Beautiful light

24 Apr

Isn’t it beautiful how the afternoon light falls through the stained glass window and paints the side altar of Saint Mary’s cathedral with wonderful colours and light! Perfect timing of light is one of the key-factors when it comes to capture a beautiful picture! Late afternoon is a good time to visit Saint Mary. But it should be a sunny day of course and time varies a lot depending on time of year. This HDR-picture was captured in late August.

See how beautiful the afternoon light falls through the stained glass window on the side altar of Saint Mary's Cathedral in Visby, Gotland.This is in my opinion the most beautiful of our 13 cathedrals domkyrkor in Sweden, the Cathedral of Saint Mary Sankta Maria Domkyrka in Swedish. Out of the many churches that existed in medieval Visby only one remains in service, Saint Mary's Cathedral 13 other remains as church ruins. Construction of the church, dedicated to Virgin Mary, begun in the late 1100s on funds donated by German merchants. The church also known as Our dear wifes church during medieval times was originally built as a guest church for German merchants but after a fire destroyed the German parish church of Saint Nicolai the church was inaugurated as a parish church for both the German and Gutnish parishes. After the church of Saint Hans was abandoned in 1533 the church of Saint Mary remained the only parish church of Visby. Many of the other churches were burnt down when Lübeck invaded Visby in 1525, but Saint Mary's was spared. When the Diocese of Visby was founded in 1572, Saint Mary becomes a cathedral.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Photo, Visby


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