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close ups ~ Genova Duomo

Last year, after Bob the Navigator from Slow Travel posted this photo, I added Genova to my long list of places to visit. When I decided on Santa Margherita Ligure as one of my bases for my summer trip, Genova was on my list of daytrips. I had did have a momentary thought of using Genova as a base but decided that I better visit it for a day first before committing for a longer period of time. While planning my trip, I read about a few things to visit while in Genova, but my main goal when I arrived was to visit the Duomo, also known as the Duomo di San Lorenzo or Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (where Bob took his photo). I was so excited when I finally arrived. This church was incredible (even if the sun was behind the church when I arrived which seemed to be a pattern for me). It did not have that immediate beauty as say the Duomo in Florence or Siena or Orvieto but instead it had a hidden beauty, one I found more in the close ups of the church. Here area some of my favorite close ups (and don't forget to check out Bob's photo):

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Comments (6)

Your photos are sensational!

Great photos. It looks kinda Arabic in design. And I love the black and white contrast.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, Awesome close ups! It always blows my mind at the details on the many structures in Italy and Europe in general. For some reason the Lions looks so sad. I'm always so curious and I often wonder sometimes about the people (architects, scuptors, artists) who create these magnificent buildings and art work. One day when I am able to spend more time in Italy, I would just love to take an art history class or tour in Italy just to learn.

These photos are so sharp! Thanks for posting these.

Absolutely beautiful! Interesting arches, especially the fresco with a scalloped top. I'm in love with the lion with his worried and sad looking face.
I can see why you have to go to Genova after seeing Bob's pictures. I feel the same way after looking at your gorgeous photos.

These were some of my favorite photos. I also love the intricate detail. I didn't even think about an Arabic influence. I definitely need to take that class to learn more. I was talking to a French woman at a restaurant one night about how much I loved the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca in Bologna. She asked me about the art work inside the church and abut the artists. I was clueless. It was then that I realized that although I love looking at all of the art work inside of churches, my big love is the artistry of the structures of the churches. I am awe struck at how these churches were built all by hand so many years ago. I just loved this church with the black and white and the purple and pink tones of the stones (I think it is some sort of marble). The lions were wonderful. I was so excited to see them in person.

Jill:

I love the expressions on the lions' faces.

Beautiful photos!

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