The Grand Mosque of Damascus, known more commonly as the Umayyad Mosque, is one of the largest, oldest and holiest mosques in the world.
The tomb of Saladin stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque. In addition, the mosque holds a shrine which is said to contain the head of John the Baptist, who is honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims.
Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and the Umayyad Mosque stands on a site that has been considered sacred ground for at least 3,000 years!
The Umayyad Mosque was accordingly a magnificent structure. The work of thousands of craftsmen of Coptic, Persian, Indian and Byzantine origin, the Umayyad mosque complex included a prayer hall, a vast courtyard and hundreds of rooms for visiting pilgrims. The layout was based on the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina.
The triple-aisled prayer hall, 160 meters long, was covered with a tiled wooden roof and supported on reused columns taken from Roman temples in the region as well as the Church of Mary at Antioch. The facade of the courtyard and its arcades were covered in colored marble, glass mosaic and gold. The mosque may have had the largest golden mosaic in the world, at over 4,000 square meters. The minaret structures of the mosque developed out of the corner towers of the ancient Roman temenos.
The Umayyad Mosque has been rebuilt several times due to fires in 1069, 1401 and 1893. The marble paneling dates from after the fire of 1893, which was especially damaging to the great mosaics. In 2001 Pope John Paul II visited the mosque, primarily to visit the relics of John the Baptist. It was the first time a pope paid a visit to a mosque.
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Polonaise (5802) 2008-10-10 15:33
You had swept the floor with the humble me with this one incredible shot !!!
THIS IS THE PHOTOGRAPHY...
Within its utmost, perfect presenation
This is the blood, sweat and saliva, bro...
George (dropped flat on my face)
istanbl (333) 2008-10-10 16:09
fotoğrafı izinsiz çekmiş gibisinz :) hanımlar
kameraya bakmasaymış bence daha iyi bir sonuç
alırdınz caminin doğal haliyle..selamlar..
cak (4879) 2008-10-10 16:35
cesur foto ama birgun makineni eline puzzle malzemesi olarak verirlerse iyi ,ya seni makinene verirlerse? Sora şeriata gitti diye ağıt yakmayalım !
Luko (13998) 2008-10-10 17:00
Excellent, that is excellent Deniz... I am more than baffled with the composition skills included in it and the incredible balance between the couples in the photo.
I have to inform you that your photo is on a binary rock'n'roll tempo, no third rythm waltz, no weird jazzy fifths : two woman coming straight to you like a destroyer on a submarine (dive, Deniz, dive) their twins in the background, two men praying in the left hand side, two kids facing each other sitting in the background.
I'll stop there the mathematics, I am simply imagining yourself lying on the ground and rolling on the side before they tread on you, as they don't seem impressed at all you're only two steps forward.
bostankorkulugu (41838) 2008-10-10 17:01
bu kadını görmüş gibiyim daha önce... baktım önceki karedeki o değil... bu ifadeyi tanıyorum sanki... ipek bana bağırırken böyle bakıyor galiba>:P...
bu çarşaflar bizimlilerden daha karizmatik... çünkü bizimkiler iki parça, beller büzgülü falan... bunlar ise zoronun pelerini misali uçuşuyor, pek havalı...
iso1600 ile yine harikalar yaratmışsın...
phwall (6785) 2008-10-10 17:04
Exceptional photograph and an exceptional note.
It must be an amazing feeling to be in this holy place and be taking photographs. I'm surprised the two women in the foreground would allow you to include them in your shot.
The architecture looks incredible, and the light is marvelous.
Thank you for showing us this remarkable mosque.
atus (15838) 2008-10-10 17:33
probably the country is one of my next destinations so it is great to see this excellent shot from this fantastic old mosque. Your very low pov is perfectly working here, while the low light is very well managed. I like the composition with the women in the fg. 'cause add balance and perspective. Very well done!
Tfs and have a great weekend.
hispic (9619) 2008-10-10 20:15
An impressive shot! women in black walking toward you have produced a great movement in this image of the solemn and beautiful inside of the mosque. Caught a wonderful moment with an excellent composition, and the colors are also well rendered despite dark light.
