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Photo "The Red Church near Plovdiv, Bulgaria"

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The Red Church near Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Immediately after the Oecumenical Council of Reconciliation summoned in Serdica in 343 AD, the construction of many new cult building started in the whole of Thrace, among which such of worshipping the memory of martyrs who died for the establishment of the Christianity. One of the most remarkable architectural masterpieces of that early period was the so-called Red Church. Today its ruins stand right in the middle of a field, about 15 km southwest of Plovdiv, near the small town of Perushtitza. Some of the church ruins are quite high, so exact reconstruction of what it used to be like could be easily done. The central and highest part of the church is the four-semi-domed hall, whose huge dome is highly erected. The building?s symmetry is cut by the two additional sections to the north and south ? the northern section had a pool covered with pink marble. This where the christening took place, before the newly baptized Christian could walk into the inside section of the church. The very place where the church was erected was not haphazardly chosen ? the Red Church was deliberately and strategically built close to an existing pagan sanctuary, located in the vicinity of such a huge and rich city as Philippopolis, very near the key roads leading from Thrace to the White Sea and from Constantinople to Western Europe. Most probably its place had been connected to the popular at that time Christian cult to the martyrs ? here must have been kept the relics of some eminent martyr who had died fighting for the establishment of Christianity in these lands. Later on, the initial building was reorganized into a church, while its martyral functions were transferred to the large chapel situated south of the big doorway. It is obvious that once it used to be an imposing in its size church, having elaborately decorated walls and beautiful mosaic floors ? an especially beautiful church, estimated today as one of the masterpieces of early-Christian architecture in Europe. What is most impressive to all the specialists in Ancient and Byzantine Art and Architecture is the beauty of the wall paintings. They place the Red Church side by side with the best samples of the early-Christian paining kept in the Ravena Basilicas (6th-7th century), the Sinai Monasteries (6th-7th century), the St.Dimiter (St.James) Church in Thessaloniki (7th-8th century), and the unique St.Sofia in Istanbul (6th century). 
mon 1 May 2006 18:26
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Sergej Nemertvyj Sergej Nemertvyj #1 mon 1 May 2006 18:33

Отличная карточка...реалистичные цвета!

Phil Sanders Phil Sanders #2 mon 1 May 2006 20:36

Superb .. great light, tones and colours and an excellent composition...

Nuno Milheiro Nuno Milheiro #3 mon 1 May 2006 22:17

Thanks for the notes!
Superb composition, great details, colours, light and textures of the old architecture!


Elena HL Elena HL #4 mon 1 May 2006 22:48

Wondeful view! Great colors! Superb, Nick!

Kathleen B. Kathleen B. #5 mon 1 May 2006 22:48

Great work !
Have a good time:-)

Nada Vujanic Nada Vujanic #6 mon 1 May 2006 23:37

Beautiful light on the walls.
Wonderful sky in the back.
Thanks for the notes!

Serg Hrolikov Serg Hrolikov #7 Tue 2 May 2006 11:37

Очень понравилось фото. Жаль из комментария ничего не понял - с английским проблема, ну а переводчик...сами знаете

Nadezda Koldysheva Nadezda Koldysheva #9 Tue 2 May 2006 12:51

Великолепный пейзаж!!!

Britvich Julia Britvich Julia #10 Tue 2 May 2006 16:39

Very nice landscape!! I like so match,want in favorits!! sorry for possibles mistakes smile

Craig Hansen Craig Hansen #11 Tue 2 May 2006 18:01

Stunning work!!!

silvia marmori silvia marmori #12 Tue 2 May 2006 18:33

impressing all senses..
the light, the colours.. the mood..
and your notes!

Rodrigo Neves Rodrigo Neves #13 Tue 2 May 2006 21:34

Excelent lights and colors, a truly beautiful picture of this ruins. I loved it.

Berenice Kauffmann Abud  - AFIAP Berenice Kauffmann Abud - AFIAP #14 Thu 4 May 2006 06:58

WOW!!! Fantastic work... Wonderful!!!!!
Warmest regards!

Alex Litinsky Alex Litinsky #15 mon 8 May 2006 13:48

Качественное фото!!!

Elena Kuznetsova Elena Kuznetsova #16 Sun 21 May 2006 14:44