The St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church at the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, Belgium. In French, it is called Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule and in Dutch Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal, usually shortened to "Sint-Goedele".
In 1047, Lambert II, Count of Leuven founded a chapter in this church and organized the transportation of the relics of Saint Gudula, housed before then in Saint Gaugericus Church on Saint-Géry Island. The patron saints of the church, archangel St. Michael and the martyr St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels.
In the thirteenth century, the cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style. The choir was constructed between 1226 and 1276. The façade was completed in the mid-fifteenth century.
It is an archiepiscopal cathedral of the Archbishop of Mechlin-Brussels, the Primate of Belgium, currently Archbishop André-Mutien Léonard. It is located in the national capital and therefore often used for Catholic ceremonies of national interest, such as royal marriages and state funerals.
The south tower contains a 49-bell carillon by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry on which Sunday concerts are often given. The dimensions of the building are: overall length 114 metres (374 ft), implemented[clarification needed] length 109 metres (358 ft), exterior width at the choir 57 metres (187 ft), interior width 54 metres (177 ft), height of towers 64 metres (210 ft).
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mjw364 (1400) 2013-01-07 3:31
Good Maorning Daniel
An informative note. I like the way you have handled the light here with a slightly slow shutter speed. The image has acold feel but warmth is added from the yellow spot lights on the cathedral. Well composed with a sense of scale provided by the bench and person in the foreground relative to the height of the cathedral.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-01-07 3:31
striking light in this irresistible shot. Your execution is flawless and and the composition enticing and tantalising. Beautiful place and beautifully captured.
Have a good week - Brian.
snunney (101634) 2013-01-07 3:44
So we continue on our nocturnal tour of the lovely Belgian capital. I like the point of view here and the animated atmosphere. The image is nicely exposed giving the perfect evocation of the 'blue hour'. I like the framing offered by the lace-work of trees. Very good colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (82815) 2013-01-07 5:45
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage vertical qui apporte ampleur et profondeur à la composition. L'éclairage est superbe et bien géré.J'aime les passants devant qui apportent du mouvement.
amaryllis (37039) 2013-01-07 8:43
une belle perspective sur cette magnifique cathédrale à l'heure bleue qui commence
ton cadrage nous permet d'apprécier toute la façade d'entrée avec la promenade devant sur le parvis
jacquest (18927) 2013-01-07 8:45
The vertical format is well chosen. The distance to the church creates deepness while the people add life. The end of the day light is well managed and the sharpness is good. Great architecture this cathedral.
Nicou (145150) 2013-01-07 8:51
quelle vue sur cette cathédrale de nuit forma allongé parfait et vue nocturne maîtrise des tons les personnage et cette belle architecture fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
vasilpro (41619) 2013-01-07 9:35
Wonderful composition,, beautiful atmosphere, lovely light and colours tones, excellent POV, TFS!
After many days today is my first day on 2013 writing critiques, so Happy New Year, Vasilis.
carlo62 (50800) 2013-01-07 15:30
hai visitato il Belgio di notte, ma non ti sei lasciato sfuggire niente, tutto fotografato alla perfezione.
Esposizione perfetta per riprendere questa scena in cui domina l'elegante cattedrale, con i passanti a fare da cornice.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-01-07 21:56
Joli cadrage de cette église délicieusement éclairée. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs douces de l'image.
delpeoples (58804) 2013-01-07 23:31
Hi dear Daniel
Excellent Blue Hour photo, the exposition is sensational and the perspective is wonderful. I couldn't ask more from a photo, excellent job. Thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely day
claudeD (39871) 2013-01-08 1:19
you are presenting here another very fine blue hour picture from Brussels with a very good light managment.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Silvio1953 (146643) 2013-01-08 3:52
Ciao Daniel, fascinating blue hour, lovely composition with beautiful church, nice scene, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (44688) 2013-01-08 4:23
Thanks for this postcard from Brussels. I have not been here since 1999. Good presentation of the beautiful architecture in the blue hour. Splendid colours!
All the best wishes,
kasianowak (9407) 2013-01-08 6:07
Beautiful blue hour shot. Balanced composition and exposure. Nice hint of movement too.
adramad (46944) 2013-01-08 7:58
Beautiful view of the cathedral is the blue hour, which gives a great charm along with night lighting, nice POV framed by those tree branches, which give a good graphics to image.
Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (75592) 2013-01-08 14:07
Very beautiful Cathedral!
Very attractive urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
emka (100815) 2013-01-08 14:33
Hi daniel, beautiful series of your Brussel's photos. very nioce blue hour shot. Nice colours and composition.
abmdsudi (55604) 2013-01-09 8:09
Thanks to the infor notes and credit to superb control of highlights and exposure to include lots of detail in subtle clarity and colors on the prominent interest. A very well composed image and stunning use of warm colors to drag the eyes in that really has strong effect. Sharpness is superb and excellent human interaction. Beautifully done, Congrats
Cricri (121227) 2013-01-09 11:15
Une belle vue de la cathédrale dans un début de l'heure bleu, bonne perspective , détails et cadrage, très belle réalisation
maria-v1981 (10932) 2013-01-11 10:58
Great lighting effects in this photo. Great angle and interesting composition. The tree branches coming on the right and left are a nice touch. Really good. Nice informative note also.
Have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (60709)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D60
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Christmas 2012 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-07 1:50