Another bookmark from Spain. Iglesia de San Esteban is one the most know landmarks of Segovia. This is one of the first object what you see after arriving from the train station.
Segovia was first recorded as a Celtic possession, with control eventually transferring into the hands of the Romans. The city is a possible site of the battle in 75 BCE where Metellus was victorious over the general of Sertorius, Hirtuleius. Hirtuleius died in the fighting.
During the Roman period the settlement belonged to one of numerous contemporary Latin convents. It is believed that the city was abandoned after the Islamic invasion of Spain centuries later. After the conquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI of León and Castile, the son of King Alfonso VI, Segovia began restocking with Christians from the north of the peninsula and beyond the Pyrenees, providing it with a significant sphere of influence whose boundaries crossed the Sierra de Guadarrama and the Tagus.
Segovia's position on trading routes made it an important center of trade in wool and textiles. The end of the Middle Ages saw something of a golden age for Segovia, with a growing Jewish population and the creation of a foundation for a powerful cloth industry. Several splendid works of Gothic architecture were also completed during this period. Notably, Isabella I was proclaimed queen of Castile in the church of San Miguel de Segovia on December 13, 1474.
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snunney (72728) 2013-08-24 4:10
The vertical framing suits perfectly in this cleverly cropped image. The light is ideal to bring out the colours and detail in the architecture. A handsome looking church well presented.
yiannisscheidt (40) 2013-08-24 4:18
Good afternoon. I like this photo for two reasons: first, the perspective chosen gives me the sensation of height, of somehow "aiming to the sky", and that's something that always seems fine to me. And second, it transmitts a warm that Segovia and generally Castilla y León do. So, well done, Serghei!
sabermonajati (8309) 2013-08-24 4:30
excellent frame from this illustrated architecture you captured.this composition from archways is wonderful.
jurek1951 (37040) 2013-08-24 4:41
a splendid photo of this amazing church, the composition is very spectacular, beautiful shot with effective POV,
HimalAnda (6940) 2013-08-24 4:54
Very nice point of view! The vertical format is a good idea and your crop is perfect.
Sergiom (45489) 2013-08-24 5:06
J'aime le cadrage vertical ainsi que le format allongé de la composition avec un sujet superbe qui se découpe dans un ciel parfait. La netteté est impeccable et les couleurs joliment saturées.
Didi (51307) 2013-08-24 5:11
Nice sharp and tight composition with a very good lights ambiance
timecapturer (37124) 2013-08-25 3:42
a beautifully simple and elegant presentation this. Love the long bookmark format that emphasises the height and majesty of this wonderful old building. Perfect clarity, detail and light make this a stand-out image of real quality and presence.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
krzychu30 (12719) 2013-08-25 5:41
Segovia must be fabulous place to visit-so many remainings from Roman times.
Beautiful church and superb presentation of it!
Great vertical frame and tight crop make it appears to us very distinct and expressive.
I like also this strong color contrast.
Have a nice sunday
jlynx (12643) 2013-08-25 5:45
Very nice picture, great architecture shown by you. Vertical framing fits perfectly here. Beautiful place, worth a visit.
Noel_Byrne (13376) 2013-08-25 10:08
The fine note you have included here speaks of the age of this place really well, and the image matches that perfectly. The buildings look to be steeped in history. You chose a perfect frame and viewpoint of show this place, and the blue sky is, as ever, beautiful
All the best
dkmurphys (42527) 2013-08-25 13:34
Very beautiful detail of that old architecture. I like the pov and the presentation, well taken.
Have a good night.
mcmtanyel (5273) 2013-08-25 18:57
Nice, simple but pleasant composition. I should try these unusual aspect ratios. TFS.
limielski (2571) 2013-08-26 4:55
Wonderful work with vertical frame - It looks beautiful and very professional.
The note is very informative.
Have a nice day!
romanaa (7644) 2013-08-27 9:30
very good crop to make a splendid vertical composition. I like the repetition of the arches and the contrast of yellowish stone and dark blue sky is stunning.
pierrefonds (51028) 2013-08-28 19:01
The vertical frame is putting the bell tower in evidence. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the acrhitecture of the church. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
adores (30831) 2013-09-06 12:10
Another good bookmark! The church is beautiful and you found a good pov. The quality is very good - light, colours and sharpness are perfect and I really like the cloud appearing on the left!
jmdias (48359) 2013-10-08 1:23
I had few time in Segovia. I had a heavy luggage and wanted to find a place to left it before to know the town but there wasn't a place to left the luggage and after many time I got a place to left the luggage in a restaurant, but at that time I had lost most of my energy and time and I was angry. nice view of the church with its architectonic elements well shown in this view, excellent light and sharpness.