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Guarding the mountain pass by BricksandStones Guarding the mountain pass by BricksandStones
This is the medieval orthodox church of Asenova krepost in Southern Bulgaria. The church was part of a larger fortress (Asen's Fortress) guarding one of the major mountain valleys leading into Bulgaria. Its architecture is unique as it is one of the few early medieval orthodox churches featuring an attached bell tower. Such towers are usually regarded a ‘western’ characteristic rare in the orthodox world, but in this case it was necessary to rise an alarm when invaders approaching the pass were spotted. Sound of bells would have been heard miles away along the mountain valley and alarm the inhabitants of the nearby city.
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sezenkvst Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Asenova Krepost is my favourite one. I love it. It is a good work of you. :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I am glad I have a photo of a place that you like - thank you very much for taking your time to comment - I also enjoyed my visit there very much - not only the church but also the whole landscape there is very impressive, it must have looked spectacular when the rest of the fortress was still standing - if only it was still preserved... Thank you once again and sorry for taking so long to reply!
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sezenkvst Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
I also thank you for such a reply because I like the long ones!
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Legend has it a priest once saw a ghost wedding there. And that you can still see it today under some circumstances.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
That is an interesting story, thanks for sharing it!
PS. I have noticed that you are fascinated by Nazism and you are a member of some neo-nazi groups. Becouse of this I would like to ask you not to comment or fav any of my works in the future. Thanks!
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pardon me but you have no idea of my political preferences,and you have no place to judge by some pictures on the internet. I am offended.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I am very sorry if I have offended you, it was not my intention. There are some neo-nazis on DA and, unfortunately they have commented on my works a number of times in the past even thou I do not want to have anything to do with them. Also, I do not want to guess your political preferences, I merely stated the fact that you are a member of pro-nazi groups. When you publically join such groups, you make a statement which can be judged by others. If writing that you are a member of Neo-Nazi groups offends you, perhaps you can just stop being a member?
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My good man.Things are beyond black and white in this world. And I wont go showing you that.I would read any group information before I go making judgements.Are you Jewish?I know you are Polish so that gives some idea as to why the predjudice.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Ok, let us not argue any further, for me when it comes to Nazism or totalitarian Communism things are black and white. I see now that these groups do not officially support Hitler but as the group desribcion says 'many of our members do'. To be honest for me that is a sufficient reason not to join these groups as I would not like to be in the same group with Nazis, racists etc. but I see that you have a different opinion. I am not Jewish and yes, Poland has suffered much at the hands of both Nazi and Communist regimes.
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Hotaru-Tomoe78 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful it seems to come put form a fairy tale.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thank you very much for this comment! I am really glad you like this! I remember there were stories and legend about this place dating from over 100 years ago... Supposedly lights were seen in this church at songs were heard among mountains even thou no one was inside. It is not exactly a fairytale but it was used to attract tourists :)
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Hotaru-Tomoe78 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it's definitely a charming place.
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maththeano Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
i love this!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I am glad you do! Thank you very much for the comment!
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calimer00 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Really like that!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
:)
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SMALLSTOAT Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely shot! (And I like reading about it too!)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Thank you! I am glad you like it!
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AnIslander Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Photographer
A real treasure ! Always a plaisure to discover the world with your photos !
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
You have no Idea how much I appreciate this comment. Thank you very much!
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AnIslander Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Photographer
It's a noble attitude to satisfy curiosity
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TheYellowstoneWay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Too cool.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you!
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iSunee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Feature here [link]
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Wow! Thank you! It is the first time my photo was featured somewhere so oncce again thank you very much! I really appreciate it!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wonderful capture!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you, I am glad you like it! It is a great building so one does not have to be a good photographer to make a good photo of it :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
That's for sure, it can help, haha ;)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Photographer
Great shot! What a movie you could make on this site!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thanks! I am glad you like it! There are loads of tourists there and this place is very popular in Bulgaria, especially in nearby Plovdiv. I would not be surprised if the building was featured in some Bulgarian historical movie, not that I have seen any… There are some ruined towers nearby so they would add to the scenery
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome!
It's an impressive-looking place!
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Bearuthiel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Firstly I thought it's Meteors...these buildings are a little similar.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
You are right, I have never been to Meteora but I would very much like to! Also, these two are roughly contemporary to each other, I guess the major difference is that Meteora is a monastery complex and this is just a single church among the ruins of a late-antique and medieval fortress. There are some frescoes preserved inside but nothing compared to Meteora.
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FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Beautiful!, great view!!.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you! It took a while to get there... I am happy you like it!
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FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I love it!!:).
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's very nice building and it seems to grow up pfrom rocks.It must be really impressive scenery.
I also like your description under the photo-i'm usually dissappointed when I see nice photo but there is not written where and what is it exactly.It's very frequent-unfortunately.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you! I am glad you like it! I really very much appreciate your comment about the description. I am aware I am not a professional or particularly talented photographer so I try to add a little bit of info to make the picture more interesting, I am very happy someone reads them! Thanks again!
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes:nod:Some ppl really reads them.I was testing it in my gallery:)
I'm also amateur photographer.Originaly, i stated taking photos as references for my paintings, but than it started to be my obsession:Dbut I usualy don't upload photos much.Too lazy and too many photos.
But i have to say you are good-in my opinion at least.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thanks, I wish I could draw something half as beautiful as your works. Also I visited your photo gallery, it’s very good!
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
are you drawing too or only taking photos?I'm just curious cause I didn't see any drawing in your gallery.
Drawing atc is mostly the question of practise in my opinion.
I'm happy you like my art:hug:I noticed you visited my repeatedly and faved really a lot of my art.Thankies!I'm always happy to see itXD
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I only do plans of sites and archeological objects but I really envy people with artistic talents...
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!You are archeologist?That¨s great.It's very interesting job in my opinion.It was one of things i wanted to study, but I refused it finaly cause i come to conclusion I would have been more educated and clever to do exams to this kind of university.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Like everything it has advantages and disadvantages, certainly not the quickest way to become a millionaire...
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