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Eglise du Dome Church at the Hotel des Invalides
2nd PlaceEglise du Dome Church at the Hotel des Invalides
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Challenge: Churches II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Paris, France
Date: Nov 9, 2014
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4 sec.
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2014

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Wow!! I thought the score was doing pretty good but not this good!!!

This is where Napoleon is buried. Les Invalides, Paris, France in Eglise du Dome Church. Louis XIV initiated the project 24 November 1670, as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers: the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides.

Later Louis XIV commissioned Mansart to construct a separate private royal chapel referred to as the Église du Dôme from its most striking feature. Inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the original for all Baroque domes, it is one of the triumphs of French Baroque architecture.

The present dome of the United States Capitol, designed by Thomas U. Walter, was inspired in part by the dome at Les Invalides. Both are "wedding-cake" style double-shelled domes with an oculus in the inner shell allowing those below to view a circular painting on the inner surface of the outer dome. The Capitol dome's architect Thomas U. Walter, had previously visited Les Invalides, and is said to have been struck by it.

I found the structure to be very beautiful. I spent the majority of my week seeking out churches, glad it payed off. A wonderful way to see the city and their surrounding areas/villages. Thank you for all your votes and comments...they are very much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 65
Avg (all users): 6.7625
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.5135
Avg (non-participants): 6.9767
Views since voting: 1139
Views during voting: 166
Votes: 80
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)


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09/09/2015 12:52:36 PM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

Congratulations on your ribbon for this appealing image that fulfils the challenge brief.

Its certainly a beautiful structure, not hard to imagine why it appears to have inspired so many in their subsequent designs, I would imagine it must be quite something to see at first hand. Its hard to conceive of the amount of effort that has gone into making something as awesome as this. This is the sort of image that cries out pure symmetry but I'm quite glad that you decided against that, I quite like the end result, though it does mean that we don't get to see enough of the two paintings on this side of the structure. If you had decided to go for total symmetry a square crop would have been a perfect option.

This would have been a difficult exposure but I think you made a good job of it, I can live with the overexposure of the windows in favour of sufficient light in the shadows without resorting to HDR. Anyway, you obviously did right for the voters here, well done Janine.
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11/19/2014 09:30:05 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - sounds like the week was well spent, and I'm sure you found other interesting things in search of the churches.
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11/18/2014 12:24:07 PM
Congratulations Janine, a wonderful glowing image. Very well framed.
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11/17/2014 08:19:25 PM
Congrats on the Red Janine. Gorgeous shot full of color and fantastic details. Thank for posting the history of the place too - very interesting.
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11/17/2014 02:32:58 PM
Knew this would do well and very happy to see it do well! Congratulations Janine!, thanks for the story too.
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11/17/2014 11:44:00 AM
Congratulations on the red!
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11/17/2014 09:10:04 AM
Beautiful Janine! Congratulations!
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11/17/2014 05:36:22 AM
The lighting's perfect. Gorgeous image Janine, congrats on the ribbon.
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11/17/2014 12:33:58 AM
Congrats on a successful trip, and a fine photo for your new ribbon!
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11/17/2014 12:26:16 AM
Congrats Janine!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2014 03:15:12 PM
Amazing. Love the colors and the details
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11/16/2014 09:31:26 AM
Gorgeous ceiling.
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11/15/2014 09:56:21 PM
Very nice perspective.
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11/15/2014 12:40:46 AM
Beautiful place, hard to go wrong with a photo of a place like that.
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11/14/2014 02:37:31 PM
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11/13/2014 12:38:51 PM
Beautifully framed and lit. One of my favourites.
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