The building in the photo is called the Apafi manor and its located in the small Transylvanian village of Malancrav, right next to the old fortified Lutheran church. We visited this place in the winter of 2014, a couple of days after Christmas. Back then, the entire village was covered with snow and I have to admit that the entire scenery looked pretty awesome. The manor is located on a smaller hill and in order to get up there, you have to follow a smaller path near the church which will take you up there. Unfortunately, the manor was closed when we were there and I only managed to capture some exterior shots of the Apafi manor. Hopefully I will return there one day to visit the interior of the building because I heard that after the restoration it looks very nice.
Where is this place?
This small chapel is actually located inside the Praid salt mine. Don’t forget to watch on my travel photography blog more photos taken inside Praid salt mine.
A few words about the chapel
For those who don’t know, the chapel was build in 1993 and as you can notice from the photo below, the main construction material used in the chapel is wood. The large altar and the benches are made almost entirely from wood. If you visit Praid salt mine, then you’ll able to see inside there many amazing sculptures made from larger chucks of salt. I plan to release in the future more photos related to interior design and if you like this type of photography then I will recommend you to stay tuned!
Today I have decided to share another photo of the Saschiz Lutheran church. This photo was taken in the summer of 2015 with my Nikon D3100 and because I had plenty of natural light I captured this photo without my tripod. For this shot I’ve decided to use the following setting on my camera: I’ve set my aperture to f/8 for a nice sharp image and since I’ve shot in aperture priority mode, the camera decided to use a shutter speed of 1/80 seconds. After some post processing, this is my final result.
Biertan, one of my favorite village from Sibiu county
A couple of years ago we traveled to Sighisoara right after Christmas for a couple of days. One day we had decided to visit the old Lutheran church from Biertan which was not far from the medieval city of Sighisoara. After almost an hour of driving from Sighisoara, we finally arrived there. That day was very cold outside because it was the end of December and besides this, we arrived to Biertan around 10 AM when the sun started slowly to rise behind some large hills which surrounds the village.
If you wish to discover even more things about this place, then I will highly recommend you to check out one of my previous posts of Biertan. There you will have the chance to watch even more photos from my trip.
In the background of this photo, you can see a large mountain peak surrounded by a large forest which is called in Romanian “Piatra Altarului“. This mountain is located between the Red Lake and the Bicaz canyon and you are able to see it from a considerable distance. I’ve captured this shot from the Bicaz canyon in the summer of 2015 when we visited that place. I’ve heard that there are a few hiking routs near the mountain and I highly recommend it especially If you love nature and photography.