This is a side-view of the cathedral of Segovia. I took this shot, standing atop a roadside bench. The narrow cobbled road, (the photograph of which I shal post in the near future) leads the tourists to the Alcazar.
The mid-day sun was fierce but it has a fine effect on the yellow sandstone that was commonly uses for many constructions in this region of Castilla y León.
The more ornate front - which I have posted in the past - faces the main square - Plaza Mayor - in the place where Queen Isabella of Castile was crowned. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and often called La Dama de Las Catedrales – the Dame of Spanish Cathedrals.
Origins of Segovia Cathedral: -
Replacing an original church near the Alcazar damaged during the Revolt of the Comuneros, the current Segovia Cathedral was built between 1525 and 1527 on the instruction of King Charles V of Spain – the same king whom they had rebelled against. It was designed by the last Gothic master mason Juan Gil de Hontanon and the work was carried out and completed by his son, Rodrigo. Both artists were given the honour of burial here and their tombs still lie inside the cloister.
Although it was constructed in the late 16th century, Segovia Cathedral is in the (late) Gothic style – it was in fact the last great Gothic cathedral to be made in Spain, as Europe embraced the trend of Renaissance architecture.
Inside Segovia Cathedral:
Inside, Segovia Cathedral shows an almost modern minimalism – light and uncluttered, it is dominated by a 15th century choir which pre-dates the building. The Gothic cloister is similarly older than the cathedral, and was transported from the first one near the Alcazar. In the east end of the church, the high altar shares pride of place with an 18th century altarpiece by Francisco Sabatini.
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snunney (67228) 2012-11-02 3:24
The upwards point of view shows the architecture to excellent effect. Superb golden tones and excellent detail.
timecapturer (30226) 2012-11-02 3:48
like your POV here, great sense of height and magnificence. Difficult lighting conditions which you have handled well. Love the golden tones and intricate detailing.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
jhm (122334) 2012-11-02 4:36
Your subject is very well selected, a pity of the white sky this shows a little but spurious reaction.
Nevertheless a nice view on these church.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Fis2 (73032) 2012-11-02 6:26
Interesting POV and composition.
Curious fragment and colors.
I like tower.
claudeD (24163) 2012-11-02 11:25
Very fine architecture shot from Spain showing a very interesting church. I like your low pov and the golden tones of the shot. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Cricri (86327) 2012-11-04 1:24
Intéressante architecture du haut de la cathédrale, une lumière pas facile dont vous avez bien gérée, qui rend bien les détails et sa couleur chaudes
Angshu (51174) 2012-11-06 20:38
The massiveness & volume of this cathedral is quite evidenced from your picture. The golden tones of the sandstone with which this has been created looks nice. Against the white-cyan sky indeed looks good. The sculpture in the FG creates a good focal point. A good informative note to boot!
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (1834)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-06
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-02 2:48