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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shadows at Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery





© Photos by Richard Schear

During our summertime Waterways of the Czars cruise in Russia with Viking River Cruises, my husband visited this monastery, where shadows real and imagined lurked everywhere, and fell across the map describing the history.

Posted for
Shadow Shot Sunday
hosted every week by Tracy at her Hey Harriet! blog.
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22 comments:

Catherine said...

what a beautiful building....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, fabulous! To live in a castle like this, I might even become a monkey. Or a monk-ee, whichever:)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the artwork on these monastery pillars! A fascinating piece of architecture bathed in very shadowy, almost mystical light! A lovely building I wiould love to explore!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Wonderful post as usual!
Thanks for taking me on your travels!!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what intriguing, fascinating shadow shots for the day! Richard did get some great captures! I have so enjoyed your photos and posts about your trip to Russia, Kay, so interesting -- I guess because for so many years anything Russian was kind of kept in the shadows and not talked about a lot and there wasn't a lot of tourist travel there back then either! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Beverley Baird said...

What incredible archways! The artwork is still stunning afte all these hundreds of years!
I hesitate to take Jacks' photo and quote down - it is a reminder that there is much to be done. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Keep well!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I like the imagined shadows best! ;)


SHADOW, SHADOW

Shadow, shadow, if I could,
I would meet you in the wood,
Where the frenzied fairies play
In the blazing light of day.

But, dear shadow, I dare not
Go to that secluded spot,
For I fear the woodland path
And what’s more, the fairies’ wrath!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Frosty Shadows

Ralph said...

The artistry is all over the monastery. The delicate paintings cover so many surfaces like the posts and ceilings, too. That any paint remains is a testament to how well built and painted the place was. The soaring arched entry portal is quite impressive!

kaykuala said...

Kay,
1.It is massive as all old structures are.We often wonder the construction madness they faced 100's of years ago, simple machinery and crude materials. Slave labour must have made it possible.
2.Excellent photography!It is amazing that the paintings are intact.Restoration could have been done.
3.Me again with the extract of my response:

Kay Ma'am,
Yes,the Stock Ex is somewhat a casino like.It is the same all over. Manipulations,insider tradings, false info, profiteering. All are happening all the time. They are deemed to have broken the law only if they are caught.You have seen it first hand. Unfortunately many learnt it the hard way and got their fingers burnt. Not to dabble in stocks and shares is wise.

Hank
November 12, 2011 3:16 PM

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Ooh - loving the artistry all over the walls and ceilings - wonderful!

Kay said...

What an interesting monastery. You really got to see so much in Russia. Lucky you!

SquirrelQueen said...

Not only do I find the architecture interesting but the artwork as well. This is the kind of place I love to explore. I am trying to imagine what it looked like in its prime, it must have been amazing to behold.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Russia used to be a shadowy country to us -- in the other sense of the word. It is so cool that you got to see it and ssee this kind of shadows. What a beautiful place it is and how wonderful that it is opened to be visited (and that it was preserved).

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kay girl it always took my breath away visiting such ancient buildings .. when we saw the Roman soldiers graffiti on those huge original gates of Trier, Germany .. well it blows your mind away a bit ?
Good lord I can't afford to lose more brain cells ! LOL
Great pictures of an awesome place indeed!
Joy

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful. Old, how old?

chubskulit said...

I love those artworks!

Francisca said...

Wonderful frescoes on this monastery, Kay. Dick did a great job capturing the details.

T... said...

how beautiful....what a wonderful place to visit...

FiveSibesMom said...

Greetings! Coming over to join your blog from Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday!

Beautiful shadow shots of beautiful architecture. Gives us the feel that we have visited without ever leaving our home!

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

The colours and form are incredible! Thanks for sharing Kay!

Jeanette said...

Lovely photos. The Monestary seems to be an interesting place to see. The murals on the walls are worn but still nice.

Paula Scott said...

Sorry to be so late checking in-busy weekend again!
Those are breathtaking, really-those images. I am in continual awe of your travels.