Mahon, the capital of Menorca, has some fine buildings and few finer than those which look out across one of the World's finest natural harbours. And this is one of those.
Mahon's much coveted harbour, from which naval forces could command the whole of the Mediterranean Sea, has variously been under the command of Britain, France and Spain but is now a hub of tourism and fishing and many fine hotels and restaurants have sprung up around about it. I'm not quite sure whether this building is a hotel or comprises some luxury apartments but, with fine views across the harbour and with its attractive architecture, I thought it definitely worth a photograph.
Whatever this building is, it lies in what is the oldest part of the city of Mahon (Mao) and a part which has undergone very extensive renovation and reconstruction, partly by necessity on account of extensive bomb damage during the Spanish Civil War.
You can see from where I took this picture if you click on Map: view and you can see some interesting old photographs and read some history about the buildings in this area here - so this building would appear to be on the site of the original 13th Century castle.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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emka (78852) 2014-08-23 22:48
Very fine facade and presented beautifully. It would be great to go on this upper balcony, the view from there must be fantastic. Superb composition, nice colour etc.
Warm regrads from lakes and forests. In short time the forests will be much bigger and thicker and the lake much deeper :)
dta (66538) 2014-08-24 0:45
Bonjour John ,
Très belle façade , en effet . Et architecture intéressante , avec comme une petite maison beaucoup plus humble qui s'inscrit dans les soubassements des plus grands édifices .
marabu61 (8385) 2014-08-24 5:26
Being built on the site of an ancient castle, this fine building is almost a castle in itself as in my home is my castle. Fine architecture with interesting windows and balustrades.
Your link to the history and ancient photos of the place was very interesting too, I must say.
have a great sunday
annjackman (19597) 2014-08-24 7:53
This façade is spectacular and your picture has captured every detail. This looks in an idyllic place with the colours of the Mediterranean.
A very fine job - lovely!
Kind Regards, Ann
cornejo (31472) 2014-08-24 10:17
Hi John, very good picture of this interesting composition with the beautiful and interesting facade, beautifully captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness, beautiful light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
asajernigan (21148) 2014-08-24 10:49
The facade of this structure is great and you have presented it nicely. The angle of the shot is great placing the building on one side and using the stairs to lead the eye into the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has nice sharpness.
willperrett (7008) 2014-08-24 11:17
You're right: this is indeed a splendid pile! Though the sky appears largely blue, it seems that you were in - probably very temporary - shade, which has softened the tones and reduced the huge contrast you would have been faced with otherwise. Did you also go to "Madge-Orca" on this trip?
Royaldevon (29549) 2014-08-24 14:31
A very crisp capture of this beautiful building.
The exposure is spot on with no oe on the white exterior.
I think Will is right, there must have been some brief shade for there are no intense shadows either.
Your viewpoint has been well chosen so that the steps become a natural lead into the scene, right up to the balcony, from which the view towards the bay can be enjoyed.
It does look a relaxing holiday spot.
My warm regards,
carlo62 (32735) 2014-08-24 14:34
sicuramente la facciata è bella, ma altrettanto bella è la posizione di questo palazzo, da qui si gode di una vista meravigliosa.
Bel taglio verticale, con un bel cielo e la facciata è bilanciata dalla palma sulla destra.
jhm (139168) 2014-08-25 3:53
Your picture is very well technical made, 50/50 vertical, the building and a nice panoramic view about these area beside the building.
I see a very quiet place for to make a very pleasant walk.
Your picture is very nice made with a high quality.
Very well of colours and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
npecanhuk (65434) 2014-08-25 6:14
Wonderful architectural and surrounding details!
It must be a pleasure to spend some time over there!
A very beautiful, attractive and pleasant-looking picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly liked!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-08-26 15:52
A wonderful shot. I like the colour contrast, the blue sky made a beautiful background for the warm coloured building. Superb detail. Well done.
Hope that you enjoy your little camera:-)..
lousat (76832) 2014-08-29 14:12
Hi John,truly beautiful this building of Mahon,i hope to see it in September too,the perspective is a winner,with the facade on the left to leave space at the nice view on the right too,fine detail and bright colors everywhere.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (84284) 2014-08-31 15:04
One of your "best" s in your gallery. With perfect layout and great graphical effect.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
macjake (56494) 2014-09-02 15:35
looking at this building closely, i bet there are some sweet views from that balcony, as that water on the right has some pretty attractive colors to it.
speaking of colors, yellows and blues almost always blend seamlessly together, proof again right here.
there are many smaller, finer architectural details on the facade that demand attention - but only to the keep observer, which i like.
beautiful color palette, sharpness and clarity.
well shot on this side angle
enjoy your day
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20420)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-23 17:38