Eastern bastions of the castle, Malbork Castle
This 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators.
Malbork Castle is the most complete and elaborate example of the Gothic brick castle complex in the characteristic and unique style of the Teutonic Order, which evolved independently from the contemporary castles of western Europe and the Near East. The spectacular fortress represents the phenomenon of the monastic state in Prussia, founded in the 13th century and developed in the 14th century by the German communities of military monks who carried out crusades against the pagan Prussians on the south Baltic coast. The fortified monastery on the River Nogat represents the drama of Christianity in the late Middle Ages, stretched between extremes of sanctity and violence.
Over a span of two hundred years, since the 18th Century, the Malbork Castle has remained one of the major objects of European fascination with medieval history and its material remains. It also became a sign of the tendency to treat history and its monuments as instruments in the service of political ideologies.
From the 19th century onwards Malbork Castle has been the subject of restoration that contributed in an exceptional way to the development of research and conservation theory and practice. At the same time many forgotten medieval art and craft techniques were rediscovered. Extensive conservation works were carried out in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following the severe damage that it incurred in the final stage of World War II, the castle was restored once again. (Source: unesco.org)
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elkab (4951) 2011-09-24 1:41
Very atmospheric shot with natural framing. Super composition. Perfect light management. Moody tones of colors. Perfect sharpness of details
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-09-24 2:13
Ola George ,
Bonita composiçăo vertical com este arco em primeiro plano gostei da sua silhueta , bonitos os detalhes de fundo do castelo , tem uns belos telhados , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
snunney (85579) 2011-09-24 2:43
The pointed arch makes a good frame of the massive castle buildings in the background. I like the orangey red tones and detail to be observed in the architecture. Have a good weekend.
dkmurphys (50184) 2011-09-24 2:57
I like the view through the arcade. Well catch, nice scene. You've captured a fine postcard.
dale54 (6647) 2011-09-24 3:05
what a view!! hi george!fantastic color in this,sharp as well,and i like the natural frame.have a great day! dr
limielski (0) 2011-09-24 3:07
You presents Gdansk, Malbork very precisely it is great work. nd your works are very beautiful. Here you show us very good composed shot with a natural framing, very good sharpness and iteresting object, of course.
Have a nice weekend.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-09-24 3:54
What a beautiful view seen through the arch. I like the blue, red and green color combination. You have captured all the details very clearly. Nice colors and a very sharp image.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-09-24 4:07
a great POV and framing of this magnificent fortress. Excellent clarity and sharpness and very accomplished light management. Wonderful.
Enjoy your weekend - regards Brian.
dta (68024) 2011-09-24 5:33
Hello George ,
Excellent choice of POV , to frame the castle by the arch .
Well done .
Sergiom (61944) 2011-09-24 6:00
J'aime beaucoup ce genre de composition. L'arche entoure parfaitement le sujet principal qui brille au soleil et lui fournit un cadre parfait.
jurek1951 (42160) 2011-09-24 7:30
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful building. Very sharp and good colors and well balanced.
ChrisJ (100066) 2011-09-24 7:36
Nice framing of the bg castle with the fg arch. Good warm vs cold colour contrast between the reddish brick & blue sky. Excellent depth & clarity. Tfs!
danos (87873) 2011-09-24 9:11
nice this natural frame through it we can see the eastern bastions of the castle of the city.I like the excellent light and colour management as your clever idea to frame it with the foreground arch.
Have a good afternoon,danos
cornejo (32722) 2011-09-24 11:22
Helló György, egy jó fotó a kastély nagyon jól keretezi az ív, ami egy szép nagyon jól sikerült, jó és szép munka, gratulálok. Jó éjszakát és boldog vasárnap.
mesutilgim (86034) 2011-09-24 12:59
Hello dear George,
Good idea to make this shot through this old gate which causes a natural framing.
Very good pov and layout.
TFS and have a nice weekend
bukitgolfb301 (36442) 2011-09-24 14:31
Hi my dear George
Sorry for my late reaction, as I was a little away for shoting another festival. I am enjoying your this sereies very much. This is so wonderful shot indeed. Great ptesentation for the great framework due to your sophisticated high sense! So sharp and clear and comfortable moody image as usual.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a beautiful Sunday, Best regrads.
Takero from Tokyo in Autumn
siamesa (27747) 2011-09-24 15:05
Boa noite George
Very beautiful the view of the castle through the arc.
Colors, point of view and sharpness are marvelous. Congratulations and TFS
ashres (1075) 2011-09-24 22:25
nice idea of taking the photo to use the gate as natural frame. the exposure is nice as one can see the castle in sunlight as well as the white lines on bricks of the frame. the information provided is also nice, well captured
Graal (98283) 2011-09-24 23:20
Jó napot George,
another good presentation of fragment the famous castle in Poland. Good note and well done photo.
Have a nice Sunday.
vasilpro (40943) 2011-09-24 23:51
Wonderful composition, excellent POV and framing with the arch, beautiful view to that interesting castle, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and contrast, TFS!
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
jemaflor (86040) 2011-09-25 2:53
Good idea for this frame, good result with this window, ideal and original for a shot about this tower, light is well managed, tfs.
francio64 (38381) 2011-09-25 14:53
bella vista del castello visto attraverso l'arco che in controluce fa da ottima cornice naturale.
Good idea! TFS!
Silvio1953 (124571) 2011-09-27 5:01
Ciao George, lovely composition with beautiful castle well framed by arch, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ravinmb (1303) 2011-09-28 1:01
This is beautiful image with natural framing.. very sharp and clear image.. well managed the brightness.. very good composition..
Have a great day.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-19
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Malbork Castle [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-24 0:50