:31
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, beautiful church with interesting architectural details, lovely light and colors, very good contrast.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
abmdsudi (38878) 2011-03-28 0:48
This is an excellent shot from an impressive POV, very nice deep blue sky and some strong contrasting colours in fine side lighting. The effect of ultra wide lens makes the church building looks taller with dramatic converging verticals and the off-setting of the spire is nicely balanced by the receding wall on the left. well timely shot with the lone cyclist leads
the viewers eye into the scene. A fine colourful and well exposed record shot of an interesting location. Well done. Congrats
Charo (51208) 2011-04-08 15:10
The pronounced "barrel effect" gives uniqueness to this image. I like that red tower contrasts with the rest of the architecture.
Superb detail and color.
- Copyright: Hemant Buch (hemantbuch) (1649)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-18
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-24 2:48