Have a nice weekend, Hisashi
thea0211 (1365) 2008-10-10 23:24
really impressed on how you managed to keep that timeless feel here. and that's just the beginning.
the movement induced by their moving clothes, their strong/curious glances toward you, the other 'participants', the slightly desaturated (i think) tones, all very, very well handled and presented.
you were obviously "in the middle" of it and still a brilliant observer.
ok, they passed you (quite close) by but was your camera at sight? are you even allowed with the camera in there? your camera is obviously not a point&shoot.
good, rich photography ... very well done!
bantonbuju (51765) 2008-10-10 23:34
man, how i envy you this opportunity to be in syria, to be able to step on that ancient land, visit those precious treasures of world's culture...
TopGeo (38168) 2008-10-11 0:41
Hi Deniz! Present one still picture from the important and background this Grand Mosque of Damascus. I know also [Inside the mosque is a small shrine of John the Baptist (Prophet Yahia to the Muslims) where tradition holds that the head of John (and perhaps his entire body) are buried. Adjacent to the prayer hall, along the eastern wall of the courtyard, is the entrance to a finely tiled shrine chamber. According to different traditions this shrine holds the head of Zechariah, the father of St. John the Baptist or the head of Hussein, the son of Imam Ali (the son in law of Muhammad and the forth of the `Rightly Guided Caliphs').] I thank that you gave elements from that monument and it was given me the occasion to find in Google despite a lot of notes.
Gerrit (43775) 2008-10-11 0:48
Fantastic photo. I like especially the grouping of the women walking in two directions.
The woman looking at you provides a strong tension.
The building is very impressive.
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-10-11 1:04
A great catch.
Your POV is perfect, and you exposed perfectly.
Have a nice day,
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-10-11 1:41
Gone a Long Way Through History kadar guzel diil ama yine de cok etkileyici. bu carsaflilar baska ulkelerde olunca estetik, bizde olunca aci verici detay mi oluyor? ;)
mesajini simdi gordum. ama benzetemedim. nasil bi ikizlik bu? ruh ikizligi mi? :PP
faubry (35401) 2008-10-11 2:04
again a superb scene caught Deniz,i like two pairs women, opposite side,and two men, all by pairs...
have a good day
delkoo (68) 2008-10-11 2:13
Here, you have handled it wisely, beautifully, and sincerely, excellent low POV on the women coming on you, great moment .
Floydian (30970) 2008-10-11 2:42
These are the kind of photo's we're all after once being in such a place. Stunning composition with the two woman towards you. I think you were sitting on the floor because the pov is low and that is exactly what this picture need...being humble in such a place.
Timing, her hand before her face, great...well done..!!!
Have a nice weekend, Henk
mesutilgim (79428) 2008-10-11 3:25
Selam sevgili Deniz,
Yeremi yatmıştın, bu bakış açısını yakalamak için ?
Her ne hal ise, çok güzel olmuş. Işık mükemmel, kadraj ve çerçeve mükemmel. Verdiğin bilgi notları da, mükemmelden de mükemmel.
Gözüne gönlüne sağlık
Selma ve sevgiler
PixelTerror (0) 2008-10-11 3:27
erh the low PoV... been crawling on the ground ? hired a mouse to take your images ?
For sure that gives a special effect to the image, and the two ladies must still be laughing when they think about that moment, ah those turkish photographers... ;-)
Have a nice week end JY
Budapestman (82620) 2008-10-11 5:01
What could I say about this superb work? The wonderful collection of the photo and the note for those virtues, because I like to come back regularly to you and onto the sides of the trekearth. The note enriches the photo with emotions and superb thoughts. The composition very beautiful, the details wonderful. The title adjusts to the message of the photo and the note wonderfully. Have a nice weekend!
MarcT (20958) 2008-10-11 6:20
Great inside view of a very special place.
You captured the light and atmosphere of the place really well.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2008-10-11 10:13
The atmosphere...excellent. The typical view that some of us have about a mosque!!!
noborders (1010) 2008-10-11 13:18
Wow Deniz, it's a fantastic photo - I guess that you were sitting on the carpets at a strategic position ; great that you were not intimidated by these 2 ladies heading straight at you!
