Tuesday 17 December 2013 - Filed under Variety
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Image by Sean MacEntee
Bet Giyorgis from the Northeast
Image by A.Davey
In this view of the 13th century Church of Bet Giorgis, it is actually obvious which the bedrock found on the south edge of the basin (left) was lowered plus leveled to shape a platform of kinds.
I assume the level region permitted spectators to observe, or at minimum hear, occasions happening found on the floor of the basin, that would have included prayers, sermons, plus religious processions, music plus tunes.
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Note: The upper appropriate section of the picture instantly above the church rooftop chosen to show a dirt road (not the easy foot path) plus what looked like a big field of gravel.
In the interest of striving to show how the building plus it environs could have appeared many centuries ago, I have eliminated the road plus gravel with Photoshop CS3.
Something informs me the hillsides inside the valley behind the church could have been forested whenever Lalibela was at its peak. I havent tried to reproduce that with Photoshop.
The authentic, unprocessed photograph showed a range of low mountains inside the distance, plus cloudy sky with rays of sunshine coming by the break inside the overcast. It was very scenic.
Needless to say, because I set the exposure to capture the pretty sky, the foreground, that contains the church, was black. I invested many hours inside fruitless tries to grow the exposure inside the foreground whilst keeping the detail inside the sky. No go. At right, the image looked like a Mars Rover took it. At worst, the pic resembled a bad standard hand-tinted postcard from regarding 1910.
So I place away the processing toys plus settled for improving the exposure, then adding a bit of comparison, as well as the happen is what we see here. Fortunately, I did capture the dramatic sky inside a inside image a some pictures back.
According to the Website sacredsites.com,
"The many great of the Lalibela churches, called Bet Giorgis, is focused on St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia."
"According to legend, whenever King Lalibela had virtually completed the group of churches that God had instructed him to build, Saint George appeared (inside full armor plus riding his white horse) plus sharply reproached the king for without built a home for him. Lalibela guaranteed to build a church more stunning than all of the others for the saint."
"The church of Bet Giorgis is a almost best cube, hewn inside the form of the cross, plus is oriented thus which the key entrance is within the west as well as the holy of holies inside the east. The 9 windows of the bottom row are blind; the twelve windows above are practical."
"One quite sophisticated details of Bet Giorgis is the fact that the wall width increases step-by-step downwards however which the horizontal bands of molding found on the outdoor walls cleverly conceal the heighten."
"The rooftop design, usually utilized now because the signal of the Lalibela monuments, is a relief of 3 equilateral Greek crosses inside every different. The church is set inside a deep pit with perpendicular walls plus it may just be entered through a hidden tunnel carved inside the stone."