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Look Up......and Down

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 21 September 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Two views of the 12th Century Monolithic Church of St Jean in Aubeterre, Dordogne, France. One of the largest monolithic buildings in Europe, the Church was carved out of the soft limestone from the top downwards by monks over a period of forty years. Given that the height of the main nave is 20 metres this was no mean feat. The centrepiece in the down shot is also an example of monolithic carving and was probably a reliquary.

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Great shots,nice lot of history moodily shot !!

21 Sep 2008 10:39am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good images, nice idea

21 Sep 2008 4:59pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

mate -- just marvelously done! magical! wonderful light, color and detail!

21 Sep 2008 7:31pm

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Gorgeous... I saw something about this on TV... looks interesting

21 Sep 2008 7:41pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Really interesting, and an amazing achievement. You've captured the scene very well.

21 Sep 2008 9:48pm

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow...what a stunning place and so well captured!!! I'm pleased you left the people at the bottom to give the impression of the actual size. What an amazing feat!! Brilliant shot!

22 Sep 2008 6:00am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Missed this yesterday - the different natural colours in the limestone are stunning! Natural decoration at its best. Two super images.

22 Sep 2008 6:41am

baobab from Cambridge, United States

wow - a remarkable building. the shot up gives a particularly dizzying sense of perspective.

22 Sep 2008 7:25pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

This is a truly wonderful creation . . the atmosphere conveyed by these lovely images must be but a fraction of the feeling from standing there. What a superb place this is.

27 Sep 2008 8:02pm