Photographer's Note

This is the cathedral-like Esglsia de Sant Bartomeu (Church of St. Bartholomew) which sits in the centre of the delightful town of Sller in northwest Mallorca. In the summer I found it very difficult to photograph as the large square on which it sits (the Plaa Constituci) is not only filled with a central fountain and several large plane trees but is surrounded by many cafs which have tables and sunshades spread around the place. And, of course, the vintage tramcars - or "Orange Express" - pass through this square regularly on their way to Port de Sller.

Furthermore, this delightful and imposing main faade of the church faces almost due north which means that any photograph in the middle of the day has to be taken contre jour.

I decided, therefore, that the only option was to take this picture to include the tables, sunshades and trees in the foreground and, apart from a patch of lens flare which I managed to remove, the picture turned out a little better than I expected.

This church was built prior to 1286 and has been renovated and remodelled on occasions since that time. Each year, around St. Bartholomew's "saints day" of 24th August, there is a festival held in the centre of Sller with horse riding, parties for children, bands, music and general entertainment. For us, though, Sller provided an interesting and welcome break from the nerve-racking drive on narrow twisting roads through the mountains of west Mallorca!

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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