Lying between Benalmadena Pueblo and the coastal zone of the Costa del Sol, stands the Castillo Colomares (Colomares Castle) a truly unusual monument! Built by Esteban Martin and two stonemasons from nearby Mijas, it took from 1987 to 1994 to create this masterpiece of Byzantine, Roman, Gothic and Mudejar architecture that pays homage to Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. The structure not only shows the history of the discovery but also renders homage to the three religions that were professed in fourteenth century Spain. Certain architectural features therefore correspond to Christian, Hebrew and, naturally, Mohammedan traditions.
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serp2000 (37959) 2014-07-11 2:32
Impressive details of the castle... It reminds me the Sanctuary of True in Pattaya with nthe wooden sculptures.
Good composition, perfect DoF! I always like the blue&brown colors combination! Well seen.
snunney (79735) 2014-07-11 4:00
I like very much the point of view and the choice of the vertical frame. The details in this rather fantastic construction are beautifully captured under a sympathetic ambient light. Pleasing warm/cool tonal contrasts and exceptional clarity.
macjake (52232) 2014-07-11 4:20
i've never been to spain, but from what i see online it looks as though Spain has some really really strange architecture!
here's another example of that.
this place doesn't even look REAL is so funky!
excellent grab of this place, lots of textures with impactual colors - fine post
jhm (135274) 2014-07-11 4:24
I like these wonderful architecture, these picture is of high quality
Composition and presentation make these picture very nice.
Colours and sharpness make these picture very attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
williewhistler (12497) 2014-07-11 4:52
an imaginative upright composition combined with superb sharpness brings this fantastic feature straight out of my screen,the intricate details of extravagant buildings are a delight.
A fine piece of photography complemented by an interesting note.
Have a great week end,
SnapRJW (29302) 2014-07-11 6:31
I remember a couple of other shots you upload featuring this castle Brian. Its unique, eclectic architecture seems like someone's wildest dream (or nightmare, depending on how you see things!) A folly is the right word for it but what a wonderful fantasy, a fine display of craftsmanship and a super subject. A shot with excellent detail and very attractive light.
Have a great weekend
Nicou (116524) 2014-07-11 6:31
quelle architecture et image superbe vue et patentage quel rendu sur la roche et image superbe ces tons ocre et le pot de fleur à l'entrée merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
ChrisJ (94802) 2014-07-11 9:20
A very unusual construction from southern Spain reminiscent of Gaudi's masterpieces in Barcelona albeit on a much smaller scale. Good sharpness and nice warm cold colour contrasts between the red brick and blue sky. Tfs!
Noel_Byrne (20860) 2014-07-11 11:17
I probably way too many superlatives, but if ever its deserving, its this. Superb and amazing architecture, a true folly but a work of real beauty and I would imagine true passion from those who created this. What a magnificent gift to give the world in this most intriguing selection of styles and designs which all combine to make a palace on which a million stories could be written.
Your choice of view is perfect, taking in so much of the structure to give an element of scale, while taking in pin sharp detail of this beautiful red stone on soft blue. the green of the vases on the stairs really pops out, and the stairs invite us to go exploring. Man, how I wish I could, this is mega bucket list material.
thanks for sharing this gem.
all the best
jjcordier (73330) 2014-07-11 21:57
L'architecture de ce château est vraiment unique et un peu folle. Tu l'as très bien mise en valeur dans cette très bonne photo.
adidas5nb (4498) 2014-07-11 23:03
wow... wonderful pov to showcase this extraordinary architecture.love the light too.
tyro (18626) 2014-07-12 5:51
You've shown us other photographs of this amazing place but this is yet another "take" on it and a very special one too.
You have chosen not only a very good viewpoint but also the perfect time of day so that the sunlight strikes the building at just the right angle to bring out all the fine details and textures of this magnificent structure. The large plant pots either side of the steps make a perfect foreground feature and I like the framing afforded by the overhanging stonework at top right.
Glorious light and colours, spot-on exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.
A fine note too.
lgir (6787) 2014-07-12 10:59
beautiful composition of this very original architecture. The colors and contrasts are beautifully rendered.
ikeharel (52411) 2014-07-12 11:00
Good evening Brian,
Fabulous masons work, in many styles combined, as you had written in the note.
Elements in red/brown in fine contrast to blue sky, sharpness and light management is immaculate.
Cricri (101459) 2014-07-13 1:20
Une architecture qui sort de l'ordinaire, impressionnante par ces détails, ces formes et sa couleur, elle ferait bien partie dans une bande dessiné
mkamionka (29259) 2014-07-14 5:08
beautiful structure it is so pretty that it does not seem real but rather it seems an illustration to a fairy tale. Very attractive composition with the flowers making a nice framing in the foreground.
emka (73379) 2014-07-15 23:43
Hello Brian, All the time I see your photos from there I am unhappy that I couldn't see it. wrrr. But this view is the weirdest of all you have shown. Is it a Columbus ship there? Marvelous composition, excellent presentation of this folly, nice flowers.
Warm regrad s Malgo.
Waylim (25078) 2014-07-16 10:31
Amazing architecture and amazing photo with so much details, great POV using the stairs down to lead the viewers in and down to eh site. All the texture of hte stoen in warm eather are fantastic. Beautiful sky with subtle blue tone and not overly sturated.
Really excellent work. My complements. I'll put it in my fav, but I hit my limit of 99. Which is strang to have such limitation?
asajernigan (20426) 2014-07-18 10:07
I like your POV here using the flower pots to frame the building. The vertical format was well chosen emphasizing the height of the tower while giving us close up detail. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness and detail.
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (45289)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-07
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony F20mm F2.8 SAL, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-11 0:55