The Fortified Church of Birthälm
Biertan (German: Birthälm, Romani: Biyertan, Hungarian: Berethalom) is a commune in central Romania, in the north of the Sibiu County, 80 km north of Sibiu(Hermannstadt) and 15 km east of Mediaş.
The first documentary testimony about the village is from 1283 in a document about the taxes paid by the inhabitants of 7 villages. It is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. It was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867.
The whole commune has a population of about 3,000 and the village of Biertan alone has about 1,600 people. It is one of the most visited villages in Transylvania, being the place of the annual reunion of the Transylvanian Saxons, many of whom now live in Germany.
The architectonic ensemble from Biertan impresses by a harmonious matching in locality, by its aesthetic and historic value and especially by the original substance preserved since the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, characteristics which determined its inclusion on The UNESCO List of World Patrimony.
The Church itself
The main edifice of the ensemble is a hall-church with three naves,with arches disposed in a network, built between 1492-1516 on the place of another old church.
The church is built in the late Gothic style with elements of Renaissance architecture at some portals .
The church is the last edifice of this kind (the hall-church) built in Transylvania.
As a result of the fortification work started after in the year 1515, and above the chancel there was built a fortified storey endowed with firing windows.
The church (including Vestry) is surrounded by walls, towers and secondary buildings as follows:
- Catholic Tower
- Mausoleum Tower
- Bell Tower
- Clock Tower
- Gate Tower
- Second Gate Tower
- Western Tower.
- Castle Guardian Dwelling
- City Hall (used as Tower Gate)
- First wallring
- Second wallring
- Third wall
Stairways and access roads
I took the picture after sunset from a hill nearby the village at freezing temperatures in the first day of the year 2008. The weather was foggy and the sky was overcast, hence the paler color tones in the far background. I hope you like it!
In the picture, the towers visible are (from left to right, the two towers from top of the church not counted):
- Mausoleum Tower
- Bell Tower
- Clock Tower
- City Hall
- Gate Tower
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 10 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.60
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 70 mm
ColorSpace - sRGB
White Balance - Auto
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Paolo (41222) 2008-01-07 6:54
Hi Eduard, wonderufl night view, with excellent light capture, high quality, excellent POV and a wonderufl mood thanks to the snow everywhere.
JDDeming (294) 2008-01-07 6:57
I think you did a wonderful job here, the lighted buildings really stand out. Good description, too!
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-01-07 7:05
wonderful work Eddie!
the exposure, POV and composition are top quality.
very well done
johnfreeman (2274) 2008-01-07 7:07
A splendid view across the rooftops to the church with perfect colour and light management. What really makes it for me is the contrast between the intense yellow of the church lighting and the blue of the snow.
The perfect shot for New Year's Day!
Buin (42466) 2008-01-07 7:15
This is a truly wonderful picture! I like especially it's atmosphere - a somehow solemn one. You managed the light here absolutely skillful. Congrats to this photo!
Greetings from Germany!
johannes68 (3469) 2008-01-07 7:16
Hallo Eddie, grossartige Farben und Farbverläufe! Und mir gefällt die ruhige Komposition - nur Dächer, ganz von alleine wird der Blick auf die Kirchenburg gezogen - grossartiges Foto! Liebe Grüsse, Johannes
AROBN54 (11475) 2008-01-07 7:28
Wonderfully done, Eduard!!
Perfectly composed on the thirds, absolutely awesome lighting and razor sharp detail. I love that warm golden lighting surrounded by all the blue tones. This is a beautiful shot!! Thanks and best wishes for the new Year!
comanu (902) 2008-01-07 7:30
da` au dreptate oamenii.
da` ceasul, mergea ceasul?
teutza (10590) 2008-01-07 7:47
mama mama iar ne-ai facut-o :)
superba imagine si lumina..blue hour?:D
esti deja maestru in lumina asta:)
un an nou super!!!
carper (96) 2008-01-07 8:07
a very nice piece of quality here, Eddie
fantastic nightshot, good composition and a very clean shot, good photojob I like it. Have a nice day.
king (4242) 2008-01-07 8:30
The colours of your night-shot are great. Beautiful contradiction between the mysterious sphere and the hard lines. Well done.
lasscor (7640) 2008-01-07 12:35
Wonderful night shot.
Wonderful lighted church.
hatti52 (12786) 2008-01-08 1:14
excellent night view with great exposure and beautiful colours
ines8 (6112) 2008-01-08 10:10
Ma uit la superba asta de poza si visez ce fericita voi fi in ziua cind voi face si eu asa ceva....chiar daca ziua aceea nu va veni....Totul e sa vezi ca se poate!
Cele mai bune ginduri,
lousat (90604) 2008-01-09 12:48
Hi Eduard,i think you are buiding one of the best gallery on this website,your recent winter's pics are simply wonderfull,thanks for share your excellent work,best whishes,Luciano
testmaniac (13508) 2008-01-10 4:28
Hi Eduard, wonderful night shot, with excellent photo quality just of my taste.
indraajeet (1912) 2008-01-11 9:37
great night view, like a dream. the blue and yellow set up the mood nicely
anes_lc (14968) 2008-01-15 3:24
e ceva timp de cind nu m-am ami uitat la pozele tale:( ...ocupata cu sarbatorile astea
imi place efectul care il dai pozelor dar ma intreb daca poti sa imi explici si mie cum faci?:D
am ales sa comentez la asta pentru culori
bravo ...chiar reusite
shevchenko (20516) 2008-01-15 19:53
This is another excellent image with great color, beautiful night scene with vivid blue sky and golden lights shinning on the old walls, good pov to show roof tops cover by snow at winter, thanks for sharing.
dcawker (5717) 2008-01-21 6:11
Beautiful perspective and light here.. Excellent work! Regards, Doug
Waylim (25502) 2008-01-23 12:05
Wow! Beautiful night photo, Very well captured. Wonderful saturated color with great detail still intact, the landscape in the distance background and roof top on the foreground . Nicely flamed, simple and professional. This would make a beautiful postcard. If I haven’t already considered going to Romania, this photo make me want to go sooner than later. So many places to go, so little time and money. The notes and information is very useful especially for those who plan to visit one day. The EXIF info is a great help to us that want to learn how to take better night photos. Thank so much for sharing.
hispic (9652) 2008-01-26 3:45
Fantastic shot at blue moment, really beautiful warm color illuminated and blue color in the background.
Have a nice weekend, Hisashi
ayansadhu (1502) 2008-02-08 20:06
This is a good composition with the blue playing heavy on the canvas & a superb light control & exposure
- Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) (1116)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-01
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS30D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
- Exposure: f/5.6
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Saxon villages in Transylvania [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 6:51
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