The White Tower taken today using an infrared R72 Filter.
The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki, capital of the region of Macedonia in northern Greece. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city, and also as a symbol of Greek sovereignty over Macedonia.
The present tower dates from the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520–66). There was an older tower on the same site, probably built by French knights during the period of the Latin Empire in Constantinople. The Tower was used by the Ottomans successively as a fort, garrison and a prison. In 1826, at the order of the Sultan Mahmud II, there was a massacre of the prisoners in the Tower. Owing to the "countless victims of Ottoman torturers and executioners", the tower acquired the name "Tower of Blood", which it kept until the end of the eighteenth century.
The Tower was for centuries part of the walls of the old city of Thessaloniki (known as Salonik in Ottoman times), and separated the Jewish quarter of the city from the cemeteries of the Muslims and Jews. The city walls were demolished in 1866. When Thessaloniki was captured by the Greeks during the Balkan War of 1912, the tower was whitewashed as a symbolic gesture of cleansing, and acquired its present name. King George I of Greece was assassinated not far from the White Tower in March 1913.
The Tower is now a buff colour but has retained the name White Tower. It now stands on Thessaloniki's waterfront boulevard, Nikis (Victory) Street. It houses a Byzantine museum and is one of the city's leading tourist attractions. The Tower is under the administration of the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
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Miks (1717) 2006-09-25 17:06
Startling image and a very informative note. I'm curious as to some technical details however. I take it that the pic is partially saturated but how about the sky? How was those great ink-coloured shades acheived.
Very intriguing shot.
AthaPan (0) 2006-09-25 17:12
an excellent "converted" photo of the Leyko Pyrgo.
You note is rich and informative, too.
Never seen the White Tower through the "eyes" of IR.
Well done and welcome back to your patrida.
rychousmama (0) 2006-09-25 17:22
Nice, eerie fairy-tale effect with the black and white castle and trees and the dark slate sky. Thanks for sharing and thankyou for all that background info. -Lara
CRATEOS (7278) 2006-09-25 18:38
unique ..and strainge!!!outopias child..goin in to the memory..and give to the fantasy the proposittions to work...exelland try!!!!!!Nikiforos
ancevski (3358) 2006-09-25 19:43
this is very nice photo. I like the POV and the colors of the sky, but with a little bit more sharpness it would be much better.
DarkoG (8) 2006-09-26 1:36
Really nice IR photo.Tower really stood out between trees and dark sky.
TManiac (129) 2006-09-26 5:30
Ωραίος τρόπος να "εξάγουμε" την χώρα μας! :)
Πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία Νίκο!
Xalkida (11744) 2006-09-26 10:18
Indeed it's a very nice and interesting shot. Fine effect from the infrared filter.
TopGeo (38202) 2007-09-04 5:47
Γειά σου Νίκο Αν και πρώτη φορά βλέπω δουλειά σου μου άρεσε ο τρόπος που φιλτράρισες την λήψη σου, Ο Λ.Πύργος δείχνει σαν να αιωρείται μέσα από το φυσικό περιβάλον και αναδεικνύετε περισσότερο. Πράβο και τα ξανά λέμε!,, Γεώργιος
- Copyright: Nic Croad (graveworm) (563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss Digital(300D), Canon EFS 18-55mm, CF 2GB, Hoya 72R Infra Red
- Exposure: f/5.6, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-25 17:03
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