3890 – The Temple in the Cloister

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Jun 142017
 

Originally a cloister was meant as a silent place of meditation, but clearly, as we see so often, this is a demonstration of wealth and power, meant to impress the visitor.

Again, for an unexpected church, this is amazing. Loreta alone would have been be worth the trip from Vienna.

By the way, having just read the German version of the Wikipedia page that I’v linked to in yesterday’s post, I can now say that the Italian church was in Loreto in the province of Ancona.

3889 – The Temple

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Jun 132017
 

I had no idea that this church even exists. It’s called Loreta. That’s a kind of church dedicated to the house of the Virgin Mary.

Well, what I’ve called a “temple” here, symbolizes the “Santa Casa”, in German often called the “Holy Hut”. Certainly kind of a nice hut, I’m sure you agree 🙂

Here in Prague it is in the center of a cloister. I don’t know if it’s always in a monastery, but I suppose it is. I’ve only seen one such church before, in a small city in Italy. It may have been in Perugia, and if not, it was at least not far from there.

3885 – The Windows of Saint Vitus Cathedral III

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Jun 092017
 

And how does it look from the outside? Well, what did you expect? Gorgeous as well. In fact I can’t remember any other church with such beautifully gilded windows. But then, this may be due to my failing memory 😀

Jun 082017
 

Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.

I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.

You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.

3883 – Saint Wenceslas Chapel

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Jun 072017
 

Saint Wenceslas has his own chapel, that’s the reason why I decided the guy in the last post couldn’t be him. In reality it’s pretty dark and it’s astounding what you get out of modern cameras nevertheless. This is one of those “better than reality” pictures 🙂

3882 – The Saint

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Jun 062017
 

Is this Saint Vitus? I have no idea. He is certainly not Wenceslaus or Adalbert, the other two saints that this cathedral is dedicated to, but the attributes don’t fit to Vitus either.

On the other hand, this is the most impressive of saints in the ambulatory, the outer walk around the main altar, where everybody is lead through. Of course I could have listened to the countless guides, but I was busy photographing 🙂

3881 – The Cross

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Jun 052017
 

Oh this image! It took me at least 10 attempts to get a decently sharp image, but then, I have the best stabiliztion in the world, right? I can do 0.3s in no light at ISO 200 and an equivalent focal length of 80 mm, right?

Well, no 🙂 It would have been much better to let the camera go to ISO 1600 and get away with one quick shot. After all, there’s not a world of dynamic range in this images.