Notre-Dame de Cluny

“Notre-Dame de Cluny” Church of Our Lady, Cluny, 2011.

Cluny is mostly known for its abbey, whose the Romanesque church was prior to its destruction at the beginning of the 19th century the second biggest in the world (after St Peter basilica in the Vatican). The city of Cluny contains however some interesting buildings as well, especially a number of Romanesque and Gothic houses, and the Gothic church of Our Lady.

While the gigantic church belongs to the abbey, and thus was reserved to the monks, the town had its own church for the inhabitants of the parish. The church was originally build in 1159, but there has been numerous additions and modifications until the 14th century. Important parts of the church were destroyed in the 18th century, especially the portal. Later, the original glass-windows have been destroyed by the Americans the 11th August 1944 (the very same day, they also had destroyed a part of those of the cathedral of Strasbourg, as well as a large part of the artistic treasures of the city).

This photography was one of my first hdri. It was also somewhat difficult for me, because I’m more used to photography monuments from Alsace and South-Germany, which are mostly in sandstone, while this one was in limestone, so far more bright. Thus I’ve made some technical errors (for example I didn’t took enough images to cover the most enlightened parts, leading to overexposed portions. Regarding the treatment, I don’t think that I would today use that kind of very contrasted hdr style, I’ve recently use more soft treatment, which gives a more peaceful atmosphere to the picture.


Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 18-55 IS
  • 20mm
  • 1/15 s.
  • f/4
  • ISO 800

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