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The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Monastery

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Yes, of course – you will be asking why the hell did I shoot those nice flowers instead of the Church and monastery… You would be right, but I will tell you something, that will be useful if you will go there. Do not go there late in the evenings, cause the monks close the doors of the monastery, so you have to go round it and take the pictures only of the buildings. But, that’s not bad, as I did find one of the back doors open, and while nobody did see me, I did one last shot for my film (damn, I could have taken more films…). So you can check the inside of it.

Yes, of course – you will be asking why the hell did I shoot those nice flowers instead of the Church and monastery… You would be right, but I will tell you something, that will be useful if you will go there. Do not go there late in the evenings, cause the monks close the doors of the monastery, so you have to go round it and take the pictures only of the buildings. But, that’s not bad, as I did find one of the back doors open, and while nobody did see me, I did one last shot for my film (damn, I could have taken more films…). So you can check the inside of it.

Why is it interesting in the architectural way? It’s a basilica, which has got some parts of the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The roof is long and high, there are 2 towers on the facade. Vaulting is done in the “crossed” way (are there any architects, who could help me explaining all this stuff I have heard back there?). Once again, red bricks, high roofs, massive buildings and so on.

But the other part of the story takes us back to 1613, when the owner of an estate nearby said to the monks: "come here and live in peace. After 400 years there will be lots of lomographers around – you will have to deal with their crazy cameras… ". Well, he did not say those words, but we all have imagination, right? What is more, this monastery ensemble is one of the greatest memorials of Baroque epoch in the whole Northern Europe. When to come? As I did mention that already, try to be as early as you can – the monks do not watch late night TV shows and go to sleep early in the evening. The best time to come is summer – there are lots of different art festivals in Tytuvenai, the town where this architectural “thing” is located. By the way, if I am lucky enough and lomolocations will take my story about the holy place called Siluva, so you have to know, that the trip of pilgrims to Siluva starts here, in the The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And of course, there are lots of colorful flowers…

http://survigloters.supermedia.pl/Litwaparki/parkai/a_2_4.htm
More information:
==http://www.trp.lt/index.php?language=en==
http://lt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tytuv%C4%97nai

written by jogintas on 2008-04-27 #places #religion #flora #architecture #location #culture #art

One Comment

  1. tttheresa
    tttheresa ·

    What lens/camera combo is this??
    Loveee them
    :)

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