The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław, (Polish: Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela, German: Breslauer Dom, Kathedrale St. Johannes des Täufers), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wrocław and a landmark of the city of Wrocław in Poland. The cathedral, located in the Ostrów Tumski district, is a Gothic church with Neo-Gothic additions. The current standing cathedral is the fourth church to have been built on the site.
A first church at the location of the present cathedral was built under Přemyslid rule in the mid 10th century, a fieldstone building with one nave about 25 m (82 ft) in length, including a distinctive transept and an apse. After the Polish conquest of Silesia and the founding of the Wrocław diocese under the Piast duke Bolesław I Chrobry about 1000, this Bohemian church was replaced by a larger basilical structure with three naves, a crypt, and towers on its eastern side. The first cathedral was however soon destroyed, probably by the invading troops of Duke Bretislaus of Bohemia around 1039. A larger, Romanesque-style church was soon built in its place in the times of Duke Casimir I, and expanded similar to Płock Cathedral on the behest of Bishop Walter of Malonne in 1158.
After the end of the Mongol invasion, the church was again largely rebuilt in the present-day Brick Gothic style. It was the first building of the city to be made of brick when construction of the new choir and ambulatory started in 1244. The nave with sacristy and the basements of the prominent western steeples were added under Bishop Nanker until 1341.
Wrocław Cathedral, 18th century
On June 19, 1540, a fire destroyed the roof, which was restored 16 years later in Renaissance style. Another fire on June 9, 1759, burnt the towers, roof, sacristy, and quire. The damage was slowly repaired during the following 150 years. In the 19th century, Karl Lüdecke rebuilt the interior and western side in neogothic style. Further work was done at the beginning of the 20th century by Hugo Hartung, especially on the towers ruined during the 1759 fire.
The cathedral was almost entirely destroyed (about 70% of the construction) during the Siege of Breslau and heavy bombing by the Red Army in the last days of World War II. Parts of the interior fittings were saved and are now on display at the National Museum in Warsaw. The initial reconstruction of the church lasted until 1951, when it was reconsecrated by Archbishop Stefan Wyszyński. In the following years, additional aspects were rebuilt and renovated. The original, conical shape of the towers was restored only in 1991.
The cathedral holds the largest pipe organ in Poland built in 1913 by Walcker Orgelbau for the Centennial Hall, formerly the largest organ in the world
This information is from Wikipedia
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chrisvek (5505) 2012-09-13 19:55
Wonderful capture with ery nice composition.Great saturation amount and perfect colors.Also the lightning is perfect!
aliabazari (10105) 2012-09-13 21:52
This architecture is very beautiful and attractive, exposure and composition is excellent. I love the images with high color contrast, but the colors just are Ghosts.
rychem (9240) 2012-09-13 21:55
Czy byłaś na wieży? Winda tam jest tak samo historyczna jak katedra, a widok rozległy. Pięknie ujęłaś katedrę, z tej strony jest mniej gotycka
TopGeo (37994) 2012-09-13 23:33
Hi Barbara Great architecture photo, great, balanced framing and composition! Great light management, beautiful colours and sharpness!Beautiful atmospheric photo,very beautiful and attractive great daily life scene and great architecture photo at the same time! Great composition and framing, nice light management, beautiful colours!
jjcordier (62366) 2012-09-13 23:41
La vue de la façade arrière de la cathédrale est spectaculaire. Bon cadrage et très belles couleurs.
anokutan (15097) 2012-09-13 23:41
Great light management, beautiful colours and sharpness!Beautiful atmospheric photo.Great composition and framing, nice light management.
carlo62 (12636) 2012-09-14 0:03
splendida cattedrale, una bella inquadratura e dei bei colori ne sottolineano la bellezza architettonica.
cargus (6460) 2012-09-14 1:03
Une grande réussite, une bonne combinaison de contraste et de couleur, une scène merveilleuse architecture. Bien fait.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-14 2:08
a splendid photo of this amazing cathedral, the composition is very nice, great architectural details and the POV is very attractivr. Great shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-09-14 6:24
This Cathedral looking so beautiful. You did a great job here. Especially the vivid colors,contrast and lighting make the visual effect is so fabulous here. The central POV you chose make the Cathedral appears more majestic to us. Brilliant composition and the architecture is amazing.
Have a nice day,
Fis2 (73124) 2012-09-14 6:26
Z tej strony ciekawie wyglada katedra.
