The Cathedral of The Saviour of Zaragoza (also known as ‘La Seo’) is another pearl of the city. It is less popular than its counterpart El Pilar but offers an equally unique history. Like so many other places in Zaragoza, its architecture takes you through the past by combining Roman, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque influences in a very unique way.
On both sides of the road, there are lion columns that are very distinctive for the Zaragoza buildings – The El Pilar Cathedral and The Cathedral of The Saviour of Zaragoza (La Seo). The Lions are the symbol of the town and from the bridge you can enjoy the best views on El Pilar. I was fortunate enough to enjoy sunsets during my visit and it was wonderful to see the locals stopping on the bridge after returning from work and truly enjoying the moment, even though they would have seen the area various times.
When I entered this Cathedral, I expected golden paintings so commonly seen in old Orthodox churches. My expectations though were only slightly correct… To my own surprise, in one of the paintings, I saw illustrations of Marx, Engels, and Tito… rotting in hell. When I saw it, all the puzzles started to fit in place – I was surrounded by paintings of relatively “modern” people who had a great deal of influence on politics and history of Montenegro.
Looking at this cathedral from the outside, I would guess that it is at least a century old. The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, the original name rendered: Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja i Crkva Svetog Spasa, was accomplished only in 2013. The exterior design follows the style of the traditional Byzantine monuments such as The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, which would suggest that it was likely built at the same time, in the 12th Century.
This image was taken from one of the balconies of the Almudena Cathedral while on our February trip to the capital of Spain, Madrid. The sculptures on the terrace were very dominant – distinctively larger than an average sized person. They depict evangelists, Christian Saints and members of the Royal Spanish family. Standing at over two meters high, some of the statues had their “faces” directed into the sky – as if they were looking over the city into infinity.
In order to capture the “Plaza de la Armenia” in the foreground of the “Santa María la Real de La Almudena” without people – we managed to shoot 25 photos. I was hoping to blend and then remove them later in the post-processing of all the people that were strolling around. Fortunately, this trick worked, and I have a photo of this place as I had imagined it to be – an empty area, showing the timeless majesty of this Catholic church.
This little dragon we saw when we were visiting the St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva. Now, this is something I definitely don’t do often – taking photos of miniature elements, instead of panoramic views or capturing large-scale images. However, as soon as I saw this wooden figurine of a small dragon, I thought it’s an interesting object for a photo.
We visited this Adriatic Sea port right after New Year Eve, which explains the festive lights on the buildings. Consecrated in 1166, the Kotor Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Tryphon, who is considered by the locals as the patron and protector of the city. Before that, in the 10th century, an older church existed there. It has been keeping Saint Tryphon’s remains.
Among the major landmarks of the city is the Metropolitan Cathedral Of Athens. It’s used for ceremonies of national significance, but also for weddings and funerals of rich people. Completed in 1862, it was necessary to work 20 years and use the marble from 72 demolished churches to build the Cathedral’s walls.
The back of the Cathedral in Wroclaw, also known as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which was built between 1244 and 1341. Nowadays it is one of the most important historic buildings in the fourth largest city of Poland. Its two illuminated church spires ascend above the dome like two needles.