Arched corridor in the high castle, Malbork
The High Castle was the convent of the Teutonic Order in the final phase. It is square in plan, with a central courtyard, and it contained living accommodation for the knights, with dormitories, refectories, kitchens and extensive storage facilities. Attached to it is the Conventual Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, originally on the first floor of the eastern wing and extended outside the perimeter of the High Castle with a new presbytery. The main portal, the Golden Gate, retains much of its original polychrome decoration.
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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snunney (85539) 2011-09-25 0:36
A fine capture of this cloistered colonnade. The lighting was not easy but you have managed reasonably well. The detail in the vaulting and brick work is very well rendered.
lousat (78329) 2011-09-25 0:36
Hi George,beautiful composition,very elegant and rich of details and colors,very impressive light balance for a great result,wasn't easy! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
amaryllis (35161) 2011-09-25 0:51
une superbe photo architecturale de cet intérieur du chateau sous les arcades, une bonne profondeur, le plafond est superbe, une lumière bien géré, une superbe architecture
besnard (53786) 2011-09-25 1:08
Une belle profondeur d'imagte de ce corridor qui fait penser à un cloitre.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
dkmurphys (50144) 2011-09-25 1:14
Lovely arcades and architectural details. I love the warm tones of the walls. Nice graphical effects, well catch.
Have a beautiful Sunday.
jjcordier (76876) 2011-09-25 1:53
L'endroit est beau! Une jolie perspective et des couleurs chaudes.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-09-25 3:45
Your photographic subjects are always interesting and impressive. Lovely shot of this arched corridor with architectural details and warm colors. I like the light and shade play here. Nice sharp image.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-09-25 4:44
a beautiful shot of this corridor, the light management is amazing. Wonderfully detailed and executed perfectly. Excellent!
Have a great Sunday - regards Brian.
jurek1951 (42160) 2011-09-25 6:41
splendid view of fantastic interior, wonderful perspective, superb light, very well done,
elkab (4951) 2011-09-25 9:43
This is a beautiful composition: the view is very nice. Especialy I like the red tones of the walls and play of lights on the walls and the ways
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-09-25 10:49
You presented us a beautiful architecture of castle Malbork. Fine arcades, good exposure despite difficult conditions.
All the best,
mauro61 (52623) 2011-09-25 10:49
bella foto d'interno con il susseguirsi di archi e finestre.
Omogenea la tonalità con i turisti a vivacizzare la scena,
bukitgolfb301 (36414) 2011-09-25 12:42
Hi my dear George
Unusual indoor shot as you, but of corse always tasteful.
Perfect light and color control by usage of shades and light. Very thick color tone in total.Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good start of a new week, Best regrads.
Takero from so cool Tokyo
siamesa (27747) 2011-09-25 12:52
Boa tarde George
Beautiful details of the arcs.
Fantastic architecture and beautiful color of the walls.
vasilpro (40939) 2011-09-25 12:56
Wonderful interior composition, beautiful arches and interesting architectural details, lovely light and vivid colors, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, excellent POV.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
limielski (0) 2011-09-25 13:40
I remember this place. Technically is very difficult to take a photo, here - because of a very bright light in the windows and a dark interior. But in your shot the exposition is excellent. Colors, sharpness - ten points!
Have a nice evening!
ChrisJ (100042) 2011-09-25 20:42
Excellent sharpness & shadow detail with nice repetition of the vaulted arches. I like the warm colours. Good light contrasts & framing. Tfs!
Graal (98261) 2011-09-25 23:21
Jó napot George,
another interesting the fragment of Malbork Castle. Nice perspective and details of architecture.
It is a pity that I did not know that there will be. Perhaps we met up. I live near.
Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (66804) 2011-09-26 2:25
Great interior photograph!
Special regards to the management of light, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week,
Silvio1953 (124475) 2011-09-28 9:48
Ciao George, splendid perspective on beautiful architecture, fascinating composition with fantastic light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (44196) 2011-09-29 10:30
An intriguing and rustic alley way which render special charm and atmosphere, rich in warm color tones. What a poignant shot and you managed to have got a wonderful balance of light and shade and lots to interest the eye. Impressive compo with good lead in taking us through the path. The detail is crisp throughout, I am in particular love to see the textures in the intricade stonework, More importantly human interaction in contrasting coor further generate the interest. Good work, Congrats
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-19
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/45 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Malbork Castle [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-25 0:27