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A walk through my town. 1

By gss  
The last 10 years were not my best years (to say it in a beautiful way...), and trips outside Bucharest become more and more rare. But I compensated that by discovering a very unknown, bad knew, misunderstood and even despised place, my own town: Bucharest. It is a reality for many of us: the place we know less is where we live.
So, with my cameras and a map, I realized one day trips of 5-25 km of foot walk ( good for health, no? ), shooting all that woke up a minimum interest; don't know the real number of the picture but I think I think it goes close up to a million. As Bucharest is a very changing town [at each minute a house disappear or is changing, new streets appearing, other disappearing, lots of trees and green spaces mutilated], so decided to make as a complementary work for google street view, and realized a huge pictures database valuable for the future; today changes are all targeted from a good status to a bad one, so my photos will be a big document for future generations, if will succeed to upload them on massive uploads on other photo sites (I have started with about 3000 pictures of Bucharest on those sites). I am envious on those living the town 50 or 100 years ago when it was more beautiful; as a result, in parallel, I am collecting plenty of old views of the town from the internet, and so I am discovering a more pleasant town.
Taking pictures here, seems like a dangerous adventure: no matter methods, have to arm me with diplomacy, clever responses, and quick run, to escape from many difficult situation: inhabitants are in general hostile on photographing - so preferring especial Sundays afternoons, when streets are empty.


So after this series introduction, today a first step to the old town (more precisely - a relic of the old city surrounded on all sides by communist blocks from 1985-1989): the former Mihai Vodă monastery church . Was built in 1590-91, by one the most famous Romanian princes in Wallachia, Michael the Brave (1593-1601). In his very brief reign, he succeeded more than all other rulers of this country during history. As other nations, Romanian nation did not succeed to build one single political state; 2 independent principalities started their existence after the big Mongol invasion [1241, the last one of a huge cycle of migratories continuous invasions started in the III century BC]: Moldavia to the east, and the "Romanian Country", called by neighbors "Wallachia" to the south; to the north and west, many small Romanian states were conquered by the powerful Kingdom of Hungary, but even so a half autonomous principality was created - Transylvania.
Michael the Brave [in Romanian Mihai Viteazul or Mihai Bravul or Mihai Vodă] had 2 very notable actions. 2 years after buying his reign (was that time practice), has initiated a long victorious campaign against the Ottomans [with a substantial help of the princes of Moldavia and Transylvania], gaining a big victory against the Turks at Călugareni in 1595 - 30 km south of Bucharest, but passed also the Danube, in actual Bulgaria, and arrived under the walls of Edirne (Adrianopolis); without Austrian help promised, signed a truce with Ottomans. But threatened by the new Prince of Transylvania and by Poland, succeeded for the first time during history to conquer by weapons the 2 other Romanian countries (Moldavia and Transylvania), unifying them in 1600. Was murdered on the orders of the Austrian general Basta in 1601 in Transylvania, as Austria wanted to possess Transylvania too. Michael created the Romanian dream of unifying all the countries inhabited by Romanians into a single state, a process realized 300 years later in 1918. As his short reign was very brief, and plenty of military actions, unlike other local rulers, he did not found many foundations (monasteries, churches or palaces): only 5-6. One of the most beautiful and the most well kept until today is this former monastery church - only the church and the bell tower have been maintained - the rest was demolished in 1985. But the history of this building is so tumultuous and dramatic, as it will be narrated tomorrow

Tags: Church Architecture Romania Orthodox Bucharest Mihai-voda

Voters: Philip_H, sweetpea62, Maiwand and 21 more


21 Nov 2015 8:15PM
An excellent architectural image taken by an architect . SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2015 8:32PM
Beautiful architecture
21 Nov 2015 9:03PM
Superb architectural image, Silviu. Stunning detail & POV.
A narrative that adds great context.

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
22 Nov 2015 8:07AM
Beautifully taken impressive image, Silviu. I like this one a lot.
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2015 8:31AM
A well captured, imposing building, Silviu and an interesting project you have set yourself - good luck.

mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
22 Nov 2015 8:56AM
An amazing building and an excellent image of it Silviu,
You have set yourself a challenging but very worthwhile project.
Good luck my friend, be careful, stay safe.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2015 8:59AM
keep at this project...its a good one
its amazing how people don't know there own environs at all
what a fantastis image of a very impressive building
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
22 Nov 2015 9:20AM
thanks for sharing
jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2015 3:43PM
Great pov and superb composition in this lovely image. Sounds like an interesting and worthwhile project.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2015 4:48AM
Building is very beautiful Silviu...
Good luck as you explore and stay safe...
I have to say as much as I like Lisbon and London in certain areas I don't fell safe with a camera...
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
23 Nov 2015 7:48PM
Amazing history. This is a brilliant result of good design. This all looks to be in such good condition. There are great craftsmanship skills in your world.

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