The architecture of Monemvasia counts on a rich legacy that comes from its glorious past. In fact, Monemvasia itself is actually a medieval fortress with an adjacent town. Its ruins include several constructions, such as parts of this fortress, remaining walls, guardhouses, and towers. In addition, it has a total of 40 churches to admire.
Most of these churches are Byzantine, and can be found scattered along the narrow streets of this beautiful town. Some of them combine also Venetian and Byzantine elements, such as the one of Agios Nikolaos and Panagia Myrtidiotissa, also known as ‘Panagia Ktitikia’.
There is another important church, the one of Panagia Hrisafitissa, around which many folk-stories have been based on.
The churches of Agios Dimitrios, Agia Anna, Agios Andreas and Agios Stefanos also worth the visit. However, the most impressive architecture example of Monemvasia is maybe the church of Agia Sofia, found on the eastern tip of the rock where Monemvasia stands.
Although Agia Sofia belongs to the 12th century and was built by the Emperor Andronicos, it became a cathedral during the Venetian domain, after which it was used as a mosque during Turkish rule.
In this period, its wall paintings were covered with lime, in spite of which the building has
managed to keep its original charm and magnificence. In fact, its interior remains impressive, and still has some great wall paintings. This church also provides amazing views towards the sea.
Another important church, because of its imposing size is the one of Elkomenos Hristos, which is actually the cathedral of this town. It dates from the 13th century, and was built by the Emperor Andronicos II Paleologus.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-09-23 0:23
Hello Georgios! Amazing rooftops, nice cityscape and seascape, nice lightness, superb colours. Good work. Well done!
besnard (50383) 2009-09-23 0:35
Une bonne vue plongeante bien réalisée sur ces habitations qui sentent bon le soleil.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
bema (26205) 2009-09-23 0:50
once a gain a beutiful take from that splendid location, like thos e fine rooftops in front of the aegean sea a lot.. good composition with perfect sharpness..
have a nice day, Jassu Bernd
snunney (75072) 2009-09-23 0:57
A very pleasing well framed composition of these rooftops, each of which has a charm of its own. I like the diagonal division between sea and land. The tones and textures in the architecture are beautifully rendered under a good light.
gildasjan (40032) 2009-09-23 1:39
Le bon POV pour couper l'mage par la diagonale et montrer ce bon contraste des textures avec le bleu de cette mer.
dta (59121) 2009-09-23 2:01
Hello Georgios ,
Nice view over these beautiful til roofs . I like the contrats with the blue sea . The little church is intersting , too .
francio64 (38256) 2009-09-23 5:00
questa foto va subito dritta nel mio tema dedicato ai tetti (roofs).
Bellissima vista di insieme con eccellente gestione delle luci.
Il mare è un ottimo elemento di contrasto.
I like it!
saxo042 (35196) 2009-09-23 7:35
A beautiful place! The clear diagonal orientation of the roofs here contribute indeed to this excellent composition. The colours are awesome, as the combination of red-brown brick roofs and blue sea always is. A very attractive scenery!
mauro61 (52623) 2009-09-23 13:18
splendido panorama con i tetti delle case che ben contrastano con l'azzurro del mare.
Immagine ben illuminata con colori brillanti.
pablominto (53744) 2009-09-23 23:06
A fine point of view, as the roofs are as interesting as the houses themselves!
I notice the church is the only buildings that stands out, without roofpans...
The framing is skillfully done, a well composed presentation with fine colours!
npecanhuk (58210) 2009-09-24 2:57
Very interesting and building picture!
I love the high pov over those rooftops and the composition is quite effective and attractive with wonderful visual results, with this speciall cropping avoiding the sky and placing all those buildings against the sea!
Exposure and colors are excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
antua (16) 2009-09-24 3:49
άλλη μια καταπληκτική φωτογραφία σου απο την Μονεμβασιά!
Υπέροχες γήινες αποχρώσεις, εξαιρετική γωνία λήψης, πολύ καλή διαχέιριση του φωτισμού και τέλειο καδράρισμα! Άψογη σύνθεση! Συγχαρητήρια!
Cretense (68675) 2009-09-24 3:52
Γεια σου Γεώργιε!
Πολύ όμορφη γωνιά της Μονεμβασιάς, απόλυτα αντιπροσωπευτική της γοητείας της, με τις κεραμοσκεπές, το εκκλησάκι του Αγίου Αντωνίου, τους κήπους και βέβαια τη θάλασσα! άψογο κάδρο, σύνθεση και φωτισμός-χρώματα!
jhm (130642) 2009-09-24 4:11
Nice panorama with the rooftops as excellent subject.
You chose a very good angle, with the sea in background, this care for a excellent depth and good perspective.
Nice composition and very real colours. TFS.
Have a nice day,
vasilpro (40685) 2009-09-24 8:38
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Υπέροχη όντως η Μονεμβάσια με την καταπληκτική αρχιτεκτονική της, μέσα από την όμορφη ματιά σου.
Σε χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.
leo61 (0) 2009-09-24 11:09
I hope I`ll have simmillar views whein I`m in Chalkidiki in may 2010.
It`s a nice view over the roofs at the sea.Great POV and the diagonal arrangement works well for the composition.
ifanik (21673) 2009-09-24 16:09
Γεια σου Γιώργο
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία φίλε
Πολύ ομορφα χρωματα και κάδρο
bostankorkulugu (41676) 2009-09-25 20:49
i can hasrdly wait for the day i will be walking the streets of monemvasia... beautiful shot of a magical place georgio...
COSTANTINO (46486) 2009-09-25 23:26
Geia sou Georgios,
Na sou zisi h eggonoula sou, na thn xairese kai euxomai kathe eutuxia kai xara se olous sas.
johannita (385) 2009-09-26 10:55
Geia sou Georgie,
oraia katagrafh ths Monembasias me thn idiaiterh
arxitektonikh ths kai me fonto th thalassa.
Endiaferon POV. Sugxarhthria.
Longroute (19392) 2009-09-29 8:00
I like very much this lovely architecture and the fine chromatic contrast it has with the blue sea behind. It's a very alive and brilliant photo, with good clarity and nice colours, and conveys all the grace of Greek towns.
sacavem (18608) 2009-10-16 6:49
I like the illusion that the houses are on the water.Very nicely captured and composed shot from a very good POV.
Didi (52429) 2009-10-18 6:32
Nice dominant view on the roofs, very lovely place for holidays.
Good idea for not including the sky.
macjake (48349) 2011-01-08 3:37
sometimes i enjoy looking thru some old photos in peoples galleries, and i came up with this beauty.
the close up view of the rooftops look fantastic placed against the ocean blue rippled water.
its almost asif the rippled rooftop theme continues all the way thru
well done, and with great brightness
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38126)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Monemvasia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-23 0:19