New Jerusalem Monastery called architectural icon. This monastery is the likeness and the collective image of the Holy Land. When you enter through the main gate of the monastery, it seems that you can see the whole city from a high hill. The monastery stands on the river Istra, which surrounds it on three sides. In the XVII century, during the construction of the monastery, the river Istra was called Jordan. Mikhail Lermontov visited the monastery several times. Poet interested... continue reading
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On a week-end trip to the city of Balaguer (Lleida) we stayed during the night in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes which has been converted into a modern hotel but keeping the monasteries ambient (no TV in the rooms).The ancient building itself has been kept and renovated so that it offers many interesting views and also historic data for those interested in the catalan middle-age.It is possible to make several excursions by foot through the nearby vineyards, forests... continue reading
The details and the perspectives are enhanced in the sculptures, in the reliefs and in the architectures of the many churches in Europe.The photos relate to the monastery complex, a UNESCO heritage site, known as Certosa di Pavia, near Milan, Italy. continue reading
Good evening!Just want to share with you that for the near future (2014/2015) my photographic focus concerns the following topics: castles, cloisters/monasteries, ruins and ancient (often Romanesque) churches. Of course, my attention will not be strictly limited to these themes. Other subjects will meet my camera lens as well. I'll keep you posted about my actions 'in the field'! continue reading
It is fascinating to enjoy the history of plants.There is an original London Plane tree in the Botanic Garden of Oxford that gave rise to the common tree species that line many of London's roads today.By shedding it's bark continually this species is not affected by the pollution of the road traffic.Other plants that linger in the gardens of old churches are often the remains of the monasteries that once stood on the site.Henry VIII famously dissolved many of the monasteries.The ones that... continue reading
Hello everyone!Today I present the most beautiful part from the county of Maramures, Romania: Barsana Monastery and handicraftsman Toader Barsan.Barsana Monastery is a gift and a blessing of God for the entire nation and Romanian orthodox church martyr for Christ through the testimony given over the centuries in its tumultuous history.At Barsana, you most now live, go through the unique experience of walling the grace period. Happy who can testify:"And I was at Barsana".Toader Barsan... continue reading
Hello, I want to share with you some pictures from Serbia. If you are in Eu, or have plans to visit some Euro countries, you are always welcome to visit Serbia.Capital city is Belgrade. The city lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.80 km from Belgrade, you can visit Novi Sad ( to all music festivals lovers State of Exit )In central Serbia, you can find medieval Serbian Orthodox Monasteries, Mileseva, Sopocani, Manasija, Studenica.....Some of them are listed as UNESCO World... continue reading
Few days ago i decided to visit a beautiful place in Romania. It is called Transfagarasan and it is almost unique in Europe. The final point of the trip was the Balea Lake, located in Fagarasi Mountains at about 2050 m altitude.Before entering the Transfagarasan road, you can visit a beautiful monastery in Arges, which is full of legends. One of them is the legend of Ana, who was builded inside a wall of that monastery because her husband Manole, couldn't build the monastery without her help.... continue reading
The Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş (early 16th century) is one of the most famous buildings in Romania, and stands in the grounds of a monastery, in Curtea de Argeş city. It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.The legend sad that Manoli was the architect. Manole being unable to finish the walls, the prince threatened him and his assistants with death. At last Manole suggested that they should follow the ancient custom of placing a living woman into the foundations; and that she who first appeared on... continue reading
Barsana Monastery is a complex with sixteen nuns. Created after 1989, on the site of a church abandoned in 1791, the complex has become a significant cultural and religious attraction. Its 56 meter-tall church is the tallest wooden structure in Europe. The church is now stand on a hill and is surrounded by orchard. Interior is very dark because of the lack of windows of the small pronaos. The expressive detail carved into architectural forms by Maramures craftsmen is a reason to visit and stay at... continue reading
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