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St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Cologne: Ceiling

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 1 February 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Let's forget for a moment that Pope Benedict promoted a Harry Potter hater and moral hedgehopper to the rank of a bishop of Linz, Austria. This is not for the faint of heart, and I've already been excited last Sunday. People of Linz: please accept my deepest sympathy.

These are the vaults of St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, another church of the early Baroque from the Society of Jesus, and we'll have some closer looks at it in the next few days. One of the most 'Italian' churches I've found here, you won't be disappointed.

Batkoï from Salon de Provence, France


1 Feb 2009 8:46am

@Batkoï: :-)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh my goodness!!! And I thought yesterdays was an optical illusion! This is BRILLIANT ms!!
Incredible! Perfect! Wonderful! Intricate! Mesmerising!
Bravo my friend and 5 stars !!!!

1 Feb 2009 10:11am

@Linerberry: Glad you like it! :-)

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

This is halucinating and dazzling indeed. Well done!

1 Feb 2009 2:01pm

@Alphons: Thanks very much!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

What an exquisite design, it's like a complex web, very well taken MS.

1 Feb 2009 5:13pm

@Observing: Monday you'll see that the floor pattern repeats this net.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

That's quite a shot. Never read any Harry Potter myself, but I've always thought these "church" attacks on fictive entertainment to be not only silly, but misguided --since it is apparent in almost every case that those launching the attack either have not read or watched what they're attacking, or they didn't understand it. My rule now is that any work of fiction attacked for supposed "immorality" is one I must read or watch.

1 Feb 2009 10:03pm

@Twelvebit: The Index - well, in former times you could be sure to find the finest world literature there (it's abolished for sevaral decades). But Harry Potter...

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Wow simply spectacular, what a beautiful design it inspires flight. This has got to be one of your best examples of lie down and shoot on your back.

1 Feb 2009 11:06pm

@JoeB: Thanks, Joe! Now I have to get a massage...

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is an incredibly beautiful image, my friend! it is so clear and clean and PRECISE. I am really enjoying your tour through such grand architecture. is this a single image or several joined together, like a panorama?

2 Feb 2009 12:27am

@jim: Thank you very much, Jim! This is a single image - the joy of 10 mm! :-)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very different style of ceiling. Beautiful.

2 Feb 2009 2:02am

@akarui: Über-Gothic. :)

Laurent from Lyon, France

I first thought it was a panorama made of two pictures, but you did already answered that is was not. Beautiful ceiling and very good shot.

2 Feb 2009 12:35pm

@Laurent: My last visit to this church is several years ago - glad I rediscovered it last weekend with my wife.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! This only blows away yesterday's example of ceiling work. And you captured a very long stretch of this ceiling, beautifully illustrating its design.

5 Feb 2009 2:33pm

@Steven: I think here the height / length ratio is perfect. A very hamonic architecture.

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Thanks for linking back to this which I had somehow missed. Spectacular is an over-used word but I'll stick with it !

17 Feb 2009 8:25pm

@Ronnie 2¢: It's a good word, it makes my day, so use it freely, use it often! :-D

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Sagenhaft, und irgendwie mehr wissenschaftlicher Natur diese Gewölbestrukturen als klassisch religiös - ich hab´s nicht so mit dem Bodenpersonal ;)
Deine *1000 Dank* verlinkte Sammlung ist ein echtes Schmuckstück, werde ich mir je nach Stimmung zu Gemüt führen.

10 Aug 2009 10:38pm

@daniela scharnowski: Freut mich! Viel Spaß dabei! :)

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

this is just a marvel...

2 Jan 2011 2:08pm

@KriKridesign: Try the 'ceiling' tag link - you'll find many more!