Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saint Stephen's Lion

Lion Head Door Knocker, Saint Stephen's Basilica, Budapest, Hungary  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film)



Saint Stephen's Basilica was built in the neo-Classical style in 1905 and is the tallest building in Budapest. As with the tallest church in Charleston (Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, 255 feet.), city regulations state no building in Budapest shall be taller than Saint Stephen's (315 feet). This door knocker shows beautifully ornate metal work, and a rather docile looking lion head awaiting your entry.

17 comments:

  1. I SO enjoy your photography, Doug... it is so colorful and your eye is excellent!

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  2. Superb. I'll never have anything as beautiful on my door...

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  3. hey, welcome to my home :)
    great light and framing

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  4. Beautiful and noble detail. Love the process and composition here.
    Have a nice day.

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  5. Beautiful capture!

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  6. great details with a beautiful range of colors

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  7. Budapest is also one of my favourite cities in Europe.
    This lions looks more elegant than the ones on the Chain Bridge.

    Have you been to Barcelona, D?
    It's truly an amazing place.

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  8. Beautiful image Doug. Love the tones that you have here.

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  9. I really like this door knocker and the beautiful warm colors of the wood door.

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  10. superbe ce détail, et quelle belles couleurs

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  11. I extremly like metal blue and yellow as a colour pair.
    Very nice and spectacular photo, well done.
    Greetings.

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  12. That's a great picture. I have been there about one year ago and must confess that I didn't observe this fascinating detail...

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  13. Beautiful details and colors.
    Many other colorful pictures that I like in your recent pictures too.

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  14. I like how beautiful the blue tones of the metal complement the warm orange hues of the wood. The details and textures are fabulous too. You have a great eye for interesting details.

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  15. i like the "docile" look of this lion - or should we say "sheepish"?!? (if this is acceptable to a lion!!)
    what i like even better is the color contrast here, bw the (cold) metal and the (warm) wood ...

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  16. Gorgeous detail and as always I love the background information--great post Doug!

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  17. i wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this sorta apologetic look on the lion.. a fine shot of the details here..

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