My fourth photo from The Shrine of Sayidda Zeinab was taken at night. It is my contribution to the theme of today, "Minaret mon amour/Minaret my love". Special thanks to Diane (clio) who invited me to the theme :)
Sayidda Zeinab Mosque is a beautiful Iranian-style mosque and shrine in southern Damascus, Syria. It attracts Shia Muslim pilgrims from Iran and around the world who care far less about its blue-tiled architecture than about its sacred shrine of Sayidda Zeinab, daughter of the Shia martyr Ali and granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
Many tourists to Damascus miss the Sayyida Zeinab Shrine, but it is well worth a visit as it is a beautiful building and the best insight into the emotion of Shia Islam outside of Karbala and Najaf in Iraq. It is a simple taxi ride away and non-Muslim visitors are welcome, especially in the outer courtyard.
The Shrine of Sayidda Zeinab is believed to house the remains of Lady Zeinab, the daughter of Imam Ali (the fourth Caliph). She was taken captive by the army of Yazid after the massacre of her brothers Hussein and Hassan at Karbala and Najaf. For Shia Muslims, this moment, when the family of Ali was betrayed, is the defining and most tragic moment of their history. Thus the atmosphere at Sayyida Zeinab is not one of quiet veneration, but one of passionate mourning with wailing, singing, crying, and chest beating.
The mosque dates from the 1990s, but was built on a pre-existing shrine.
The mosque is a bit difficult to find, as it is hidden behind layers of shops, markets and hotels geared towards Iranian pilgrims. Look for one of the towering blue minarets; or better yet, just follow the flood of black-robed pilgrims flowing towards the entrance.
The mosque consists of a large courtyard with the shrine in the middle. Architecturally, it has all the typical traits of an Iranian mosque: ornate decoration featuring blue tile, gold, and mirrors. The mausoleum is topped with a glistening golden dome.
The courtyard of the mosque is filled with men and women marching in circles, chanting in Farsi or Arabic, and beating their chests. Often someone will be videotaping, and there will be one man leading the chant. As they chant and beat their chests, tears stream down their cheeks as the pilgrims feel the painful tragedy that Zeinab endured, losing her brothers and being taken captive. It is as if they are attending the funeral of their own daughter, and that is exactly the way the Shia see it.
The mausoleum itself is divided into a section for men and one for women, and shoes are left at the door. The space is relatively small and always crowded. Only a thin wooden fence that divides the two sections, and the wailing and sobs pour over the fence from one side to another. The lamentation is not just on the women's side: men young and old sit around in circles beating their chests, crying and chanting. Some of the men throw themselves against the tomb, clinging on to the bars that surround it, showering it with kisses. Others kneel and pray, their heads pressed against a piece of rock taken from the ground at Karbala.
There is also a Sayyida Zeinab shrine in Cairo, Egypt.
Şam'da bulunan Seyide Zeynep Camii, Şii inanışı için en önemli merkezlerden birisidir. Buraya ait TE'deki dördüncü fotoğrafım. Paylaşmamın sebebi ise güncel bir forum (bilmem forumları takip edeniniz var mı). İsviçre'deki minare vakasını protesto etmek için oluşturulan "Minaret mon amour/Minaret my love" adlı bir temaya katkıda bulunmak için Diane (clio) tarafından davet edilmem üzerine bu fotoğrafı seçtim. 18 mm. Umarım beğenirsiniz.
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lousat (73837) 2009-12-25 13:06
Hi Deniz,i been there many years ago and i remember the fanatstic night atmosphere of this place.You create a fantastic composition from the best point of view and whit a perfect time of exposure for the best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice time,Luciano
clio (27955) 2009-12-25 13:44
Fantastic place, fantastic dome.
I am really happy to have informed you about the theme and to discover this wonderful modern mosque of Damascus. I like seeing appearing the gold of the dome and the silver of minarets at night and now I also want to see a day view to look at ceramic's work!.
Thank you for this so beautiful participation.
