This a view of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore from the Riva degli Schiavoni, one of the loveliest, albeit often overcrowded, waterfront promenades along the Grand Canal in Venice. The Riva Degli Schiavoni commences outside the Doges Palace and ends near the Arsenal.
To the south of the Riva degli Schiavoni, across the Grand Canal, is located the islet of San Giorgio Maggiore. The island has recently become renowned as a cultural center and is the site of many concerts and recitals.
The two modern buildings seem to look upon the old Coptic church with sullenness. However, the old building seems to withstand the pressure overbearingly.
I thought this was an interesting view of three different buildings, modern and old, religious and urban, standing together side by side, forming a unique urban landscape. The photo was taken in Vienna, Austria, near the Vienna International Center (VIC) and St Markus Coptic Church. On the left is the E wing of the VIC and on the right of the church there is a glass business tower, the IZD Tower. Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.
This is a night view from near where I live down to the bay. In the middle of the bay lies the small uninhabited Raftis island after which the whole bay and the seaside resort town of about 10,000 inhabitants takes its name, Porto Rafti. This place used to be my beloved summer holidays resort as a child and ended up being the location of my permanent residence today.
The Raftis island is like a cone-shaped hill that that's grown in the sea like many other Greek islets. On top of the hill there's a lighthouse comforting approaching seamen that are about to enter the safe waters of the protected bay, or otherwise waving Godspeed if the journey just begins.
There's something mystical about this scenery at moonlit peaceful nights, when the sea is still, no wind at all, the silence is dense, and far in the distance all you can see is the lighthouse sending its monotonous, yet so soul warming, signal.
This is one of my early digital photos taken some ten years ago, back in 2005, in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. A couple of hours after midnight, it was really cold and windy, and the view of Tyn Church (or Church of Our Lady before Tyn) was majestic fading out through the snowstorm. I set up a small tripod I was carrying while trying for my fingers not to freeze and used back curtain flash hoping to capture the snowflakes and render some of the landscape's wintry atmosphere. The photograph really brings back memories and feelings of that trip.
It is said that Tyn Church inspired Walt Disney for Sleeping Beauty Castle!