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By gss  
St.George-New Orthodox Church in Bucharest, Romania. 1705-07. Paintings 2015. Inside the narthex vaults. (last week shot)

A. Architecture. Space. Photography.
Today a "space" image. Architects are working especially with spaces, a kind of mostly abstract notion. Space is the inner cavity under an epidermis, a peel. It is sometimes somewhat the negative of a volume. You need lot of talent to "see in space" and "see the space". It seems a common thing but it fact it isn't. A space modeler is an aptitude that you have as a gift, a talent, or you have not at all (admission exams for architecture universities are trying in principal to make a selection between candidates that have this endowment or they have it less).
Space images can be difficult to "read". Sometimes. A complex space isn't perceived at once. The eye should move intensive, the brain to decode the space. An intricate complex texture can make the process more difficult. As here. New paintings (finished at Easter 2015) make image less readable. Even if the space, even a bit complicate has a very simple logical, mathematical configuration ( 4 half-cylinders joining to form a cross; in the center, upon 4 pendentives , another vertical cylinder having in its top a dome, here downloading on 4 stone columns). Paintings are disturbing somewhat the logical space composition, blurring the edges. Color version is less readable, as color makes also some "space illusions".

B. History
The church sits in the right point called "Zero kilometer of Bucharest", marked by a monument. It is considered the "heart" of the country - from here are measured all distances towards all azimuths. A wooden church was present here until the XVI century in a place - in those times - outside the town walls. In the XVII century, Bucharest has grown rapidly and the center moved into this place. A new brickwork church was built but a small one. Nearby 1670 was designed a new, bigger church, that was finished between 1705-1707 by the Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu. It was a special demand from Dosithei, the Jerusalem Orthodox Patriarch, to have a dedicated church and monastery (dedicated to the Jerusalem Holy Sepulcher). The monastery was included in a perimeter inn ( a kind of an oriental Caravanserai). At that time was the biggest church in town, larger than the Metropolitan Church. A terrible fire in 1847 ("the Great Fire") that devastated 40 % of the town, has burnt the church. Before that, the huge quake series 1802-1829-1838, ruined another part of the monastery. After this damages, the monastery was demolished and the church was "restored" by Catalan architect Xavier Villacrosse in a Neo-Gothic style, becoming unrecognisable. A long restoration during more than 20 years started in 1975 has brought bac to its original shapes the old church. As paintings were lost new painting (very inspirated as style, technique and colors, ones of the best view nowadays), the church was painted again between 2012-2015.
In 1599 Prince Michael the Brave gave to the church, bought from Bari, Italy, a part of the right hand relics of St. Nicholas.

Tags: Architecture Space Romania Orthodox Bucharest Chtch

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JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2015 5:44PM
A terrific capture of "space" in this beautiful church.
22 Sep 2015 6:28PM
Another fine image and interesting narrative - your country has a wonderful history, Silviu.

22 Sep 2015 8:15PM

Quote:Another fine image and interesting narrative - your country has a wonderful history, Silviu.


Ditto Silviu. Cathy
22 Sep 2015 8:18PM
It looks a beautiful church, thank you for the interesting write up..Lin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
23 Sep 2015 1:46AM
You make us knowledgeable Silviu. Now I know the special meaning of "space". Thank you once again for the comprehensive info and the beautiful image!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2015 12:15PM
Those frescoes look as if they were painted today... Grin
Excellent eye catcher...

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