Have a nice evening
veyselk (0) 2009-12-25 22:55
maşallah diyorum, aldın hızını gidiyorsun fotolar arka arkaya gelmey başlamış yine, yakalamaya çalışıyorum ama yetişemiyorum :)
enfes ışık kontrolu ile o altın kubbe bi başka güzel olmuş.
ellerine ve gözlerine sağlık
ymrk (14955) 2009-12-26 1:46
Sade fon önündeki minare ve tabii ki aydınlatma..Formları olabildğince takip ediyordum,ama bu temayı görmemiştim.Çok çok güzel,tarzın dışında(bana göre) ama gene kusursuza en yakın olanı yapmışsın.Sevgiler :)
mursaloglu (8397) 2009-12-26 2:44
mükemmel bir görüntü ve enfes bir ölçüm bunun yanısıra perspektif olağanüstü ellerine sağlık ihsan
PixelTerror (0) 2009-12-26 9:13
Merhaba Mr Tripodless
I see you joined this collective minaret effort, couldn't post mine to risk swiss police cut off my internet connection ;-)
The glowing dome is really superb, side minarets are not bad at all either and the image is sharp given the "Get more zizos for the fun" conditions, but as a final touch you should clean the noisy sky
Happy Holidays JY
rford (30) 2009-12-26 18:09
magical.... the formal structure of bright byzantine arches, golden luminous dome and turrets angled skyward, all against a pure black sky, come together a wonderful play of line, form and positive/negative space, not to mention the intriguing content and details throughout. excellent
Morac (27665) 2009-12-27 2:22
Fantastic dome !
This work with light is very successful
Vato_Law (12720) 2009-12-27 10:21
I went to read your intro to see if you were a surgeon or something alike as you must have really steady hands even if ISO is at 1600, to get this kind of sharpness.
Lovely piece of architectural photo you have here with the shining dome clearly dominating the top, well helped by those minarets (btw it's a good contribution to the theme), while dowmstairs it's the persons walking around that give emphasize to the photo.
You got a really good exposure given the conditions.
Wishing you a fantastic new year and stiiiill waiting for your trip to Lisboa :)
P.S.: after reading your intro, I can give you a hint, this site is about to turn into a payed one, if the mod's idea is approved, which will result in something "à la Flickr"; another one, they went so strict with some members that most of them and others who visited regularly their corner moved away; another one, when they had the brilliant idea to state that they would overtake on the copyright of the photos here and use them in other sites or publications, more members moved away... I could be here the rest of the night giving you more problems, I myself am still here because of the friends I've made, like you and others, and because I believe that WE together we can make this site rebirth, honestly I do not believe on the mod's to do so, otherwise I would have already gone too, and you want to have an idea of how many persons have moved or even started an account p.ex. in Flickr try to check for some members with the exact nickname they have here and you will see how many went to there.
As I'm not too active nowadays, not because I'm not into photo anymore (right on the opposite), I keep on coming here and find it less stressful but if I was regular like I was 2 or 3 years ago, I don't know if I would still resist.
eversmile (11628) 2009-12-27 11:01
I am very glad of your contibution for this theme! Your entry from Syria is a big and good surprise. I admire your management of light here, with the dome glowing and the sober framing. With the silhouettes of the two persons gathered in the center, it adds a strong feeling of absolute symmetry. Bravo!
bostankorkulugu (41978) 2009-12-28 14:55
nedir bu minare geyiği noel noel... seniki güzel en azından, diğerleri gayet banal... suriyeyi özledim... halepe bir daha mutlaka gidile...
Silvio1953 (118143) 2009-12-29 10:39
Ciao Deniz, wonderful nocturne shoot, great view of fantastic architecture, superb exposure, very well done, Happy new year 2010, ciao Silvio
macjake (53902) 2010-01-04 3:20
excellent light management displayed here. the gold top can be seen with great amounts of detail. the black hour worked out tremendously, contrasting so well with the bright whites.
vincz (19113) 2010-01-04 13:28
I disappeared for some time. I may - or may not :) - be back for a while. Just depending on the time I have. Fotopedia is now working so well that I may have some time again to come back here exchanging comments on beautiful images like this one with all its golden tones under the so dark night.
chpp (4281) 2010-01-06 6:50
nice shot, good exposure to showcase this nice place
the grainy texture adds more mistery to the shot
good POV and compo
amazon (12112) 2010-02-04 2:09
böyle kareleri seviyorum ben,çok kolay gibi görünen ama basitin aslında en zor olduğu bir anlatım...
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34231)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/5 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Minaret mon amour/Minaret my love [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-25 11:39
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