Thursday, April 11, 2013

Italy in Poland

Courtyard Balconies, Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland  
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film)


Dating from the 14th century, the royal castle of Wawel Hill was where Poland's rulers lived until the early 20th century. It was originally designed in the Gothic style, but was later renovated as a Renaissance palace. You can see the influence of Italian architects in these arched and balustraded balconies.

Wawel Hill has a long and fascinating history, including human settlement dating back to the Paleolithic Age, a legendary dragon, and the location of one of the world's most powerful chakras (spiritual energies).



11 comments:

  1. Another skilfully executed architectural shot. The framing is just brilliant.

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  2. I LOVE these arches, so beautiful romantic architecture and this picture is splendid, love the angle!
    Léia

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  3. Nice piece of history. Both on the building and on your text.
    Great lines and light.

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  4. Clever framing to get the repeating curves to lead the eye through the image. A pleasure to visit as ever Doug!

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  5. From the USA to Poland in one swift architecturally wonderful step.

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  6. There is a lot of energy in this photo Doug. Love the multiple arches and particularly the scroll work on top of the column.

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  7. It's a place I always wanted to visit, haven't succeed till now:(

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  8. Beautiful classic design, well shown.

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  9. the curves and lines look really gorgeous, well done! :)

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  10. Excellent pov! Nicely seen.
    Have a nice day.

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