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The Steeple

It’s the first time I try doing a list. Wish me luck.

Well, I think it’ll be too late when you get to see this. Nevermind.

Getting the exact number of churches in Italy is difficult, because not all of them are active and they range from huge cathedrals to small chapels.

The town where I currently live has 4000 inhabitants, and 3 churches.

The Italian population consists of 60 million people: if we made a proportion, that would be 45000 churches. There could be more, there could be less.

Probably more.

Don’t worry, there are more bars, mostly cafés, than churches anyway.

It’s alright, they’re nice to see. However, they usually come with bell towers.

It’s nice to be told what hour it is, every hour. Really.

Especially at night.

When I moved here, I was shocked to hear the bells chiming at night.

It wasn’t an exception, they do. Every hour. Every night.

I can see two steeples from my balcony. I chose to show you the most beautiful.

By the way, I was given a digital camera but couldn’t get it to take photographs.

I was desperate, I thought it was broken.

Recently, I found out why the camera wasn’t working.

The shutter-release button had to be pushed harder than how I did.

Silly me!

#1 Sunset

The sun doesn't really set right behind the steeple.

Actually, it never sets in front of me.

The cloudy sky didn't help me achieving a fabulous background, but it's good nevertheless. The only problem is that it came out blurry.

I don't always remember how to take photos decently. 

I'm prone to shaking, something like a minor essential tremor.

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#2 Slightly before sunset

The sun was slowly setting here.

You may realize the previous (thumbnail) photo lacked something. I'm referring to the TV antennas. I had to remove them because they don't get along with vintage. They told me.

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#3 The thumbnail

This is what probably got your attention.

This steeple kind of reminds me of a minaret.

Nice sepia effect that makes the photo look aged.

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    • Two towers chime the hours, one tower also plays melodies (for masses, weddings or funerals), but I don’t know which does what, I never paid attention. I just hear. 😅

#4 At night

This is the other tower.

The "main steeple" doesn't light up at night. This one does.

It's suggested to have a tripod when shooting night photography, because the smallest shake can make the photo blurry.

Wait, how did you guess I didn't use a tripod?

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    • I’m glad Italy gave you great impressions. 😃
      I’ve never been abroad instead. If I had the chance to travel, I’d focus on Europe first. There’s so much in a relatively small continent such as Europe. 🙂

    • When it comes to Catholic churches that were built before the XVI century, I think Italy owns the most. Then it really depends on the population, making sure that all Christians have their own church where to pray and attend masses. The United States are likely to have the highest amount of non-Catholic churches. 😃
      Thanks, I agree. Not a bad view for a small city. 🙂

    • Thank you, dear. 🙂
      It’s a little annoying because it’s loud, especially when the window is open.
      Fortunately, not all bells work. Only two towers chime the hours, the first one is on time, the second one chimes 4 minutes later.
      It gets more annoying at midday, or midnight: 24 strokes each. 😅

      • You are welcome dear, heheeh 😉
        Yes, I can certainly understand that… No matter how nice it is I can’t imagine it every hour though….. 🙁
        Hahahah!… 😀
        I’m really sorry to say that, it is really a lot… 😀 ;/( I don’t know why is it like that but how do you all sleep?????! :OOO

        • I don’t fall asleep before midnight and I don’t wake up after noon, that’s how I usually handle it. 😄
          Actually, it helps me knowing at what time I fell asleep, because I wake up remembering how many strokes I heard at last. Better than having to open your eyes and look at the time. 🙂

          • Yes I noticed, heheheheeh 😉 Hahhahah, not a good way either but I hope it helps, heheheheh 😉 😀 I was wondering how you’re handling it during the night if it rings every hour…
            Hahahhaha, yes, I hear you, that is certainly something good about it and its advantage, ehheheheh 😀

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