'The Girl in the Light' - The Arcade to the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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The arcade 'Portico di San Luca' is the longest in the World (3.5 km) and leads to the Sancuary of the madonna of San Luca some 300 metres above the plain, just south-west of the historical centre of the city of Bologna.

The arcade consists of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793.

It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill.

A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path.

Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family.

Source and more informations: Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

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Comments (658)

Alain Guiffray on August 21

hello jan , vos photos sont toutes tres belles ,celle ci a 2 atouts , L592 + F298 je vous ajoute egalement a mes photographes favoris amities de france ,a bientot , . alain

gerokk on August 26

Wonderful view, good shot. Thank you for your visit and evaluation. L+F Gretings, Agnes

Graziano Olivetto on August 28

bellissimi i portici di Bologna
visti così L+F

Kerttu Northman on September 1

Fine composition. LF)

Giacomo Mallardi on September 3

Jan, fantastic photo! My fav. Friendly greetings, Giacomo

F.Azevedo on September 3

Simply wonderful... Like & FAV!

Greetings, Fernando

Gonzalo Martínez on September 5

A perfect shot! Very beautiful perspective and composition. Like + Fav.. Best wishes! :)

Renatorius on September 5

Amazing lines and composition...like

Wolfgang Brauner on September 5

hello Jan Sognnes, wunderschöne Aufnahme...i like it so much...F304/L597, Gruß Wolfgang

Walter.Maurer on September 9

Great photo! You waited just for the right moment, when the girl passed the ray of sunlight. Best regards, Walter

Lunaris on September 9

Excellent capture,like,greetings Lunaris

0mtphoto !Save Pano! on September 11

Perspective impressionnante renforcée par le personnage au bon endroit ! Like.

Martin Bring on September 14

Like a scene from a movie. Very cool.

Big Like


H. Lotfi-Azad on September 16

Great perspective ,,,


Thomas.Franz on September 16

Beautiful light, beautiful colours, beautiful composition!

Gyurka Márta-NO VIEW… on September 18

Wonderful photo dear Jan, YSL

Greetings, Márti

Roberta R. on September 18

Excellent photo.

Beautiful light and perspective.


greetings from Italy, Roberta

josé cândido 5 days ago

Excelente foto. Belo trabalho com a iluminação Like + Fav.

Os melhores cumprimentos desde Guimarães , Portugal
Desejos de um bom fim de semana, josé cândido

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 14, 2013
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    by Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN…
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/07/19 12:08:51
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 109.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash