I like photographing abandoned structures and there are quite a few of those in my blog.
Naturally, it begs the question as to the reason why they were abandoned.
The structures are exposed to the elements and the structures may have been abandoned after they fall into irreparable damages.
Or was it the other way round. The structures were abandoned because of other reasons and may have become dilapidated through no maintenance and remedial measures.
Here is a church constructed of stones in Greenland – you just wonder what has happened.
Photos taken by my wife Linda.
This is one of the most interesting churches in Budapest.
The church ceiling is ornate, with lots of details.
I also like the domes in several direction.
here is an introduction of its architecture in Wikipedia:
The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose “incorruptible” right hand is said to be housed in the reliquary.
This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.
Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Bulding, it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres (315 ft) – this equation symbolises that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance. According to current regulations there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres (315 ft). It has a width of 55 metres (180 ft), and length of 87.4 metres (287 ft). It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklos Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.
The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek cross ground plan. The facade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower is Hungary’s biggest bell, weighing over 9 tonnes (8.9 long tons; 9.9 short tons). Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons; 8.8 short tons), but it was used for military purposes during World War II. Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.
At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Travelling in the Baltic, one sees that many churches have separate bell towers.
Some of the towers are quite tall too.
The St John’s bell tower at Vilinus was built in the 16th century.
I am sure in those days, these were one of the tallest structure in the area.
This is beautiful architecture and engineering challenge at the time.
I like taking photos of churches or cathedrals; especially those in Europe.
Both the interior or exterior of their architecture are so fine and beautiful; some of them look so majestic and grand too.
Here is a picture taken of the Immaculate Conception church, a simple structure, in the old town of San Diego, USA.
A picture which I found from my archive; it is a picture taken with a first generation electronic compact camera.
Still, it looks not bad.
I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.
I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.
What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.
I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.
I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.
They leave an undeletable part in my memory!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Ornate.
The photo is my first stab on the theme.
This was taken in a church in the Baltics.
I think it is a good example of Ornate.
Please enjoy 🙂