Clouds Over San Galgano

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© Deborah Downes
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The Romanesque oratory of San Galgano sits atop a hill known as Mount Siepi. The historical link between the oratory and the ruins of the abbey in the valley below , from where I captured this image, reads like a chapter out of the King Arthur legend. The oratory was completed in the 12th century, a year after Galgano Guidotti, a 12th century nobleman, was canonized as St. Gawain. Galgano lived as a hermit on Mount Siepi during the latter years of his life. The Mount Siepi church is built where he knelt and prayed before the sword he’d driven into a rock, so that its hilt formed a cross. On his deathbed Galgano wore the Cistercian habit. Around the end of the 12th century, Cistercian monks founded the impressive San Galgano abbey, one of the best examples of Gothic-Cisterian architecture in Italy. The church part of the complex was built in the 13th century.

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22 responses

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Looks like an antique painting or vintage postcard. Love it.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Excellent image, Wow!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Iagree with Kim!!lovely!!

  • Pamela Haberman

    Pamela Haberman gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    At first glance this looks like a photograph of a Master's painting. What a gorgeous shot.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Nov 2011):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Excellent image...Lovely colors and as always a wonderful narrative to support the image!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Absolutely brilliant processing work, Deborah!! I love this magnificant work of art!!!!

  • Laurie Search

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  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Beautiful textures, composition, like a painting, brilliant shot once again my friend !!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Just gorgeous. I think definitely one of my favorites.

  • Marta Vall

    Marta Vall gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Luv it

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (3 Nov 2011):

    Spectacular shot.

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (3 Nov 2011):

    Good mood here!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Nov 2011):

    Nice tone!!! Love this shot!!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (5 Nov 2011):

    I am amazed by your beautiful description and skill, your visit is not only a loss of duty time. Thanks Deborah for what you do for yourself and for us who will read with pleasure.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (7 Nov 2011):

    You are amazing!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (7 Nov 2011):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful colors, composition, mood, processing, and narrative. Very artistic and creative. Outstanding work...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (10 Nov 2011):

    Classic image and narrative.

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful shot and treatment.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    I particularly like the deep, rich colours of this!

  • Julianna O'Brien

    Julianna O'Brien said (27 Apr 2012):

    Thanks for the detail! Makes the photo that much more special!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (3 Nov 2012):

    Beautiful composition!

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