Ladny kadr ale znajac siebie bym wyprostowal troche ;)
Nicou (97775) 2012-09-14 6:27
quelle cathédrale, sueprbe très bien cadrée et centrée, avec de chaque côté un bord végétatif superbe iamge et cpatage ce toits légèrement vert avec l'occre sur la facade sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-14 7:09
The colors are stunning in a light well controlled. The framing makes spectacular architecture. I love the sharpness and detail. Bravo.
Have a nice day
COSTANTINO (42746) 2012-09-14 7:13
excellent capture of this amazing Cathedral
its vivid colors create an impressive composition
and its architectural details are worthseeing and valuable,
thanks for sharing with us such photos
have a nice weekend
eldancer1 (17088) 2012-09-14 9:15
I like the used of the trees to frame this beautiful cathedral. Great lighting and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors with good saturation. Well done, tfs.
cornejo (18116) 2012-09-14 9:35
Hello Barbara, nice photo of this lovely cathedral, very good shot from a good pov, excellent sharpness, good light and color. Nice and good job excellently done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
pajaran (36270) 2012-09-14 10:21
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Katedrali, i istorija ...
Lep pogled na Katedralu.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good article on the Cathedral, and the history of ...
Nice view of the Cathedral.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful architecture.
All the best for the weekend.
macjake (39235) 2012-09-14 11:19
haha....i remember this Cathdral very well!
but again, i didn't get this POV, i was more focused on getting closer shots.
you had a perfect day for it too, with lots of light and ambiance.
the green colors are very attractive, don't get to see that too often.
tedesse (22124) 2012-09-14 11:41
Wspanialy POV, super kolory i ostrosc pokazujace piekno katedry. Piekna praca.
fabbs99 (5499) 2012-09-14 11:55
Its a wonderful piece of architecture in vivid colors.The composition is excellent with the bluish sky and the greenery around the cathedral.Magnificent composition having perfect
sharpness and clarity.TFS.
kathryn_weir (1742) 2012-09-14 12:26
This is a very beautiful piece of architecture which you have captured with skill and artistry. The exposure, sharpness and framing , all excellent. The framing using the greenery and trees helps to focus the attention on the striking colours of the beautiful cathedral.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend
Alco (4637) 2012-09-14 22:34
That cathedral has a superb architecture.I like very mutch its contrasting colors.Great composition with the trees on both sides of your picture.Magnificent colors and great sharpness.Very well done.
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (37378) 2012-09-15 2:59
Fine facade view on the Cathedral, Barbara.
Colors contrast, light and clarity are notable on the image.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (98217) 2012-09-15 3:31
Ciao Barbara, great view of fantastic church, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
bbarna (217) 2012-09-15 5:29
Beatiful picture. Congratulation.
delpeoples (45006) 2012-09-15 21:54
Witaj dear Barb
An impressive cathedral, both inside and out. It's design reminds me almost of a fairt castle or something you might see at Hogwarts in Harry Potter. The colours, the perspective and the way you composed it are all top quality. Nice work, thanks for sharing.
mkamionka (24559) 2012-09-16 13:17
a to niesamowite! oczywiscie widzialem te katedre tyle razy od przodu ale nigdy z tylu i okazuje sie ze jest nie mniej piekna. Wspanialy pomysl, naprawde oryginaly punkt widzenia i nawet ja ktory tyle razy bylem we Wroclawiu mogle sie czegos zupelnie nowego z tego zdjecia dowiedziec.
Piekne kolory, ladne obramowanie roslinnoscia,
dale54 (4932) 2012-09-16 14:59
barbara hello,soooo nice of a building!love the color in this,and great note!simply beautifull! dr
Bluejeans (64239) 2012-09-18 5:42
Ola Barbara ,
Bom plano de visão frontal desta catedral , gostei dos detalhes de arquitetura e do contraste entre as paredes e os telhados , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
s_lush (15592) 2012-09-23 0:01
A very well designed cathedral. It has been captured by you with excellent composition, vivid colors and perfect quality. A very good job!
fotka (2320) 2012-10-02 4:08
Widze ze odwiedzilas Polske tego lata poniewaz seria ladnych zdjec z Wroclawia.
Ciekawe, nietypowe pakazanie katedry wroclawskiej od tylniej strony. Wiekszosc zdjec ktore widzialem byly robione z frontu. Sliczna architektura okresu Renesansu.
Dobra kompozycja zdjecia a drzewa po obu stronach sa jak obramowanie tej fotki. Swietne kolory, swiatlo oraz ostrosc. Ciekawa notatka.
jmdias (45820) 2012-10-15 17:36
the shapes of this cathedral aren't usual. I liked the shapes and colors here. excellent framing using the branches. special light and sharpness.TFS.
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (28375)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-13
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 19:40