The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria on Zakynthos, Ionian: The Holy Monastery of Theotokos (Panagia) Anafonitria, dedicated to Virgin Mary, is a Byzantine monument with interesting architecture. It was founded in the middle of the 15th century, during the Venetian occupation of the island. In this monastery, Agios Dionysios, the protector saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived the last years of his life in the 16th century. The Monastery was built in the middle of the 15th century in honour of Panagia Vrefokratoussa (Virgin Holder of the Newborn) but took its name after the miraculous icon of Our Virgin Anafonitria it is housing. This icon was brought to the monastery from Constantinople, when the town was captured by the Turks. Several buildings are forming this monastery, as well as a tower that was built for defensive reasons and is used today as a belfry. The entrance to the monastery is arched and guarded by a square shaped defensive tower. The main church of the monastery is situated in the centre of the complex and it is a three-aisled basilica. The frescoes of the church are impressive and date from five centuries ago. The Monastery of Theotokos Anafonitria is situated 25 km from Zakynthos Town, close to Volimes.
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Tue (43948) 2014-08-11 3:36
Well chosen POV that makes us look somewhat up to the monastery. Lovely sunlight and you captured a very pleasant and tranquil atmosphere.
danos (103216) 2014-08-11 3:47
Μαρία γεια σου,
εξαιρετική η απεικόνιση του κομματιού αυτού του Μοναστηριού με τις κολώνες και τις δεκάδες γλάστρες να είναι από τα πλέον ενδιαφέροντα σημεία τις φωτογραφίας.
Το λαμπρό Καλοκαιρινό φως αναδυκνύει τα χρώματα και την ομορφιά του μοναδικού καμπαναριού.
Sergiom (89387) 2014-08-11 5:18
Un très bel endroit que ce monastère où les fleurs ainsi que les pots sont à l'honneur sous cette très belle lumière. Les choses doivent vraiment pousser vite à cet endroit. Les deux cloches sont bien découpées dans le ciel.
dkmurphys (65222) 2014-08-11 6:36
Fine capture of this old monastery. I like the rocky textures and the flowers all over the place. Good catch!
abmdsudi (58336) 2014-08-11 9:32
A strong image filled by rich colours with the viewpoint all pointing to the monastery with all the religious impact. A stunning shot not only in color rendition but the refine elements well put together with attractive foreground the scene nicely. I love the deep contrasting blue too. Delicious indeed, Congrats and tfs
pajaran (66424) 2014-08-11 11:46
Interesantan tekst o starom manastiru sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhtektura, lepe boje.
Lepo cvece i stara arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting article about an old monastery with a history and description of ...
Good clip, and contrast nicely demonstrated architecturally, beautiful colors.
Nice flowers and old architecture.
Good evening and a beautiful night, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
carlo62 (55852) 2014-08-11 14:39
molto particolare questo monastero, l'architettura è molto semplice, ma interessante.
Ci sono molti vasi di fiori a completare la scena e molti dettagli da osservare.
pierrefonds (71783) 2014-08-11 19:09
The vegetation is framing well the monastery. The point of view is showing the details of the monastery. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
ikeharel (79317) 2014-08-12 7:29
Beside the light condition that was bright and shining under the blue sky, the flower pots gave the colorful tones and beauty to this photo.
Ancient walls and tops of the pillars decorated, adding extra charm to the scene.
Well spotted and collected sight.
cornejo (47350) 2014-08-12 9:52
Hi Mary, very nice picture of this interesting and beautiful composition with the different buildings of the monastery, beautifully composed and captured this beautiful photograph. An interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-08-14 13:08
Like your idea to lead the view to the monastery with the column with pots of flowers that also goes up at the back on the stairs
Contrast and color well obtained by them
Interesting note, well done, regards
Angshu (56760) 2014-08-19 21:15
So many things to see in this frame. Of course the belfry is captivating, but also interesting are the columns in the FG. The arched door on the right of the belfry has been captured well.
Well exposed, composed and taken shot!
photoray (13981) 2015-08-11 13:21
I had a moment of "deja vu" seeing your ancient rock bell tower from the 15th century because its design is very similar to the one used by the Spanish colonists in California missions, only in the 18th century.
The liberal use of potted plants would be debatable by California gardening 'experts'. I think they are used just fine here at the Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria. And perhaps pots protect the ancient rock structures from over-zealous landscape gardeners bringing in fill-dirt.
Thanks for sharing,