In Gornji Grad, in the Zadrečka Valley, reigns the Baroque Church of St. Mohor and St. Fortunatus. In 1140 a Benedictine monastery was built on the initiative of the patriarch Peregrin in the middle of the town settlement. It was dissolved in 1473. The monastery walls and some towers are partly preserved. The larger tower was rebuilt into compartments and has a gallery on the first floor. Romanesque characteristics are also revealed in the foot of the church tower and in the lapidary on the ground floor of this bell tower. Carved stones testify to the quality of builders and stonecutters, who were skilled in making vegetal adornments on the capitals. Around 1500 the Ljubljana Bishops arranged a summer residence with the cathedral in the monastery. The church was rebuilt several times. The construction of the new church in the shape of the Latin cross with a dome at the crossing and a scenic west façade was led by Matija Perski in the middle of the 18th century, who certainly needed helpers for that extensive work. The old sanctuary was torn down and the bell tower from 1671 was rebuilt and covered by bulbous crown. The new white-toned façade is concavely shaped and waving, divided by pilasters. The last renovation of the interior and exterior of the church was for the most part concluded in 1989.
The nave of this large, perhaps even the largest church in Slovenia, is divided by pilasters that form shallow chapels. At the crossing of the main and the transversal nave on the drum above the exaggeratedly gradated wall and the capitals of the pilasters there is an ellipsoid shaped cupola. A special feature is the fitting of the side altars with oil paintings by Johann Martin Kremser Schmidt, painted between 1773 and 1775. The pictures by Leopold Layer and Pavel Künl are not of as high quality. In the vestibule there are Renaissance tombs of bishops. The epitaphs of Bishops Kritof Ravbar (1527) and Ivan Kacijanar are of high quality, as is Andrej's altar, the work of Obal Kitll from the same period, which is placed in a glassed hall by the church. The organs were made by Alois Hoerbiger in 1842. The vault of the presbytery was painted at the end of the 19th century. Another special feature of the church is the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre. The sculptures in the niches of the façade were made by Strauba (1755).
The yard in front of the church is arranged with benches and a well. The monastery was almost completely destroyed during World War II. In the renovated tracts there is a parsonage and several collections. The collection of postcards and sacral images is quite interesting. The parish centre is regularly maintained and accessible.
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raszid62 (18583) 2010-04-01 0:13
Lepa baroèna notranjost cerkve. Zelo lepo, nizka POV, si lahko ogledate strukturo rdeèi preprogi.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-04-01 0:48
Hello Vojko! Amazing low POV. Excellent composition. Very good DOF. Nice light and colours. Original shot. Well done!
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-04-01 1:06
Beautiful low POV and lovely colors
Good sharpness, well handled the light
Have a nice day
SWEETFREEDOM (22730) 2010-04-01 1:23
interesting the point of view you chose, the church is very impressive. very good simmetry and natural colors.
pajaran (52098) 2010-04-01 1:29
Dobar dan, kod nas us pocela prolecna nevremena sa kisom i sitnim gradom.
Odlican motiv, dobra perspektiva i eneterijer, lepo je ovo gledati.
Uglom ste naglasili velicinu a bojama lepotu enterijera crkve, dobarv rad i lepa fotografija, cestitam, lepo je ovo videti i doziveta ovaj trenutak koji ostavlja utisak, cestitam.
Neka danas bude lep dan i vreme, sve najbolje, Paja.
vasilpro (40933) 2010-04-01 2:14
Wonderful interior composition, excellent chosen low POV, very nice perspective, very good light management, lovely colors, I like this symmetry.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
Fante (5429) 2010-04-01 4:33
odlično zastavljena pozicija snemanja. Kot vidim si se kar na tla ulegel. Si bil zmatran? :)
Enkratne barve, odlična ostrina. Res impozantna cerkev. Bravo
jhm (139244) 2010-04-01 4:47
You took a very low angle for this interior shot.
What a nice creation the light in the dome, perfect perspective too.
Color and composition be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
csabagaba (6554) 2010-04-01 6:16
Interestingly, foot shot perspective. Nice central composition. The benches neatly make the eyes of the main altar. Can handle a little more contrast in the image would not have gone to the expense of white balance. But it's still great.
Cretense (68689) 2010-04-01 6:18
Beautiful interior, great architecture photo! Great idea to use the floor as a "tripod". Great composition and framing, excellent perspective! Good light management under dificult conditions!
YASHILNAV (306) 2010-04-01 11:15
I must say Grrreeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat dear Vojko!
Very wonderful low POV. I guess you placed your camera on the carpet, yes?
Great vivid colors and lovely details... Well I am speechless!
TFS, indeed superb composition.. 100 points for you.. ;)
Amaz (11475) 2010-04-01 17:13
Great compostion, Vojko!!
Very well captured and framed take!
Pwefect colours and POV!!
divail (8330) 2010-04-01 17:58
C'est un plan très intéressant, qui met bien en valeur le gigantesque de l'église. La lumière de la coupole est très délicate. Bravo.
edge (6072) 2010-04-01 21:03
Hello Vojko, This is a fantatic shot from the ground up. Your location in taking this picture made it a much more interesting one. Excellent composition with lots of precision in the capture. The altar at the far end of the shot is beautiful. I don't know what camera you used, but the altar could have been a bit sharper. I always enlarge these shots by 4x to see what I might find. Great shot and excellent choice of your point of view. Happy Easter, Roger
AKITA (15125) 2010-04-01 21:56
an illusionary perspective shot in the church from your unique POV,
like we were ants on the floor...
quite different feeling of the church is interesting and beautiful so much,
thank you for your wonder and wonderful shot,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-04-02 9:11
I appreciate this low point of view which I often practice in the churches. It is an interesting and beautiful image. The light and the colors are very natural. Clearness and the depth are perfect. Beautiful photograph, good realization. Cheer.
Have a nice Easter weekend
Graal (97509) 2010-04-02 22:41
nice composition. Fine low POV and symmetry. Beautiful interior of church. Good presentation. I like it.
paololg (31448) 2010-04-03 7:31
Ciao dear Vojko,
splendid image, with a pleasant perspective and an endless depth of field. The perfect sharpness allows us to admire interesting details as the chandelier and the frescos. Compliments, dear friend, for this pleasant photo!
Ciao, have a nice Easter!
emilbo (22610) 2010-04-04 15:26
Excellente prise de vue presque au ras du sol et excellente perspective. Belle architecture, superbes couleurs toutes en douceur et intéressante double diagonale.
Merci pour ta critique sur mon dernier post.
Félicitations!... et bonne semaine,
tedesse (25133) 2010-04-05 7:33
Fantastyczne wnetrze,ladna kolorystyka,brak mi troche ostrosci.Interesujaca notka.
Pozwolilem sobie na maly WS,i jak ?
francio64 (38276) 2010-04-06 3:35
buona luce e ottime prospettive con elevato DOF per questa foto di interno.
worldcitizen (6983) 2010-06-10 17:23
Church architecture is always impressive, and this interior has such beautiful artwork and colors. I like the low POV; you were able to include those three windows in the ceiling. The symmetry is great. I can imagine that it must be a great experience to walk into this church.
Selmik (3188) 2010-09-27 22:24
Dober vecer spet Vojko,
could not miss this incredible photograph. Did You take it from the floor level? Great symmetry, perspective, colours and clarity of the composition. Like very much contrast of white walls and colourful oltar.
Very well done.
danos (86787) 2011-08-26 7:28
bery nice presentation of the interior of the church with the low POV to make the shot even more impressive.I like the details as the excellent interior light management.
Have a good afternoon,danos