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Vilnius Cathedral, Valavičius Chapel

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.

This was shot over an iron gate and through some kind of stone portal.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/100s f/2.8 at 58.0mm iso5000 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
MarcViskens17-Aug-2012 18:58
very nice work Helen
nice details
I like it very much
Milan Vogrin16-Aug-2012 16:14
Very nice details.
ac15-Aug-2012 17:47
Nice color crop.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)15-Aug-2012 08:29
Belle prise de vue et fantastique iso5000 Helen!!! BV
John Hamers13-Aug-2012 10:27
Outstanding details !! V
janescottcumming12-Aug-2012 02:36
Very pretty! Incredible work and details. V
bill friedlander12-Aug-2012 01:03
Intricate work and lovely color contrasts. Reminds me of some fine pottery. V
woody3411-Aug-2012 22:36
Very beautiful and intricate work...It is wonderful to see these treasures coming back to what they were intended for..lovely capture..
Mairéad11-Aug-2012 20:28
It might have been difficult to capture but you've done an excellent job
getting these beautiful details. V
Colin Storey11-Aug-2012 20:13
Fantastic details and light, superb image. v
MummaDragon11-Aug-2012 13:28
I'll go along with all of the previous comments, and add that I like the compositional angle. Artfully draped cherubs, angels 'n whatever always tickle my sense of humour.
Stephanie11-Aug-2012 11:05
Superb lighting Helen! Is that a painted ceiling with a 3D effect or are those actual sculptures? V
Guest 11-Aug-2012 10:15
I really like it's 3-D effect. v
Jola Dziubinska11-Aug-2012 09:39
Wonderful ornate decorations, perfect light and details in your photo, Helen. V.