Cathedral

Kutná Hora in Czech Republic (St Barbara's Church)

Kutná Hora | Czech Republic

Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic is located only 51 kilometers from Prague. For centuries it even competed for supremacy with the capital of modern

View of Verona and the Adige river at sunset | Italy

Sunset in Verona | Italy

Do you recognize this view of Verona (Italy) from St Peter’s Castle? Apart from being one of the most popular shots of the city of

Valencia Cathedral | Spain

Valencia Cathedral | Spain

If you search “Valencia Cathedral” on Google, the first suggestion of a query will be “Is the Holy Grail in Valencia?”. Well, apparently, yes. The

Poznan Cathedral in Ostrów Tumski; Poznan, Poland

Poznan Cathedral | Poznan, Poland

The beginnings of the Polish State relate to the history of Poznan, especially to Ostrów Tumski – an island on the Warta River which is part of modern Poznan. The photo shows the interior of this first Polish cathedral.

Vilnius in Lithuania with its cathedral square is the perfect location for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve | Vilnius, Lithuania

The square was built in the 19th century after the reconstruction of Vilnius Cathedral. It is now the biggest square of Vilnius, a former area dense with public renaissance and medieval buildings. This photo of the cathedral square with the Christmas Tree was taken a day before celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vilnius a few years ago.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. An example of a Byzantine Revival style of architecture.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral | Sofia, Bulgaria

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.

Piazza del Duomo at sunrise – Milan, Italy.

Piazza del Duomo | Milan, Italy

Milano Duomo is the 5th largest Cathedral in the world and among this list of five – it is the oldest Cathedral. The day before I took this photo, we were enjoying some “Spritz” with a friend in a rooftop bar. From there, we had a view of the top of the Cathedral. From a bird’s eye view, you can see the many sculptures that are decorating the Duomo Towers.

Basilica di San Domenico in Siena, Italy – a summer’s day.

Basilica di San Domenico | Siena, Italy

Who doesn’t think of Tuscany when they hear of hills and vineyards? The interesting thing is that it is not just the wineries that are built on the hills – the cities take advantage of the terrain. Siena is one of them – you could walk through the old town and enjoy the view of the sights from a distance.

Florence Cathedral - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.

Florence Cathedral with Brunelleschi Duomo | Florence, Italy

For many decades after the establishment of Florence Duomo in the 13th Century, the Florence Cathedral was opened, and it took the genius mind of Filippo Brunelleschi to figure out exactly how to build the dome, the first of its kind in the 15th Century. In our day today, it dominates the skyline of the city and makes you marvel at how this structure survived through the ages.

Sunrise on London Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background, England

Sunrise On London Millennium Bridge | England

A beautiful place so crowded during the day, the London Millennium Bridge during the early morning hours was finally deserted. You should see the view at least once when the city sleeps, and St. Paul’s Cathedral is still enlightened. I have heard that the London Millennium footbridge is known by many locals as the “Wobbly Bridge” and I wondered why – especially as I did not feel any shaky movements (even while running to capture the sun rising over The Thames).

El Pilar Cathedral with The Ebro River during a sunset in Zaragoza, Spain.

El Pilar Cathedral with The Ebro River | Zaragoza, Spain

On this photograph I took, I captured a path showing The El Pilar Basilica-Cathedral with The Ebro River in front (and yes, the results brought muddy shoes yet again). When I went under the bridge to head direction to spot the blue hour, I thought that this composition of the bridge, with the warm reflections of the setting sun and the Cathedral in the background created a truly unique view.

El Pilar Cathedral and its reflection in The Ebro River during the night in Zaragoza, Spain.

El Pilar Cathedral by The Ebro River | Zaragoza, Spain

The full name of this structure is The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and in Spanish – Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The façade which you see was built between 1681 and 1872 in Baroque style. When I looked at the lights warmly enlightening this building and the decorative couples, I had a rather One Thousand and One Night Tales moment in my mind, rather than the European Baroque Church.

The Cathedral of the Saviour of Zaragoza (La Seo) near The Ebro River.

The Cathedral of the Saviour of Zaragoza (La Seo) | Spain

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.

The Bridge of Lions in between El Pilar Basilica and The Cathedral of the Saviour of Zaragoza, Spain.

The Bridge of Lions | Zaragoza, Spain

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.

Interior Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ with modern frescos, Podgorica in Montenegro.

Interior Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, Montenegro

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.

The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, Montenegro as modern architecture with elements of The Byzantine Style.

The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, 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.

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, with a bronze statue looking into the deep blue sky.

Statues on the Almudena Cathedral overlooking modern Madrid | Spain

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.

Almudena Cathedral and Plaza de la Armaria – the main tourist attractions in Madrid during a sunny day in February.

Almudena Cathedral | Madrid, Spain

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 is a wooden figurine of a small dragon, found in the ancient St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva.

St. Pierre Cathedral and the Dragon – unrevealed secret | Geneva, Switzerland

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.