The great hall at Castello di Amorosa is a very eleborate room. The great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500 year old fireplace.
I had to wait several minutes for people to clear out before I could capture this photo. The folks behind me were kind enough to wait for me to get my 5 shots before coming in to explore themselves.
The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000square feet (11,200 m2). Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights chamber; and a 72 by 30feet (9.1 m) great hall with a 22-foot (6.7 m)-high coffered ceiling.
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle.
Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
19mm, f/9, ISO 200
HDR composed of 5 photos merged in Photomatix Pro and edited in Photoshop CS5.