Dimitar Karanikolov’s Photos of Venice from Above Will Charm You

All images by Dimitar Karanikolov. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you have a growing interest in aerial photography, we’ve found something to inspire you. A stunning body of work by London-based architect and photographer Dimitar Karanikolov takes us to Venice, one of Italy’s most captivating cities, renowned for its beauty, art, and architecture. But instead of seeing from the streets, we are treated to a breath-taking view from above.

In the impressive aerial shots Dimitar took in September 2016 using a DJI Phantom 4 drone, we see striking views of the city’s islands, iconic landmarks, and beautiful architecture. There’s the famous Piazza San Marco, the principal public square considered as the social, religious, and political center of the city. On the piazza’s eastern end is the beautiful St. Mark’s Basilica, the most famous church in the city and one best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Nearby is the church’s Campanile or bell tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks and symbols of Venice.

We also get to take a peek at the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the most prominent feature of which is the 16th-century Benedictine church that also bears its name. Another impressive example of the Venetian architecture, it is a basilica built in classic Renaissance style. Its brilliant white marble facade is also easily recognizable in one of Dimitar’s aerial photo.

Then, Dimitar also shows us what the iconic Grand Canal looks like from above, its curves seemingly plowing through the crimson cityscape. The city’s almost uniform architectural elements and colors actually create the most distinct imagery throughout the set, the reds complementing the blue-greens of the Venetian Lagoon. It’s definitely a perspective of Venice that isn’t commonly seen and can only be made possible through outstanding aerial photography.

Dimitar Karanikolov has a lot more of these beautiful aerial views, so definitely check out his Behance portfolio to see more breath-taking places like Myanmar, Bulgaria, and the Philippines from above.