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Thank you all for your very kind comments and votes yesterday, today some low light captures of this beautiful Cathedral, I would recommend a visit to anyone going to Brugge. Some info below.

The Saint-Salvator Cathedral, the main church of the city, is one of the few buildings in Bruges that have survived the onslaught of the ages without damage. Nevertheless, it has undergone some changes and renovations. This church was not originally built to be a cathedral; it was granted the status in the 19th century. Since the 10th century the Sint-Salvator was a common parish church. At that time the St Donatian's Cathedral, which was located at the very heart of Bruges, opposite of the town hall, was the central religious building of the city. At the end of the 18th century the French occupiers of Bruges threw out the bishop of Bruges and destroyed the Sint-Donatius Church, which was his residence.

In 1834, shortly after Belgium's independence in 1830, a new bishop was installed in Bruges and the Saint-Salvator church obtained the status of cathedral. However, the buildings external image did not resemble a cathedral back then: it was much smaller and less imposing than the nearby Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk and had to be adapted to its new role. Building a higher and more impressive tower was one of the viable options.

The roof of the cathedral collapsed in a fire in 1839. Robert Chantrell, an English architect, famous for his neo-Gothic restorations of English churches, was asked to restore to Sint-Salvator its former glory. At the same time he was authorized to make a project for a higher tower, in order to make it taller than that of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk. The oldest surviving part, dated from the 12th century, formed the base of the mighty tower. Instead of adding a neo-Gothic part to the tower, Chantrell chose a very personal Romanesque design. After completion there was a lot of criticism and the royal commission for monuments (Koninklijke Commissie voor Monumenten), without authorization by Chantrell, had placed a small peak on top of the tower, because the original design was deemed too flat.

The Sint-Salvator Cathedral currently houses many works of art that were originally stored in its destroyed predecessor, the Sint-Donatius Cathedral. The wall-carpets that can be seen when entering the church were manufactured in Brussels by Jasper van der Borcht in 1731. These were commissioned by bishop Hendrik van Susteren for Sint-Donatius. Sint-Salvator also has the original paintings that served as models for the wall-carpets, which make quite a unique combination. In the choir the original 16th century podium can still be admired.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Mar 2013 - 11:54 AM
Focal Length:12mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:-2.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
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White Balance:Manual
Title:St Salvators Cathedral Brugge
Username:achieverswales achieverswales
Uploaded:8 Apr 2013 - 12:10 AM
Tags:Architecture, Belgum, Bruges, Canals, St Salvators Cathedral
Votes:35
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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 12:47 AM

A lovely set of images Trev, some great workmanship in these old buildings.

Geoff.

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taggart
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8 Apr 2013 - 12:58 AM

Rich colors dominate these images, the browns and golds making a fine contrast for the splendid stained glass windows--- A great set!

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Chinga
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8 Apr 2013 - 1:54 AM

Wonderful set of images Trev!
Favorites:
V1 for the wonderful light and colours
V2 for the depth of the image
V6 for those wonderful wood carvings
IB

PS - Thank you for your comment on the Goa Temple (Ponda area). Yes I did see the area you mention with the most wonderful chariot carrier and the elephant carvings. I was also lucky to see another room full of the most amazing drums all hand painted and beautifully carved but camera usage was not allowed... It's a beautiful area isn't it? I am glad to know you have visited Trev. Grin

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gwynn56
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8 Apr 2013 - 3:50 AM

beautiful set of images Smile

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Hermanus
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8 Apr 2013 - 4:33 AM

What an excellent package this is Trev !! Great write up with some amazing photos !! Excellent !!

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LynneJoyce
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8 Apr 2013 - 6:15 AM

Some lovely shots here Trev, V6 is my favourite.

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CarolG
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8 Apr 2013 - 6:32 AM

Wonderful interior captures of this beautiful cathedral, Trev. Carol

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Badgerfred
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:21 AM

Excellent low light captures Trev, love the stained glass,
Fred.

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SUE118
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:37 AM

Beautifully captured and a very interesting write up.

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digital_boi
8 Apr 2013 - 7:42 AM

a very fine set here Trevor v1 being my fav love the light and detail V7 certainly shows the miserable weather you had

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Dinky65
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:59 AM

Very pretty pictures and cool info.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41124 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:16 AM

A fine selection showing the ornate and almost sumptuous interior of this cathedral, Trev. Shame about the weather, but an excuse to tarry longer within.

Dave

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 9:26 AM

Splendid images and interesting infomaion Trev - gives me itchy feet to get travelling.Smile
Joan.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123273 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 9:28 AM

A wonderful set here Trev.

I did pay the Cathedral a visit several years ago. Wonderful building.

ps, I've been there several times and I can't remember it being anything other than cloudy or raining!

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leontari
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8 Apr 2013 - 9:58 AM

A fine set of captures Trev. I love the warm light, colours and the wood carvings.
Effrossini

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Lillian
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8 Apr 2013 - 10:38 AM

A city never visited while interested in photography Trev
so a return after seeing these would be a 'must' me thinks!!
great set and info
Lillian

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 11:53 AM

Think you've got everybody itching to visit Bruges or revisit with all the wonderful images.
It is good that there was so much to interest you inside this beautifully, ornate Cathedral
since the weather disappointed for outside images although you have had quite a few.
I do like the wood panelling in V6 and the floors looks amazing too.
Great narrative if only the old brain could retain it all!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley e2 Member 5PaulLiley vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 2:15 PM

Looks a wonderful cathedral and fascinating writeup. Such rich colours. You should be paid by their tourist board. Great set and provides us all with an incite into this wonderful area Trev, Thanks for sharing. paul

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 5:59 PM

you just dont this sort of detailed work in the moremodern buildings..
just lovely to see... you have captured it well

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 6:45 PM

Love the patterns on the floors - and the rich colours - a splendid set of photos Trev SmileSmile
Helen

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netta1234
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8 Apr 2013 - 8:47 PM

Beautiful set of images TrevSmile
NettaSmile

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Philip_H
Philip_H e2 Member 3Philip_H vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 9:26 PM

Great set of captures.

I visited the cathedral a couple of weeks ago and got told off for standing on the monument on the right of V2 Blush

P Smile

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Craggwildlife
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9 Apr 2013 - 8:03 PM

very interesting set Trev.
well taken

David

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annettep38
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9 Apr 2013 - 10:23 PM

fantastic series. V2 is my favourite it gives you a sense of the proportions and opens wide to the spirit.

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