zie naa goe...here's another picture of home
The Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal) is the biggest gothic church of the Low Countries. They began building it in 1352 and somewhat gave up two centuries later, leaving one of the two towers unfinished. I guess it must have been some kind of financial crisis. The more things change, the more they stay the same?
Mind you, I think the result is pretty impressive nevertheless. I'll never forget - it was just after I'd moved to Antwerp - overhearing a proud local dad telling his little kid, as they were standing in front of the cathedral, to "look up, son, now THAT is architecture!" - or in the local parlance: "zie naa goe, want da is naa ne paerel van arkitectuur". Untranslatable stuff!
And our cathedral is big in Japan for because this is where the finale takes place in "A Dog in Flanders", the 1872 novel about poor Nello and his faithful dog Patrache. The final scene, that's where everybody dies in front of the Rubens triptych.
This picture is the classic view from the Suikerrui (street), that's with my back towards the river Scheldt and the wife watching out for approaching cars.
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alin-m (3716) 2010-01-18 9:38
Very nice picture of this corner of city.
This big cathedral look great.Well done.
Bergenphotos (2960) 2010-01-18 9:53
The title suits very well to the image. I'm sure you know, but this low POV make us seem small between these buildings. The cathedral looks very nice. TFS.
npecanhuk (77725) 2010-01-18 13:59
Magnificent architectural details in a very interesting and truly wonderful photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
belido (19934) 2010-01-19 3:15
you know I brother visited Belgium some time ago and he told me good thing about the architectural beauty of that country. The majestic cathedral is perfectly framed. I like to see the perspective of the buildings that lead us to it. Lighting is quite natural and the details superb. Great job!
adramad (48994) 2010-01-20 9:26
Beautiful composition with this majestic cathedral that rises to an impressive height of its spire on all the buildings that surround it. Good POV with the convergence of the street and houses in the background, a cloudy but pleasant light which gives a nice color to capture.
Aviller (3866) 2010-02-24 7:49
It's really nice how the 2 rows of houses guide the eye towards the towering cathedral. The fact that you've cropped out the streets helps as well, since they can sometimes serve as a distraction.
BTW, very nice note. I didn't know about the connection between Antwerp and Japan.
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20247)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pictures of Home [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 8:15