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The Moldavian monasteries

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:03

The Principality of Moldova, founded in the 14th century, reached its cultural heyday in the 15th century under the province of Stephen the Great. Stephan cleverly managed to assert himself against Hungarian, Polish and Ottoman expansionist desires and he promised to build a religious building for every victory. His successes over Hungary, Poland and Turks finally led to the construction of over 40 churches and at the same time to the largest expansion of the Principality of Moldova in the areas of what is now Romania, Moldova (Republick Moldau) and Ukraine.

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By bike through Bagan

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 12/27/2019 - 12:54

Around 2,000 sacred buildings have been preserved to this day on around 36 square kilometers in the Pagan steppe at the east bank of the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar. Bagan's heyday began with the coronation of Anawrathas in 1084 and it formed the first united kingdom of Burma. Through him the kingdom was consolidated as a religious center of Buddhism and he and his faithful successors had around 6000 pagodas and temples built in the following centuries.

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Turkey 1999 - The earthquake of Gölcük

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:43

On 16.08.1999 I held a lecture in Istanbul at the company Telsim. In the afternoon I was able to gather some impressions of Istanbul, for example from the Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Stefan, which was built of metal and of course of the Hagia Sophia (Sophia Church), however, the planned early return flight on 17.08. let me go to bed early.

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Tibet - 1993 on the roof of the world

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 07:32

Our entry into Tibet was difficult in 1993. In Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, we received an address in a hotel where you could get a visa to enter Tibet. But here we demanded a very large amount of money in cash for a document in Chinese characters whose content and authenticity we could not test. So we declined and decided after another unsuccessful prescription at the visa office the following day, now to ask the Chinese airline CAAC, if we could simply buy plane tickets to Lahasa.

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Nepal - mysterious and colorful

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 10/28/2019 - 17:37

Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia and former Kingdom, borders China and India. The capital is called Kathmandu. To the north and east lies much of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, whose summit (8,848 meters) is the highest point in the world. Seven of the other ten highest mountains in the world are also in Nepal.

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Blue hour at the Oder in Wroclaw

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:56
Blue hour over the cathedral island on the Oder in Wroclaw - On the right you can see the two towers of the cathedral and in front of it the bishop's seat on the cathedral island in Wroclaw. The term island no longer applies, however, since Breslauer filled up the northern arm of the Oder. In good weather conditions you can take excellent pictures of these buildings with their reflections in the Oder. This photo succeeded in the end of the blue hour.
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Cologne Cathedral at the blue hour

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:57
Cologne Cathedral at the blue hour - the classic photo motif that is often taken by photographers from the Rhineland. The location at the Hohenzoller Bridge with the optimal perspective is well attended at the blue hour and you have to be there some time in advance to get a good location for your tripod. Several videos on YouTube provide information and also explain corresponding optimal camera settings from the perspective of the respective authors.
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