E.J.Wilkins

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√Čvora


√Čvora Cathedral


These beautifully carved figures stand high to the right of the main door of the Cathedral at √Čvora, Portugal.

√Čvora is - here - and there is more about the Cathedral - here - and also with each of my series of pictures from the town, which you will find - here -

The Cathedral is World Heritage Site.
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√Čvora


√Čvora Cathedral


These beautifully carved figures stand high to the right of the main door of the Cathedral at √Čvora, Portugal.

√Čvora is - here - and there is more about the Cathedral - here - and also with each of my series of pictures from the town, which you will find - here -

The Cathedral is World Heritage Site.
.

comments (22)

Very nice picture Ellie: I wonder which one is the holiest
EJWilkins: I don't know. I think they may be the apostles because there are twelve statues altogether, but I can't identify them
What wonderful craftsmanship in these old statues. Great for you to share them.
EJWilkins: It's amazing detailed work isn't it
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2008, 02:09
You've captured a very nice detail high to the right, Ellie. I wonder what they talk about when no one is watching!
EJWilkins: Ah, but I'm sure they only talk to each other at night, and when morning comes have to stand very still all day ...
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2008, 02:32
Great shot are they marble?
EJWilkins: I really don't know, but I think they might be. Certainly not the same stone as the Cathedral itself.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2008, 09:32
When I see these figures, I am always amazed by the craftsmenship, the love they put in to make these look so delicate, very well captured, yes me too I wonder, what will they talk about after closing hours....
EJWilkins: They're a work of love and devotion aren't they.
Ah, so you think they talk to each other at night as well wink
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Feb 2008, 09:43
You captured som wonderful detail
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul, it was quite easy, except for the bright sunshine which spoiled some of my efforts.
Very nice capture Ellie. Great details
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2008, 10:10
They all look a little confused to me - and all of the same person?
EJWilkins: Ah, they're confused because they were all talking at once and had to stop because the sun came up. They do look as if they're all the same person, I wonder who was the model?
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2008, 11:32
Craftsmanship smile
EJWilkins: Yes, that says it all doesn't it. smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 3 Feb 2008, 11:46
I imagine they could tell a few stories Ellie.The end statues must have been the elders or higher ranked as they have more design under there feet.
Nice shotsmile
EJWilkins: That's a good point Tracy, I wonder if it would help in identifying them. I think they might be the Apostles because there are twelve statues altogether - not possible to photograph them all at the same time.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 3 Feb 2008, 12:09
Nice detail Ellie. I try to stay away from religion but I admire the craftsmanship in the building of the old churches and buildings. great how they seem to be about to look at each other sort of wondering what to do next or where to go maybe.
EJWilkins: Well, I haven't been to church, except for weddings and funerals, for ages. But, on Sundays and we still, in general, benefit from it being a religious day so almost all my Sunday images have a religious theme, depending on where I've been to take pictures.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 3 Feb 2008, 12:23
@Ginnie - the guys at the end are arguing over which direction he pub is. The figure on the right has a printed map, while the three in the middle are just peeved as they forgot to charge their SATNAV...Sorry Ellie, I can't resist a story smile
EJWilkins: And the one in the middle is off for a game of hockey?
I can't imagine a greater contrast with the deer pics than this beautiful photo, they won't run away and let you approach as close as you can. Gives a good picture of old ages with saints recommending things we dislike so much today: dealing with swords and holy books.
EJWilkins: You're right, these chaps weren't going anywhere. I do try to keep my Sunday pictures separate. If I knew the symbolism I would know who they are, but sadly I don't.
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 3 Feb 2008, 16:50
There is so much history here.. it tells such a story. Wonderful capture.
EJWilkins: It's another wonderful example of church architecture.
I hope I'm not struck down by lightning, but there is something slightly comical about this group! Your picture is well taken .
EJWilkins: I don't think there's any danger of lightening striking Bill. wink I reckon that these figures come alive each night and when dawn breaks they're frozen in whatever pose ...
A great bunch of saints ! What a sculpture !
EJWilkins: The detail is quite wonderful isn't it
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2008, 21:30
looks like a game of chinese whispers to me, I wonder what the start story was and the end version! lol

good work Ellie, I like it. mal
EJWilkins: Yep, could be Chinese Whispers, it does look a bit like it.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2008, 22:01
Nice picture - good job capturing the depth of the statues.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Jewlya, thanks
  • Aussie
  • Back on nights
  • 3 Feb 2008, 22:07
Lovely capture Ellie, the details are superb.
EJWilkins: It was the stonemasons who made the details, I was lucky enough to see them with the camera in my hand wink
Wacky image Ellie, but I'm worried about your sharpening- have you been able to reduce that 300% figure yet? It's giving you artefacts! (will discuss!)
EJWilkins: Yes, please do discuss. smile
I'm not too thrilled with it either, but I'm not sure what's happened. The picture before uploading seemed OK, was taken as JPEG (last spring). Uploaded +sharpening ended like this, uploaded -sharpening looked soft. Have no idea why. I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned it.
A good detail in the sculptures, Ellie! You remember? http://jasdg.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Monasterio_/:)
  • David Bird
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 6 Feb 2008, 21:03
Nice composition - it does look like they could easily come to life!

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