St John the Baptist Church is a Grade I listed parish church in Cardiff, Wales, the only church dating to pre-Medieval times in Cardiff city centre. The church was built in 1180 as a chapel of ease for the larger St Mary's Church, itself founded by Benedictine monks from Tewkesbury Abbey. Originally constructed of blue Lias, a Jurassic stone with layers of fossilised shells, it was sourced from Aberthaw. The walls were then originally dressed with an Oolitic freestone sourced from Dundry.
St John's was sacked during a rebellion of Owain Glyndwr in 1404. The church was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th Century and given a perpendicular tower with a peal of ten bells. Today it still has a crown of openwork battlements, reminiscent of churches in the West Country of England, and is dated c.1490 when the similar Jasper Tower of Llandaff Cathedral was also built.
After the foundations of St Mary's were destroyed by the Bristol Channel flood of 1607, the two churches were worked as a dual-location parish until all main services were moved to St John in 1620.
In 1843, John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute paid for the construction of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Stephen the Martyr in Bute Street as a permanent replacement for St Mary's. This allowed the reconstruction of St John, with extensions to the church made in 1886-1897 using carboniferous limestone quarried from Culverhouse Cross. The churchyard wall was also was also rebuilt, using original Lias mixed with red sandstone in the walls, topped with coping stones of Devon sandstones from the Forest of Dean.
In 1952 St John's became a Grade I listed building, of exceptional architectural and historical interest. (Taken from Wikipedia)
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jhm (136728) 2013-05-22 9:03
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
I've tried a WS picture with CS6, I use alone a perspective tool.
I like church interiors certainly of this type of churches.
Colours and presentation are pleasant, I hope that you appreciate these workshop picture.
Very well done, TFS.
marina7 (8051) 2013-05-22 9:12
amazing picture! It doesn't look like a typical church, all those graphic lines and bright colors feel more like modern art. Excellent perspective creating great deapth and strong visual impression.
Thanks and have a nice day!
tyro (19316) 2013-05-22 12:27
You have written a very interesting and informative note about this place and also given us a delightful photograph by way of illustration.
You have obviously used a very wide angle lens to take this one (10mm focal length according to your exif data) and so this has exaggerated the perspective and also brought about some "lean in" of the verticals, but I find this a beautiful photograph with the most delicious lighting and some gorgeous colours.
I see that John (jhm) has very kindly done a workshop for you. His workshop has certainly straightened the verticals very considerably but I think I would prefer something just a little between his workshop and your original photograph. It is, after all, normal for verticals to appear to "lean in" when we look upwards at a tall building or interior.
As I say, I like this picture a lot. The lighting is lovely as are the colours - especially in that gorgeous deep red ceiling. And the mixture of natural daylight from outside and artificial light inside works well too. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are excellent.
mcmtanyel (11631) 2013-05-22 20:45
This church has beautiful colors. I have seen the workshop image in which the lens distortion has been corrected, but I think I prefer this original, although I am impressed by what photo processing software can do.
All the best,
delpeoples (52783) 2013-06-09 5:22
Namaskar dear Soumen
Excellent photo! The slight distortion caused by the wide angle lens has worked very artistically here. I love the symmetry and the perspective here. The light is excellent, as are the colours. Great work.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day
Angshu (55035) 2013-06-24 22:51
Good use of the wide lens to create this nice perspective view. The symmetry works well and the colour contrasts as well. Nice work!