The dominant of the square and the town of Koice is the monumental Gothic St Elisabeth Minster. This building, rather isolated from the rest of the square, is the largest church of Slovakia and the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.
Its longitudinal axis is 60.5 m and its transversal axis is 39.5 m long. The northern tower of the dome is 58.5 m tall. Construction of the church proceeded under the royal supervision in several stages from 1380 while some assert that it is still not finished. Originally, the church was designed as a five-nave basilica. Under the pressure of natural disasters and wars the resulting form was different; it became the five-nave dome with crossed nave.
In spite of adjustments in new styles after fires and earthquakes in the 19th century the Cathedral of Koice preserved numerous original Gothic elements and valuable artistic features. They include, for example, the wonderful northern portal with the tympanum representing the Last Judgement.
The medieval gargoyle in the south-western corner of the church is also interesting. It is supposed that it has a form of woman, in particular the wife of the famous royal constructor Stephan. This is how he allegedly punished his wife for drinking too much wine.
Special attention must be paid to the main altar of St Elisabeth built in the years 1474-1477. It contains the largest European set of 48 Gothic table paintings. Dutch and German influence on the sculptures and paintings is obvious. Liturgical objects include the most valuable works of important goldsmith J. Szilassy from the 18th century, which are classified as the national cultural monument.
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bobocortis (15946) 2008-06-13 4:45
A great perspective and sharpness.
I expecially like the colorful roof on the right. The two domes are nicely coupled.
portmanndominic (2400) 2008-06-13 4:55
nice colors on this beautiful architectural shot , good general construction of the picture with a interesting note
Good week end
jurek1951 (40949) 2008-06-13 5:15
Very nice photo and beatiful point of view
perfect in sharpness and contrast,great colours and light,
pablominto (53744) 2008-06-13 5:19
It is always so interesting to study the finer details in old church architecture, proving houses of worship no doubt were the most important buildings of all back then!
Here the colours and details are superbly reproduced, and presented in a tight attractive composition!
ChrisJ (94806) 2008-06-13 6:05
A superb colour contrast between the red tinged facades & roofs of the fg buildings, & the bg blue sky. Good sharpness & framing. Congratulations!
dareco (17134) 2008-06-13 7:11
WOW!! So beautiful and COLORFUL!!! The designs and the architecture are very impressive. Really nice intricate detail!! TFS and have a happy day!
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-06-13 10:52
Superb architecture details here.
I like the tones too, and your compo is balanced.
jaywalker (16095) 2008-06-13 15:22
Hi George, Stunning arctitecture, the beauty in the detail really catches the eye, the roof is amazing with such a gorgeous design on it, excellent colour & the rich blue sky makes a great background, TFS, kind regards Wilson,
jjcordier (73378) 2008-06-13 22:07
Très belle architecture aux détails colorés magnifiques qui ressortent encore plus sous ce soleil magnifique.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-14 0:55
Hello George! Very good composition. Original details. Nice lightness, very nice colors. Original composition. Good shot. Well done!
Gustaw (21670) 2008-06-14 2:44
Hi, my friend!
It is next your beautiful photo. I like your towers. Good warm colours and nice light. Beautiful details.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2008-06-14 3:17
It is an invaluable architecture, a whole of jewels joined together on only one photograph. The facings and the roofs are exceptional. Very beautiful and useful realization.
Have a nice day
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-06-14 4:01
interesting complement to the previous, nice details, a beautiful architecture, fine exposure and sharpness
kermit350 (9016) 2008-06-14 4:53
Hello George, A photograph which emphasizes all the genius of or the architects of l' time, these roofs with coloured tiles of various colors form a very photogenic painting, Framing is perfect to emphasize the various details: decorated attic windows d' finials, and the relief of the richly carved stone, I do not know if you know Beaune in France or the colours of the roofs " or colours of the roofs of l' Hospital " are close to your Gothic building Elisabeth Minster, sincerely................Hello George, Une photo qui fait ressortir tout le génie de ou des architectes de l'époque, ces toitures à tuiles colorées de différentes couleurs forment une peinture très photogénique,
Le cadrage est parfait pour mettre en valeur les différents détails : lucarnes décorées d'épis de faîtage, et le relief de la pierre richement sculptée, je ne sais si tu connais Beaune en France ou les coloris " or colours of the roofs of l' Hospital "
sont proche de ton bâtiment gothique Elisabeth Minster, bien amicalement
gildasjan (40930) 2008-06-14 10:35
Très beau contraste de couleurs avec ce ciel bleu profond.Une image très détaillée dans ce cadre.
Bonne fin de journée.
siolaw (38052) 2008-06-14 10:45
This church just looks beautiful! Such nice intricate sculpting job qnd qlso marvelous colored roof... You had good light, so colors came nicely saturated. As sharp as it gets too.
vincz (19099) 2008-06-15 2:21
Wow.. very majestic and beautiful. Such beautiful colors on the roof. You got a great blue sky there. I like it.
Wanda1 (14942) 2008-06-15 7:54
You always seem to find the most wonderful detail on buildings to photograph, and here is another fine example. Crisp, sharp and lovely.
ifanik (21679) 2008-06-16 11:41
Very very beautiful building my friend
Nice composition with beautiful colours
danyy (0) 2008-06-17 14:37
bravo pour cette mise au point très précise qui donne une netteté imparable. Très belles couleurs et des lumières parfaites
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-23
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Picturesque Kosice [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 4:34