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Vilnius Cathedral, belfry

Vilnius Cathedral, belfry

Vilnius Cathedral was first built as a Christian church on the site of a pagan temple in 1251, although the current church dates mainly from the 18th century. It was closed by the Soviets in 1950 and intended to be used as a garage for truck repairs, but in 1956 it opened as a picture gallery. It was returned to the Catholic Church in 1989 and reconsecrated a year before Lithuanian independence.

My husband took a clip with his iPhone of the bells tolling as we were walking. Picture leaves a bit to be desired, but bells are great!

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Peter Sussex16-Aug-2012 16:24
Very clean composition and excellent white handling in this one and the cathedral looks awesome. V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Aug-2012 08:26
Jeroen Bosman15-Aug-2012 19:23
I like the clarity here. Intresting church and tower architecture, v
William Barletta15-Aug-2012 17:17
MarcViskens15-Aug-2012 08:23
very nice work Helen
Mairéad14-Aug-2012 19:47
Great shot of this unusual belfry - it looks great against that blue sky. V
ac14-Aug-2012 06:23
Very beautiful and unusual.
Graeme13-Aug-2012 22:08
Very nice composition,. Helen.BV
Chris Spracklen13-Aug-2012 18:44
Excellent photo of this unusual structure, Helen.
Chris Spracklen13-Aug-2012 18:43
Excellent photo of this unusual structure, Helen.

(I'd be tempted to try cropping between the belfry and the figure to the left, for two reasons: i. Those three figures seem to catch the eye and they are not really needed to give a sense of scale as you have other figures ion the shot. And, ii. I think the composition would be stronger with the belly more to the left of the frame. Just a thought, dear friend.)
Tom LeRoy13-Aug-2012 16:09
A beautiful white belfry, great shot with this perfect blue sky! V
Stephanie13-Aug-2012 11:10
What a beautifully composed scene! So crisp and clean! I love the tolling church bells of Europe! V :)
Zoltán Balogh13-Aug-2012 05:39
Beautifully composed Helen, hats off! V
John Reynolds13-Aug-2012 05:21
A great view of the bell tower. V.
Brian McAllister13-Aug-2012 05:02
janescottcumming13-Aug-2012 02:55
Beautiful place and I really enjoyed the bell concert. Made me feel like I was there. V
Jim Coffman12-Aug-2012 23:46
Very nice image,Helen!
bill friedlander12-Aug-2012 23:41
This must be an important landmark for the city. Wonderful clear shot and lovely light. V
woody3412-Aug-2012 23:34
Great perspective of that amazing bell tower and Church..lovely capture..
Walter O. Koenig12-Aug-2012 23:12
An unusual and fascinating bell tower. Very nicely composed image. "V"
Isabel Cutler12-Aug-2012 22:54
Lovely light and crisp image. The sound is amazing.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography12-Aug-2012 22:30
Excellent capture, very well seen, Vote.
Vickie BROWN12-Aug-2012 20:01
Brilliant work Helen, love this very much. V
Martin Lamoon12-Aug-2012 19:37
Thats fantastic! Great photograph. V
Milan Vogrin12-Aug-2012 19:30