Have you seen ever a church in expressionistic style with a gothic twist? We hadn’t until seeing this Grundtvig’s Church while visiting the capital of Denmark – Copenhagen.
The Church of Santa Maria de Belém together with the Jerónimos Monastery, are the finest examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style. Though carrying similar architectural styles, in our modern world now, the church and the monastery have quite a contrasting experience.
We visited this beach and chapel with friends one sunny winter Sunday (typical weather in Portugal). The tide was low, so we could walk around the “Capela” without even soaking our shoes. We were very lucky this day because when the tide was high, the small church would be surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean waves and so it can be very difficult to enter.
This cross-domed Orthodox basilica was one of the monuments that initially sparked my interest in photography and of course, I eventually developed a longing to visit Sofia. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the capital of Bulgaria, is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world and incorporates different architectural elements from across Europe.
The Church of St Anne is famous for its representation of a flamboyant and brick gothic architectural style in Lithuania. What was fascinating was that the exterior of the church had remained almost unchanged since the 15th century, when it was erected. Thanks to St Anne Church, the old town of Vilnius can potentially be signed to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The Burano, with its distinctive colours, was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I later learned that there was a purpose behind the colour-toned design. During the golden age of development of Burano, if a house owner wanted to paint his belongings, he had to apply to Burano’s government for a colour. The government would only allow a few options of colours of choice.
It was our first, long road trip when we travelled through Bavaria and Italy. Having a car with us meant that we could reach more remote places, for example, a small baroque Church of St. Coloman in Schwangau, which stood in the middle of a field. There were no tour bus stops and no cars slowing down so we laid our picnic and just enjoyed the setting sun.
The entire day was sunny, but it was just when we climbed the nearby hill to see the Medieval Church of Santa Maddalena, with the Odle Mountains in the background that clouds started to cover the sky. We didn’t run but instead, we stayed in place to embrace nature’s craft. And soon enough, we were soaked! This rain in the Dolomites is very heavy!
It is noteworthy that San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the previous capital of Tenerife differs distinctly from Santa Cruz. In our opinion, it is a much calmer environment, a little more historic and is a more popular destination for students. The remarkable thing is that these cities have buildings that are still identical to one other. Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Immaculate Conception) is almost alike to the tower of the Church of the Conception in Santa Cruz.
There is nothing more fascinating than seeing a city wake up. Any area that is busy for 20 hours or more, has those few moments of pure tranquility. In Vienna, the place where I could enjoy this the most was The Karlskirche. On a regular day, the square in front of the Church would be busy but, on this occasion, it was empty and there were no noises from the busy city ground.