Polychrome

I have never really understood why catholic churches in Poland are not open to the public, you can usually enter the vestibule and look into the church through locked metal gates or glass doors except at times of mass or other services.

When in Torun there is one church which is always open but the Church of St. James is not. I was really pleased when I was their two weeks ago because the church was open due to renovation.

The Church of St. James is located in a corner of the New City Market Square and towering over the New City. Erected in the first half of the fourteenth century, it is considered as one of the most valuable and interesting architectural achievements. The unique character of the church is also determined by a myriad of decorations, detail styles and multi coloured glazed brick. The most valuable elements of the interior include the polychromes (Polychrome is the “‘practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors.” The term is used to refer to certain styles of architecture, pottery or sculpture in multiple colours.) on the pillars and arcades beneath the tower, dating from the second half of the fourteenth century.

St-James-Chruch-Torun-Fresco

Gothic polychrome mural of St. Mary Apocaliptic, St. Dorothy and St. Sebastian, late 15th century

I actually found it quite hard to edit this image. The church interior is a contrast of light plain airiness with bright colourful bricks with the polychromes slightly faded.
I wanted the Polychromes to really stand out but not to be very saturated as it would not be true to the scene.
Although I am not overly happy with the image I feel it is a good edit representing the scene.

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