Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Behind the Lens :: Hidden Architecture

Church of St. Joseph
I just could not get enough of the architecture on our trip. The buildings are magnificent. Big or small they all have so much craftsmanship packed into their design. While we spent much of our day in Prague around the main town square of the old town, we managed to wander off down some side streets and stumble upon a few hidden treasures. 

A few posts back I showed you a picture of the amazing metal door of the Church of St. Joseph decorated with filigree. This is the front of that church. Just another church, down just another side road. 

Church of St. Joseph Skylight
It was hot while we were there. Really hot. Mid to high 90s and no A/C. 

But the second I pushed open the door to the church I felt a waft of cool air rush across my face that just drew me in. 

It was a small chapel. Nothing special, no ornate alter or huge crucifix hanging from the wall. Just a simple place to find some reprieve and quiet solitude. I sat in a pew and cooled off. Looking up all I could see was this beam of soft light coming in from the narrow sky light at the top of the dome. I was truly lost in my own space and time that I didn't notice the small face a few rows up intensely staring at me. I was a complete curiosity to the young girl. I guess just as much as this old church was to me. Funny how that happens sometimes when you are so intent on things going on in your own little world that you forget to notice the effect you have on the world around you.

12 comments:

JoJo said...

Beautiful. I love shooting architecture too and I often wonder how I lived within the confines of 24 and 36 exposure film.

Christine Altmiller said...

Always look intently at that which pleases you.

Miss Val's Creations said...

The exterior is stunning! I love how the columns look stacked.

BeadedTail said...

Wonder what the girl was thinking! That's a beautiful place to find a little solitude!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Oh my! that is a tiny person going into that church! :)

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful Church Cynthia. I know all about being so wrapped up in my own thoughts and wonder of a place, that all that is around me fads. Maybe the little girl was just as impressed with your deep thought as you were with the church's beauty.
Therese

windrock studio said...

What a perfect spot you stumbled into ... I can just feel the cool air after the hot day outside and the lovely soft light shining down. And I bet you will be a nice memory for that child.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What an amazing place. I love all the detail!

Duni said...

Truly amazing architecture! The skylight is great! Isn't it nice that the little girl was fascinated by you :)

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

The attention to every single detail in these old structures - I mean, look how long they have been around! That's what fascinates me - many of these buildings in Europe have been there for centuries...and the INCREDIBLE details. To create something that is not only structurally sound and aesthetically beautiful...sigh....

Magic Love Crow said...

Gorgeous!!! So true what you said in your last statement!

Marcela Gmd said...

Great architecture!!!
Besos, Marcela♥

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