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This one was shot in the cloister of the cathedral of Segovia.

The cathedral was built in the 16th century, replacing the older cathedral that was destroyed in the course of a revolt that happened in 1520. The cloister that we see here was translated from that older cathedral, which didn't stand on the same location. The main style is late Gothic (I think I have read somewhere that it is the last of the great Gothic cathedrals built in Spain), but it has many traces of Renaissance and Baroque. It's is often called "The Lady of the Spanish Cathedrals" because of its dimensions and elegance. As a matter of fact, I find surprising how a building that is so huge and imposing can be so elegant. The height of the main nave is 33 m (108 ft) and the highest tower is 90 m (295 ft) high.

About the photo:
I am not fully satisfied with the exposure, but I couldn't do better because of the large differences of light between the sky, sun bathed walls and the shadows. This is one of the few cases that I was able to make an exposure blending using 3 different shots taken without tripod, as normally I give up aligning the images because it is too complicated to do it well. Now I have the impression that I could get the same or better results if I had just used the shot normally exposed or the slightly over exposed one, although probably the sky would be mostly white.

WS: Another view of the cloister, made by stitching 3 horizontal shots.

Link to all my posts of Segovia: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 40.95,-4.1259

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