I think that I prefer this photo, compared with the other one : I like the gesture that the woman on the left is doing with her hand, like addressing you - she seems in such a dominating, even threateningly high position ;-))
Really great !
setenay (7660) 2008-10-11 13:47
Şam ı henüz göremedim ama özellikle Ümeyye camii karelerinle önceden çok iyi tanımış olduk.Kadınların cami içinde rahat dolanmaları dikkat çekici,çok turistik olanlar dışında bizim camilerimizde kadınlar bölümü üst katlarda,camiye girmeden dolayısıyla erkeklere gözükülmeden ana girişten hemen yukarı çıkılıyor.Çarşaflı olupta çorapsız oluşlarıda enterasan,bizde buda asla olmaz.Netlik ve Işığı mükemmel kullanımınla Roma sütunların detayları çok güzel görünüyor.Tebrikler eline sağlık
pandoraTE (2321) 2008-10-11 14:29
Hakikaten havalı olmuş bu çaşaflar. Bizimkiler çarşaflara yeni yeni bürünmeye başladığı için taşıyamıyorlar, düşmesin diye sıkı sıkı sarıyorlar. Bunlar alışkın:)
Geçenlerde Konya'dan geçerken bir ilan gördüm "kız öğrenciler için bilmem ne camii hizmete açılmıştır" yazıyordu.
yedirenk (11244) 2008-10-11 15:05
Merhaba Deniz bey,
kara çarşafı kadınlarda hiç mi hiç tasvip etmem ama,bu karede inanılmaz bir etki yaratmış.alan derinliği,bakış açınız,soft ışık ve detaylarıyla çok şık bir fotoğraf çokk.film tadında yine.emeğinize sağlık.selamlar
ALIRIZA (16423) 2008-10-12 0:21
İlk başts alışılmış bir kare gibi gelse de giden ve gelen ikililerle dengeli bir kompozisyon ve güzel bri iç mekan çalışması. Ellerine sağlık...
Selamlar, iyi hafta sonları...
BennyV (13538) 2008-10-12 1:19
What a great shot, Deniz. Many things I like, most have been applauded here before. Did someone mention the timeless grainy effect? The perfect, slightly desaturated (?) colours?
A stunning shot.
Cretense (68681) 2008-10-12 5:36
Amazing scene, fantastic atmosphere, great "natural" portrait, a decisive moment in my opinion, with the ladies looking at you, with curiosity (?), fantastic framing and composition, and excellent architectonic details in the background! Congratulations!
AROBN54 (11471) 2008-10-12 8:33
what an extraordinary photograph. Beautifully composed, perfect perspective, wonderful straight lines in the architecture. The lighting and the somewhat subdued colors are just awesome. The capture of the movement, the balance - a fantastic note to accompany it. Absolutely fabulous. Many thanks and warm regards,
Silvio1953 (115213) 2008-10-12 9:55
Ciao Dniz, great view of wonderful architecture, splendid composition with women in black in FG, very well done, ciao Silvio
scalerman (26900) 2008-10-12 10:03
Deniz: this image has a very argentic, film-like feel to it - perhaps the noise has a grain reference in it. It reminds one of a magazine image. fine work. regards, c
erel (11888) 2008-10-12 10:12
Kompozisyon, kadraj, ve ışık çok güzel....
Deniz bey bursa fotoğrafıma siz tarafından yakıştırılan sahte gök fikrini şiddetle kınıyorum ,tamamen ülkemizden bir gün doğumu , ayrıca herhangi bir montaj gökyüzü, hiç bir fotoğrafımda yoktur...üzldüm... AYDIN EREL
ninaL (21348) 2008-10-12 10:17
Georgious one, no doubt.
Excellent composition, dynamic, colors, and general presentation.
Best regards. Grazyna.
alibasarir (15580) 2008-10-12 14:18
merhaba deniz bey
son derece güzel bir kompozisyon olmuş.caminin iç atmosferini nefis yansıtmışsın.hem modellerin katkısı hemde teknik güzel.özellikle keskin detaylar ve ışık harika elinize sağlık.
bwiti (402) 2008-10-12 16:19
Superbe cette photo ! Elle donne l'impression que tu y as ajouté une texture... En tout cas le rendu est absolument prodigieux, un mélange plein d'élégance de peinture et de photographie... Vraiment parfait.
Paolo (41222) 2008-10-13 1:13
Wonderful one Deniz, wonderful one, with that POV so close to the carpets and the fantastic depth of field inside the mosque!
burGu (4840) 2008-10-13 1:29
Korkut'un benzetmesinin üstüne ben yazacak birşey bulamıyorum, zira fotoğrafa olan konsantrasyonum bozuldu.
