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Do you see the space monster?

A different aspect of the ceiling of the beautiful Basílica de la Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. 

The space monster? Well, if you look for the 2 blue-white eyes midway down the frame, the many jewelled nose and the stained glass mouth. It even has 2 more eyes on stalks, one blue, one green (top of frame). Just an overactive imagination, did you say? Well, perhaps! ;)

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Along the length

This is a view across the length of the beautiful Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia), showing the high vaulted ceiling and chapels all around the periphery.

Three frame vertorama, high ISO as it was pretty dark inside. 16mm, f/8.0, 1/15sec, ISO 10000, handheld.

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Magnificent

We almost didn't visit this building. We were wandering around Barcelona and headed somewhere else, but passed by the Barcelona Cathedral and went in. What a beautiful building! Constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, this Gothic cathedral is simply magnificent.

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Silent Carousel

It was late on a cold winter night and there was hardly anyone at the Piazza della Republica in Florence, Italy. The antique carousel, still operated by the Picci family, silent and still at this time, somehow looked sad.

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Crowning work

This masterpiece sculpture was captured as a 4 frame vertorama @70mm rather than with a wide angle lens so that the beautiful features breathed into it by Benvenuto Cellini can be better seen, so view full screen, zoom into it and have a look. Cellini's "Perseus with the head of Medusa" at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, is considered his crowning work. While known as a violent and tortured soul, his work, especially gold and bronze sculpture is exquisite. This sculpture was created in 1545 for the Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici. Cellini cast it as a single piece of bronze because he was competing with Michelangelo’s David, Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus, and Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes, which were already erected in the piazza.

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Just look up

(Best viewed full screen). This is the scene that greets you if you look straight up as you enter the Basílica de la Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, it is an incredible building really worth seeing, even though it is as yet incomplete even though construction was started in 1882. Here you see an aspect of part of the ceiling and the wonderful walls full of stained glass through which is streaming the late afternoon sun.

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Labour of faith

This 3 frame vertorama shows the massive main bronze door, and the wonderful artwork that surrounds it, at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as Il Duomo di Firenze), which is the main church of Florence, Italy. The three huge bronze doors are adorned with scenes from the life of the Madonna. The mosaic above this door is "Christ enthroned with Mary and John the Baptist".

High ISO image shot at night. 35mm, f/4.0, 1/40sec, ISO 11400.
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Look upon these works in wonder

This three frame vertorama shows some of the most prominent features of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. This shows the awe-inspiring work of Michelangelo, incuding the massive dome, the tallest dome in the world. Bernini's baldacchino, the structure seen below the dome is supposedly the largest piece of bronze in the world, and is above the altar, below which is supposedly the tomb of St Peter. Also seen are the four massive pillars called Bernini's Towers, each of which contains an important relic. From Wikipedia, "the spear of Longinus, said to have pierced the side of Christ, the veil of Veronica, with the miraculous image of the face of Christ, a fragment of the True Cross, and a relic of St. Andrew, the brother of St. Peter".

The sheer scale and size of this area is difficult to see from the image but the fact that it took 3 frames high at 16mm wide-angle and the tilted vertical perspectives may give you some idea of this. (16mm, f/8.0, 1/15sec, ISO 2800, handheld).

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Inverted visions of the night

A view of the River Arno in Florence, Italy, in the blue hour. Best viewed full screen.

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An elliptical square

This is a view of the huge Piazza San Pietro (St Peter's Square) at the Vatican, taken with St Peter's Basilica to my back. The open area you see here is surrounded by the two hemicycles of a four-row colonnade. The Square was designed and built by Bernini between 1656 and 1667.

5 frame panorama (15 frames, 5 x 3 bracketed frame sets).

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