This picture has been taken today during a visit to Corbii de Piatra Monastery at 55 km away from my home.
The rupestral church Corbii de Piatra known with good reason an enigma, won't allow you to discover it, so you have to go and see it, to pay astonishment tribute in front of it's beauty. Embeded in stone, hidden as a cave in the mountain's wall, it doesn't resemble anything: neither the rupestral cells from Bozioru, nor the cave from Namaiesti, nothing. The earliest dating of the rupestral church, as an orthodox dwelling creed, date from the end of the II nd century A.D., when it is believed thet the church was perfectly adapted for those times of persecutions,beeing well hidden, having no connection with the outside, except for a small door towards North, which was well hidden and it could be entered only on all fours. The monastery's diptych mentions as it's first founder Voivode Basarab the I st, but the villagers go far earlier,talking about a certain Voivode Harabo, during the XIII th century, or even Voivode Vlad, towards the end of the XI th century. The church, strangelly, but also beautifully keeps a great part of its paintig: Deisis, The Annunciation, Avraam's sacrifice, Christ's birth, Lord's meeting, Lazarus's resurection, Lord's Baptism, The Transfiguration, The Ascention, Archangel Gabriel, Military Saints, Jesus Emmanuel. The stylistic characteristics, the painting's quality, exclusivelly followed by Greek inscriptions, corroborated with documentary news, all allow the precise dating of this ensemble at the beginning of the XIV th century, reaveling "Corbii de Piatra" as the church with the oldest painting from our ountry.The rupestral ensemble from Corbii de Piatra is the final proof for the existence of some monastic centers of anachoretic type, long before the Muntenian church from the XIV th century was organized.On the 23 rd of June, 1512, nun Magdalina(known as Musa in her laic life), daughter and boyar's wife, hereditary landowner of the estate from Corbi, (re)establishes the monastery, acquiring by this,t he statut of a lordly monastery, also being the first documentary attested nunnery, in our country.Later on, in 1658, deacon Pvel of Alep, accompanies Father Patriarch Macarie of Antiochia in Wallachia, also visiting the stone church from Corbi, about which he leaves testimony that "it was a small, but beautiful church, where you could still see on walls, the traces of the old paintig and which was reopened following a holy hermit's vision."Corbii, caught between steep hills and valleys, is in fact the end of a world-a place from where start and finish all the roads which lead from Arges to Transilvania. The mountain has never separated, but it has been a secret way of passing, of connection, of harmony, a way of fraternity, through which the wandering Romanians from Jina came to Corbi at the beginning of the XVIII th century. They settled around the monastery, which, through years, made the Hesychasm loving monks look for their hearts'serenity, in the heart of the mountain, leaving the monastery to the new community. And soon after that the people left the church to become a victim of time, building a new one. Nearby, there is a blue house that belongs to Maria Vladescu, known as Mother Uta. The yard doesn't really look like a yard, but like a piece of heaven, with a lot of green-green grass, with a stream which treks the yard by the house, flowing down from the waterfall, through a huge stone cavity, a sort of stone scoop, which serves this woman instead of a fence and of shelter, just like a huge, stone tent. These are huge rocks, fell down in time immemorial, which lay spread all over; and high above, there is that water stream which flows down,scattering into thousands of translucent shivers. Maybe here, at the stone scoop's shelter, there used to be the famous crusaiders' training camp of Iancu Corvin, knights came from all over Europe to fight under the badge of the raven with the cross in its beak. Alexandru Odobescu - a researcher interested in "local antiquities"- being inspired by the local folklore, wrote down about the presence of another army around the monument, at the beginning of the XVIII th century, in a report from 1861: "At Corbi village,there is a dug in stone church, it is said that the mortal remains of Mihai Viteazul's army, were gathered up after the masacre from Turda."A history impassioned dicovered on one of the gritstone scoop's walls, a giant's leg, fixed in stone, with his heel standing out and with with the thigh lying in an endless rest.Now, the right arm, can also be seen, and the fallen head can be noticed on the tile's floor. 'The Giant' has been simplified by the villagers. A shaped in stone head can also be seen. Could it be a dinosaur? Maybe.Or maybe it's Spielberg's E.T. Each person's imagination should decide.
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mauro61 (52545) 2012-04-29 11:28
buona la resa della foto con la chiesa incastonata nella roccia.
Il FG con il verde aumenta la luminositŕ dell'immagine.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-04-29 12:07
A lovely cave church with white painting. Excellent color contrast. Well lit with sharpness.Like the cross on the grass.
PaulVDV (17273) 2012-04-29 12:44
Never before I've seen a picture of this special church. Taken from an attractive angle, you've achieved an excellent composition. I like the inclusion of the white stone cross against the rock on the foreground and the other white cross high above on the cliffs.
Your chosen POV makes it also look impressive.
Best regards, Paul
Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-29 13:00
a splendid photo from this fantastic place, the composition is spectacular, great details and POV, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday evening! Kellemes Vasárnap estét kívánok!
pajaran (41725) 2012-04-29 13:45
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starom manastiru sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na krst i manastir u kamenoj litici, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar snimak, perspektiva i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar rad, moje cestitke.
Imajte mirnu noc i dobar san.
Very interesting and good article on the old monastery with a given data ...
Nice view of the Cross and the monastery in the cliff, good composition.
Good shot, nice perspective and color display.
Good work, my congratulations.
Keep calm and a good night sleep.
All the best.
TopGeo (38080) 2012-04-29 14:59
Hello Ovidiu! Great daily life scene, great 'low' POV, very good framing and composition! Excellent perspective! Great light management,note and view, excellent choice of POV with great contrasts!
chrisvek (6995) 2012-04-29 15:32
Excellent shoot with superb POV.Great tones and amazing framing.Very details and useful note.Well done.
Nicou (105809) 2012-04-30 2:10
fAntastiqeu captage e tiamge sueprbe vue et compo quelc adrage avec ce mur, la croix de pierre sur le mure et cette belle roche et falais, sueprbe.
bravo et belle journée
jhm (127995) 2012-04-30 3:40
Thank you very much for your interesting note about these church.
I am agree with previous write, never before I've seen a picture of this special church
Excellent composition, very well done, TFS.
dkmurphys (42493) 2012-04-30 12:28
Imi place unghiul. E un loc deosebit, prea putin promovat, din pacate.
SWEETFREEDOM (19930) 2012-05-01 4:21
amazing church, great colors and light.
aliabazari (10282) 2012-05-01 21:37
This very beautiful picture with excellent lighting box and packing. Very beautiful and excellent clarity.
Silvio1953 (105527) 2012-05-02 0:40
Ciao Ovidiu, great view of lovely church under fantastic rock, beautiful composition with wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
alex4ndru (1374) 2012-05-07 23:09
foarte bine ai gandit unghiul din care sa tragi acest cadru. A rezultat o fotografie minunata a acestui loc.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-03-04 19:53
Very useful and interesting note very informative and complete. There are so many similarities between our countries and this picture is one of them. How they used to build their cells and churches inside the rocks for protection and hideouts!
A beautiful picture indeed!
all the best,
- Copyright: Ovidiu Sotiriu (Schnappilic) (9088)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Tamron AF SP 10-24mm f/3,5-4,5 Di II LD, RAW, 77 mm HOYA Skylight UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-29 9:47