‘Tatev Monastery - Church of St. Mary’
The Church of St. Mary seen from the portal of the Sts. Paul and Peter Church in Tatev.
The Church of St. Mary was built on the defensive wall around the monastery and dates from the 11th century but has been damaged twice by earthquakes during the past century.
Information from Wikipedia:
The Tatev Monastery (Armenian: Տաթևի վանք) is a 9th-century monastery located on a large basalt plateau near Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia.
The term ‘Tatev’ usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.
The monastery consists of three churches (Sts. Paul and Peter, St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Mary), a library, dining hall, belfry, mausoleum as well as other administrative and auxiliary buildings.
In the 14th and 15th centuries Tatev Monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting.
Scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent periods in its history.
The monastery was seriously damaged after an earthquake in 1931. The dome of the Sts. Paul and Peter church and the bell tower were destroyed. In the latter years the Sts. Paul and Peter church was reconstructed.
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Sonata11 (33526) 2014-03-27 21:43
Wow! fantastic capture of this architecture through the interesting arch. Amazing colors, sharpness, clarity and light. Wonderfully composed image. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
Best regards, Barbara
COSTANTINO (58665) 2014-03-27 23:03
Good morning dear friend
nice to see shots like this one with
monasterys the chosen point of view
is original showing from the opening
this old church the greenery adds
freshness and people up there life
wonderfully composed image
have a nice evening and weekend
dta (70313) 2014-03-27 23:16
Bonjour Paul ,
J'aime beaucoup ce genre de cadrage à travers arches et colonnes . DE beaux détails dans la pierre au premier plan .
emka (83992) 2014-03-27 23:27
Hi Paul, I can't wait to see it:) I checked in Google what the weather can be next Thursday when I want to visit it. And it is quite strange that on different pages there are quite different forecasts. I saw that in next week it could be -15 but also +15. I must be well prepared.
Beautiful composition using the arch as framing. These pink walls look so lovely. Fun to see the group posing for photo. Excellent shot.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jadesgran (5369) 2014-03-27 23:51
An excellent picture taken through the portal of a near by church.Well composed ,good colours and clarity.
I like the inclusion of the people giving scale to the buildings.
dip (23820) 2014-03-28 0:18
I like the way you captured and framed this beautiful scene of the church and the people through the arch,
a beautiful photo with interesting details of architecture,
thanks for sharing,
jemaflor (88059) 2014-03-28 0:22
Bien cadré avec ce porche qui guide le regard vers le monument, bonne gestion de la lumière, plaisantes teintes.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-03-28 0:23
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
mohammad_H (9696) 2014-03-28 0:25
The use of slot arcades, photo frame, eye-catching and has an attractive appearance, beautiful High Definition
Best wishes to you
carlo62 (37153) 2014-03-28 1:02
bella inquadratura, la cornice è perfettamente adeguata al soggetto.
Ottima qualità e piacevole la presenza del gruppo colorato che si fa fotografare.
Una bella idea ben realizzata.
lousat (80995) 2014-03-28 3:25
Hi Paul,very nice idea to take a pic inside this beautiful monastery,the details are a bit soft,but i like a lot the perspective,the colors and the perfet exposure of the different light levels,another very interesting pic.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (65111) 2014-03-28 4:56
Tu as su trouver le point de vue parfait en passant sous l'arche pour mettre en vedette ce beau bâtiment en arrière plan. Les personnages donnent une belle relation dimensionnelle.Les couleurs sont joliment saturées.
dkmurphys (51356) 2014-03-28 5:52
A very artistic choice to illustrate the monastery. I like it, well taken.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
claudeD (34757) 2014-03-28 7:11
excellent fotojob you are sharing here. You have found an excellent framing to show this old architecture in a perfect way. Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
chrislo (4155) 2014-03-28 7:14
Wat een mooie en leuke compositie heb je goed opgemerkt ! Fraaie doorkijk naar deze kerk, heel mooi in beeld gebracht en mooi ingekaderd door de pijlers. De kleuren en licht zijn perfect. Ook de scherptediepte is heel goed samengesteld. De mensen die zich laten fotograferen geven een levendig beeld en tonen dat dit klooster een toeristische plek moet zijn. Heel goed werk.
Ik wens je een heel prettig weekend toe.
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-03-28 8:14
another great picture of this stunning piece of architecture. No wonder people on the terrace pose for the photo - I would be taking loads of shots there too :-)
I like the POV in this picture very much. The pillars provide good foreground and also frame the view neatly. Well done for setting up the sharpness - we can actually enjoy all the details in proper focus. Nicely composed and with pretty colors.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day
adramad (39770) 2014-03-28 10:57
Sensational and beautiful POV, you have made this architectural wonder, I love how you framed the church and its original dome, within the space of half arch we see in extreme close-up, stunning work.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Enjoy a good weekend.
holmertz (43619) 2014-03-28 11:46
This is a very neatly composed photo. Capturing things through a gate or a vault is a well used method and sometimes it works well, which is certainly the case here. There is a very good exposure and sharpness on both levels and very pleasant late afternoon colours. Sometimes I am disturbed by groups of tourists in a photo, but these people really add something to the view. Not just the usual colours and life but also the impression that this is a special place worth visiting. Anyway they are so far away that they don't steal the limellight.
cornejo (34626) 2014-03-28 12:20
Hi Paul, excellent photography of this very good and interesting arch framed by interesting composition, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
jcpix (13726) 2014-03-28 20:20
Some of the best compositions come from utilizing the natural surrounding architecture or elements to create the frame-within-a-frame...and so it's easy to enjoy this one at first sight! :)
Wonderful timing to capture the small group of people along the wall, they give a strong sense of scale. I love the big, bold foreground arch bolstering both sides of the frame. You certainly don't disappoint, this is another super photo in your gallery...always looking forward to the next! Have a great weekend. All the best.
