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Heavenly fractal...

The sacristy of La Asuncion, Priego de Cordoba

To quote the tourist handout:-

"The sacristy, a masterpiece of the late baroque period, was created between 1772 and 1784 by Francisco Javier Pedrajas and has been a national monument of Spain since 1932. The chapel is circumscribed by an octagonal aisle, above which is a large and ornate gallery, culminating in a superb segmented dome. It stands out because of its beauty and elegance, with its eight large windows showering light over the innumerable mouldings and carvings which decorate this magnificent piece of architecture."

Do look as closely as possible (double click the image and use your zoom control) to share the wonder of this pre-fractal work!
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Jun 12, 2013, 12:31:18 PM
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SaraQ2's avatar
Lovely capture!

We'll have to start a competition of church photos now... Ebil Laugh 
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If you can beat the beauty and workmanship of this dome you are doing very well. I do love church architecture and the quiet cool spiritual atmosphere inside the buildings but it might be a niche genre for dA submission.
To capture that atmosphere in a photograph is very challenging though. We'll see what we can do...     Altered beast   
SaraQ2's avatar
I don't know if I can beat it, hence why we should try it! lol
Besides, Churches with awesome architecture are something that you can find almost everywhere in Portugal!
(I'll see if I have some photos in my old archives to share!)

One of my favourites is Santa Luzia, in Viana Do Castelo. It's great for several genres of photography!
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Our local churches all have individual features that make them special. Maybe not photographically but by recording interesting details of local history or family history. I'm sure I'll find something to photograph though at some point that will find its way onto dA  I love deviantART! 
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Some churches in Portugal are reeeeeeaaaaally old, and they were built over different time periods, so their architecture is completely different!
jaro3001's avatar
niceeee, very nice
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The credit goes to the original architect of course but I'm glad you appreciated the design after the intervening centuries...  :lol:
lightnight99's avatar
Very gorgeous! OAO
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Couldn't believe how beautiful, yet subtle, it was. A lot of church decoration is over the top but I loved this piece. :hug:
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I always wonder how do they do that? It must took long time to build it. I love the rich colors.
It beautiful! I could stare at it all day long :)
LindArtz's avatar
OMG that's beautiful! (and again, the title, so perfect!) :heart:
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I knew before I took this one it had to be dA material but the blue and cream contrasting tones from the camera were an unexpected bonus. The title? It just shouted at me and unusually didn't need any further thought! :blowkiss: 
LindArtz's avatar
Yes, it's just perfect! :heart:
MarumiNekochan's avatar
OMG... I love it! xDD
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I could have spent the whole day just admiring the work, it is truly beautiful :)
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iconic shot. i love how illumined it is
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Thanks - the light from the eight symmetrically placed windows glorifies the whole dome! :)
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Yeah, if i ever got into architecture I'd say that's one cool effect I'd love to use everywhere. I love this stuff from an aesthetic perspective, but I've got no clue about the exact techniques.
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Me neither - it's just there to admire. I wonder if we still have the vision and techniques available?
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I'm sure they teach that stuff to future architects. they still make buildings with domes after all.
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..but where do the craftsmen and the money come from?
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contruction workers are hired and probably just follow the blueprint the architect devises. the money? whoever wants to build a building i guess. its expensive but people do make a lot of mmoney.
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