Ben de hatunun çıplak ayağına taktım yalnız, neden çorap giymemiş acaba...
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-10-13 8:33
thanks for showing us this important place, full of spirit and history.
I like the low POV and how you captured the different persons in different distances.
gokanlam (6605) 2008-10-14 8:42
complimentary olanini hemen hatirladim bakmadan.. ayni kcaman gorkemli cami.. alttan bakis cok guzel olmus Denizcim.. kadraj da cok dengeli.. 1600'un verdigi grenler de cok gitmis, ben bazi fotolarima gren ekliyorum ve gozume hic guzel gorunmuyor, ama sen bu grenleri iyi kullaniyorsun gercekten, eline saglik, optum.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2008-10-17 1:34
What a great angle but I specially like the way you have isolated these two women and combined them with the other two women behind on their right,
its like they match!!!
salvator (19102) 2008-10-17 5:34
Mistik havayi guzel yansitmissin. renkler guzel gorunuyor.
Eline saglik. Selamlar, sevgiler. Salvator.
Vato_Law (12720) 2008-10-19 2:23
your pov brings so much strength to this photo! look at them as two giants approaching you while their twins make the guard on the opposite side :)
You should had a very good camouflage to avoid them giving you a kick in the head for photographing them so straight forward, specially as we know that at those stopes they really do not appreciate this at all.
The mosque is such a wonderful complement for these two ladies, but for me it's the way you did it that makes the photo.
Tezic (17865) 2008-10-19 12:42
insan figürlerinin detaylarla bütünleşen yerleşimleri sayesinde nefis bir kompozisyon olmuş... derinlik ve öndeki iki figürün enfes konumu ile çok başarılı bir kare... tebrikler...
vapours (8264) 2008-10-19 17:49
Impressive image Deniz, a great presence here from these two women..the feeling of tradition and history is strong..youve done well.
marietom (34607) 2008-10-23 2:49
très belle atmosphère dans cette image. C'est superbement composé, dans un très beau décor.
eversmile (11628) 2008-10-23 5:14
Here is an excellent composition and a great story. A very well balanced shot and a brave one, too! I have read your answer to phwall so I won't ask what happened next... but that's the first question that came to my mind!
donluicu (24718) 2008-11-16 9:08
the very low pov is really excellent,
your 1600 iso allows you to shot without tripod to obtai anyway a good 1/50, enough to capture the women with only a little blur
SWEBackpacker (235) 2008-11-23 4:08
This is a very good composition with the two black ladies in the foreground creating a very strong diagonal to the black ladies in the background. The background is rendered with straight angles and nothing is cropped that's disturbs the viewer. To strengthen this excellent picture further I would have chosen to crop out the males and the boy on the left hand side of the picture. This strengthens the diagonal between the black ladies even further. As it is now the males steal attention from this diagonal that is the pictures main compositional idea.
Best regards from
MichaelTrezzi (3347) 2009-06-13 3:06
excellent shot, excellent POV and great composition. Didn't they tell you, that they do not want you to take pictures of them ? After having returned from Istanbul, I have to say, that mosques are excellennt places to make wonderful pictures, just don't like the tables restricting the time and space of taking photos. Well done. Kind regards, Michael
Miguel82 (19457) 2013-08-27 5:50
A country suffering at the moment Deniz, this is a excellent image of mosque interior
The carpets has nice patterns, good pov and clear shot
Have a nice day
holmertz (36459) 2014-01-10 4:19
I just discovered another chance to make one of your older pictures reach the useless but amusing level of 100 points ;-). This photo is well worth that "honour" because of the low POV which gives us such a good look of the women as well as the interior of the mosque. The glimpses of people further back give us a good idea of the atmosphere in this great temple. I was here in 1994 and really cherish the experience. I have the impression that the major mosque in Aleppo is severely damaged and it would be a terrible loss if this one goes the same way.
Angshu (54521) 2014-03-05 21:27
This picture and another from your Damascus shots adorn the cover page of beta TE today...lucky I stumbled into it today.
Fascinating this picture as well the one in WS. Both the pics appear to have been taken sitting down, camera on the ankle, finger on shutter & looking elsewhere...Lovely work for the candidness part...or is it that the lady on the right was suspicious of you?
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34109)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 15:27
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