Thanks for laughs, your notes on my casino picture made me smile!
Corry (4508) 2014-03-28 21:01
Beau point de vue pour nous présenter l'architecture de l'église Sainte-Marie. Bonne utilisation de l'arche pour cadrer l'image. Bien fait.
papagolf21 (89023) 2014-03-29 0:58
Bonjour, cher Paul,
Le choix du cadrage est très original et valorise le sujet général.
De plus, la qualité photographique est remarquable.
Un sujet bien traité et fort bien présenté.
jhm (142780) 2014-03-29 2:21
U bent niet alleen een goede fotograaf, maar ook een echte kunstenaar, mijn oude docent in de academie zou gezegd hebben, manneke begin maar eens een schilderijtje te maken, of een pentekening.
Dit laatste heb ik vele jaren gedaan als hobby, tot mijn ogen gingen verslechten, nu zou het opnieuw gaan, door mijn nieuwe implantaat lenzen, multifocaal.
Heel goede beschrijving met een schitterende foto, gemaakt met kennis en overleg.
Mooi foto werk Paul. Bedankt.
Geniet van het eerste prachtig lente weekend,
John uit Oost-Vlaanderen.
mesutilgim (88122) 2014-03-29 3:30
Nice capture from Armenia. A good lecture for "perfect pov" !
Many interesting and usefull notes, nice framing.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ChrisJ (102685) 2014-03-29 4:58
I nice capture of the group on the bg terrace posing for a photo. Good use of the fg columns and pillars to frame the bg scene. Excellent sharpness and good warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky and pale red magenta stone. Tfs!
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-29 7:26
A nice shot of the monastery from the ground, Paul, as opposed to up atop another peak looking down. Your framing is superb here, as is your catch of another group taking their own memorable portrait here. Thanks!
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-29 9:55
un'altra bella foto dall'Armenia con le sue chiese antiche, la gente semplice ed il paesaggio sempre ricco di verde.
Una inquadratura particolare, ma anche ben riuscita che incornicia molto bene la particolare architettura cristiana.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rychem (26722) 2014-03-29 10:01
Nice idea to use the arch as framing, great view of the church, excellent management of light and great depth
siudzi (34131) 2014-03-29 13:08
Like the framing of this presentation which added something very special to the main subject. Creative and original capture taken with a good quality. Well seen and done. TFS!
npecanhuk (69108) 2014-03-29 14:14
Very beautiful details!
Very attractive and interesting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
You surely making us all want to visit those places that are totally off-the-beaten-track ones!
TFS - congrats,
SWEETFREEDOM (23236) 2014-03-30 5:00
nice the natural frame of the arch.
good architecture and colors.
boa (6225) 2014-03-30 13:07
it is very nice to travel through others pictures, especially when i see creative compositions like this:)Excellent use of the vault for this shot of this ancient, interesting monastery. Good depth, light and colors, a top class picture!
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-03-30 22:48
Well composed with excellent textures in the stone archway Paul. I do like the fact that there is a small group of people enjoying the lovely old architecture. Nicely seen
Have a good week
abmdsudi (45592) 2014-03-31 5:16
Another superb capture, the typical ancient Armenian architecture and the eye-catching colours with green and blue certainly stand out against the matured earthy tones. A well framed image as the mighty columns invite viewer to peek thru' deeper inside to the imposing structure, and the visitors are essential ingredient enhancing the depth adding so much interest into the whole scene as strong point of focus. Indeed a grand capture seamlessly done, Congrats.
Cricri (110253) 2014-03-31 11:49
Tout bon l'utilisation de l'arche et des colonnes qui fait un merveilleux cadre a l'église
netteté et couleurs excellente, belle réalisation
mkamionka (31937) 2014-04-01 14:19
I like very much this original framing. It feels very massive and contrasts nicely with the tiny church behind. But I guess this is just the impression.
Beautiful architecture, again so unique to this region. Great weather day and attractive light.
photoray (13160) 2014-04-01 16:53
Excellent vertical view of St. Mary through the massive arch window. This must be a wonderful historical and architectural place to visit with a rich past.
Thanks for sharing,
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-04 1:41
the beauty and splendor of the architecture is obvious,so I´ll concentrate myself on the composition itself.It´s really well-thought composition,where you used perfectly the arch to frame the main subject.It helps you also to achieve also more expressive effect with the DOF.
PS.Yes,I´ve spent only 1 day in Istanbul(precisely 16 hours),but hope to come back there next year,this time for longer.
Have a nice day
eldancer1 (30710) 2014-04-07 7:26
You found a good vantage point to photograph this beautiful church and nice to have the people for scale. Good pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-04-08 20:49
Paul, your point of view deserves a big applause!! the composition is simple majestic!!
gervaso (11020) 2014-04-24 9:26
Wonderful view of the church, with the border making the picture even more attractive! Beautiful architectural details, excellent colors and sharpness! Great job!
tulipan7 (750) 2014-09-17 13:51
This brings nice memories - I have a photo with almost the same view but not of the same quality... And I have the photo from the same place this group of five had their photo taken...
Tatev Monastery is exceptional place and this photo present it in the same, exceptional way... Very nice!