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The Tattooed Church

 

If ever a church were to be tattooed, it'd look like this, I'm sure!

Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary




The Tattooed Church

 

If ever a church were to be tattooed, it'd look like this, I'm sure!

Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary




comments (41)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2013, 01:35
Beautiful capture Ginnie! The light and color are awesome. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances. This is one of those churches where your jaw is on the floor the entire time!
That is one bucket full of beautiful colour.
Ginnie Hart: It was such a beautiful surprise, Michael, and so unexpected! Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jul 2013, 04:40
It was almost overwhelming. Love the light and the wonderful colours.
Beautiful patterns.
Great title smile
Ginnie Hart: "Overwhelming" is a good word, MLMA. I have never seen anything like it! No wonder they included it as one of our excursions on our river cruise! Hartstikke bedankt.
Such gorgeous colors Ginnie! Lovely comp!
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Elizabeth. It really was full of surprise for us!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2013, 05:49
An amazing sight Ginnie. Sometimes we find the echoes of this sort of thing stretching centuries back in UK churches
Ginnie Hart: Seeing the image again, Chris, reminds me of what a surprise this church was to see. Someone went through a LOT of work to express themselves in such a way!!!
The title says it all Ginnie... great image... the only thing that looks normal to me in this church is the statue of Christ with the lamb across his shoulders....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. To be honest, it was hard to find anything "normal" in this church! grin
  • Focales
  • France
  • 22 Jul 2013, 06:16
Just wonderful. Love colors and angle you choice
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. This was such a "wild" church to photograph, as you can imagine!
An explosion of colour Ginnie. As Chris says, at one time our churches were painted inside but now only a few traces remain.
Ginnie Hart: I had no clue your churches were originally similar to this, Bill. I'd love to see that for myself!!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jul 2013, 06:56
Oh, you are so right - a bit too much confusing decoration to my eyes in my view, but a beautiful photo! I think the believers should close their eyes in order not to be distracted in paying attention to the speech of the priest unless it is too ... Ely Cathedral has also a very colourful ceiling - and think of the Sixtine Chapel - and also the chapel of Frederiksborg Palace in Denmark was overwhelming- yes, Astrid used the right word!
Ginnie Hart: It really was overwhelming, Philine, but we're still glad we saw it. Not sure how easy it would be to worship there, however!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2013, 07:31
Isn't that amazing
Ginnie Hart: It really is, Aussie!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2013, 07:42
I suspect our medieval Churches were once painted in blues, reds and greens, and not as delicately as this, nor in this style
Ginnie Hart: My guess is yours would be very different, indeed, Lisl. I'd love to compare the two!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2013, 07:52
Ginnie this is simply stunning
Ginnie Hart: Over-the-top stunning, indeed, Adrian!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2013, 07:59
cost a few dollars at the hourly rate of tattooists smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Tony!
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 22 Jul 2013, 08:02
I like that connotation Ginnie, it works well. A very nicely decorated church.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chad. Almost every square inch was painted. Almost.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 22 Jul 2013, 08:30
Quelle belle prise ! Bonne journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Merci, JP!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2013, 09:12
Love the thought of this being tattoo art. What incredible work. Can you imagine being the one to have painted this??
Ginnie Hart: No, Marcie, I can't imagine any one person painting this! I wonder if several people painted it, and if so, how they maintained the precision! The whole thing boggles my mind! smile
This is a bit over the top. smile
But I still like it.
Ginnie Hart: Totally over the top, LC. That's why the place is flooded with tourists! smile
This makes a nice change for a church, never seen one like this before.
Ginnie Hart: I've never seen anythging like it, Mick. I'd love to know how long it took and with how many artists!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2013, 10:21
What an absolutely gorgeous place and photo. The colors and patterns just send me! It's not easy to compose a shot of this ceiling, and you did a beautiful job.
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Ruth, because this truly was a difficult church to photograph and I'm still not sure I got it right. But at least you get the idea of the place. Thank you for your encouragement.
Wonderful,Ginnie,much nicer than most tattoo images. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frank, and, yes, quite nice...even if a bit overwhelming! smile
The colours are spectacular, nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Devavrat.
What a gem of a church Ginnie. I wonder how old it is and if there was an Arabic influence
Ginnie Hart: It's really quite outrageous, Janet, isn't it! The actual church is from 1015 but has been through many renovations, so I'm not sure how old this painting is!
Just read the link
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Janet. I still don't know how old these paintings are!
Just incredible, Ginnie. I can see how your tattoo description would spring to mind.
Ginnie Hart: I have never seen anything like it, Beverly! Thank you.
Now that is so cool! Perfect title!
Ginnie Hart: It was hard not to think of tattoos when we saw this, Robin! Thanks.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jul 2013, 12:39
What fabulous colours. I dread to think of the number of hours that went in to this.
Ginnie Hart: I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of time this took, Alan, especially if it was all done by one person??!!
Nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Preyi.
What a fine church, lovely artistry here. goes without saying I'd like to go in there.
Ginnie Hart: You'd be overwhelmed, Brian. Trust me! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2013, 14:57
I have seen some of the most colourful decorated churches in Hungary. This one as well, near the bastion.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis...near the Fisherman's Bastion, indeed. It's realluy something else, isn't it!
This is truly magical Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sally. I like that descriptive word for this place.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jul 2013, 18:48
What an incredible place - wonderful capture of all the colours
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. It definitely is an incredible place!
Amazing - I've never seen that on my two or three visits - if I ever get back it will be a must!
Ginnie Hart: Interestingly, Tom, it was the one excursion of our day on our river cruise! I never would have known about it otherwise. Definitely a must. You'll be "short of eyes."
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jul 2013, 02:09
It is gorgeous, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray.
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2013, 02:29
Well done and beautiful capture of the church walls
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Robbyne.
Apt title and I do agree with your reasoning. This place is stacked with art work
Ginnie Hart: You wouldn't believe it, Ayush. Totally over-the-top!
  • Sue
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2013, 15:14
WOW! Just WOW!!!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Sue. You would be "short of eyes."
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2013, 19:24
Beautiful -- -- love the title
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jennie.
  • Sarito
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2013, 14:03
Love the details work, the colours, patters are amazing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sarito. It all still boggles my mind!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2013, 16:10
it must've taken a while for the artist to adorn all these.. very nice find! smile
Ginnie Hart: I can even fathom the amount of time it took, Rian! Thanks.
That's so beautifully done.
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine the time and energy it took, Jacquelyn?! Thank you.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 29 Jul 2013, 11:53
I rarely use the word but "awesome" just about sums it up.

If creativity is akin to spirituality, this artist must be sitting on the right hand side of himself/herself (you choose).
Ginnie Hart: It had that effect on me, too, George. I just stood there with my mouth wide open, trying to take pictures.

BTW, after all those years of saying "Him," I have absolutely no problem saying "Her" now, which I often do. smile

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