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Sameba Cathedral

Sameba Cathedral
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Copyright: Nika Shmell (Norely) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 15] (265)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 400D, Marumi MC C-PL
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 5:49
Viewed: 6525
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The idea to build a new cathedral to commemorate 1,500 years of autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church and 2,000 years from the birth of Jesus emerged as early as 1989, a crucial year for the national awakening of the then-Soviet republic of Georgia. In May 1989, the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate and the authorities of Tbilisi announced an international contest for the project of the "Holy Trinity Cathedral." No winner was chosen at the first round of the contest when more than a hundred projects were submitted. Finally the project of architect Archil Mindiashvili won. The subsequent turbulent years of civil unrest deferred this grandiose plan for six years, and it was not until November 23, 1995 when the foundation for the new cathedral was finally laid. The construction of the church as a "symbol of the Georgian national and spiritual revival" has been sponsored through mostly anonymous donations by several businessmen and common citizens. On November 23 2004, on St. George's Day, the cathedral was consecrated by Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II and the high-ranking representatives of fellow Orthodox churches of the world. The ceremonial was also attended by the leaders of other religious and confessional communities of Georgia as well as political leaders.

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Hello Nika,
A very nice and sharp picture from the Cathedral,good perspective too.
Your note is interessant!
t.f.s. and greeting,

Hi Nika
great capture of an interesting architecture.
good pov. very clear and sharp details.
nice colors.
educational note.

HI Nika...great shot...perfect composition, details and light.


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-10-22 13:08]

I like the scenery very much Nika,nice architecture and sky.

Hello Nika!
Wonderful architecture!
Good light and nice colours in your picture!
Perfect sharpness!
Best regards!

Hello Nika,

beautiful contrasts and colors on this very balanced composition.Good work on the POV.
Well done

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  • kolesn Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 88 W: 9 N: 40] (1147)
  • [2009-07-14 23:51]

An illustration to a fairy tale - the shot has really fantastic atmosphere.

Let's also say 'thank you' to the author for quoting Wikipedia in the Note :)

Hi Nika! Beautiful place, nice capture. Clear and well composed. Best regards Csabi

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-02-14 9:49]

Hi Mika,

Excellent view of the Cathédral, great light and perfect frame.
I like the détails and the architecture view, very nice perspective.
Best regards, have a good week.

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