Inside Geneva’s St. Pierre Cathedral

St Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

In modern times Geneva is probably best known for its association with the United Nations and the Swiss banking industry. But back in the 1500’s it was considered the “Protestant Rome”, the unofficial capital of the Reformation.

St. Pierre’s Cathedral was the adopted church of John Calvin, a leader of the movement away from the Catholic church. Protestant exiles from all over Europe came to Geneva to take refuge, so while it’s not the most interesting church to look at it’s certainly historically significant.

I always enjoy exploring the geometry inside cathedrals like this. There are so many different ways to frame a shot, with crazy lines all over the place. I’ve found one of the most effective techniques is to try and use features of the interior to frame other elements in the shot. This normally provides some nice depth to the image from front to back.

8 thoughts on “Inside Geneva’s St. Pierre Cathedral

  1. Stacy P. Fischer

    Ben, in your chosen angle, you have managed to capture the essence of everything I think about when I think of a cathedral – soaring arches, stained glass windows, a massive pipe organ, candles, and chandeliers. You’ve given us a wonderful view of the beauty of St. Pierre’s. I just love your photo!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy! I love searching for angles inside cathedrals, so many great lines all over the place. I think when I took this shot I was concentrating on the arch and the candlelit chandelier. The stained glass windows and organ are a happy accident I guess! 🙂

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Amy, I always find the lighting in cathedrals quite difficult to manage. There’s normally a big contrast between the dark and light areas, which is hard to capture in a single shot. I’m glad you think it works well here 🙂

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