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By gss  
Today as is the Annunciation (in Romanian Buna Vestire = Good Announcing), a space like a kind of announcing: the Patriarchy porch (Romanian = pridvor or portic). The porch is somewhat a kind of announcing when entering into a building, it has an ambivalent specific, an inside / outside space in the same time. Even if it was not created by us, it became, in the dark of ages, a Romanian architectural specific element. It is present in all kind of local vernacular architecture - house, church or installation - Romanian people could not imagine a building without it. Inside it you are equally inside and outside, you have the benefits and disadvantages of indoor and outdoor spaces. Even in contemporary architecture, in minimalist "clothe" and expression it is still present.
Here, unlike in many previous ( from historical point of view) examples the porch was not added after the church body construction, but at the same time. And the columns are not in stone but in brick, hence their massive aspect. The porch is covered by a vault system with 3 compartments separated by arches, generating 3 domes. The paintings are from a XX century restoration (1932) and were done by Romanian church painter Dimitrie Belizarie. It is only one exception: above the door, in a niche, there is the Saint Patrons icon (St Emperors Constantine and Helen) , the only small fragment of the original fresco, in all the church, painting done in 1668.
Through the porch. large perspectives are opening towards the actual Patriarchy palace (former Romanian Parliament until 1992), dominated by a large neo classic porch, and the former Patriarchy palace and the chapel (Paraclis). The whole ensemble was built at the top of a small but visible hill in the center of Bucharest, so the buildings are more tall that as seen from the church, as the land down all around.
(to be continued)
A special thank to mistere (Dave) for his very appreciated support and award

Tags: Church Architecture Romania Porch Orthodox Bucharest Patriarchy

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25 Mar 2015 7:48AM
A very interesting and well captured selection of images.

25 Mar 2015 8:13AM
Interesting narration backed up with a fine set of images.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
25 Mar 2015 9:33AM
Great captures,Silvieu.

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
25 Mar 2015 11:35AM
Wonderfully taken and presented with the usual comprehensive info, Silviu. Love the details and the way these images are shot.
25 Mar 2015 8:39PM
A fine and interesting set of images, accompanied by interesting info, Silviu!! Lovely captures and presentation.
25 Mar 2015 9:02PM
What fabulous images Sulviu. So lovely. A great set. Cathy
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 10:16PM
A terrific series Silviu, a porch will never seem the same again. Grin

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10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2015 12:20PM
Another set of beautiful angles and shapes... Stunning to look at! Grin
17 sensational beautiful images with lovely light and stunning colours, wonderful photography, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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