Kos is the major town on the island of Kos. To avoid confusion guidebooks differentiate between Kos Island and Kos Town. Kos Town is a great place for a relaxing walk.
The white building which you see in this picture is the Government House. It was built in 1928 in Venetian style during Italian occupation of Kos Island. Just behind it you can see gray walls of Castle of Neratzia. It is difficult to photograph the castle from the ground in an interesting way but the photos from the air allow appreciating great location of this structure.
Castle of Neratzia was built by the Ioannites Knights on a small island on the south side of the harbour of Kos. After the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, were chased away from the Holy Grounds they ended up in Rhodes and organized the area into a defensive system whose aim was the unhindered transfer of the pilgrims and the visitors to the Holy Grounds. The dangers of the Ottoman attacks and the attacks of the pirates made the Castle of Neratzia one of the most important bastions of the western civilization. Together with the Castle of Petroumiou on the opposite side of the Asia Minor coast, they controlled the narrow sea passing between Kos and Bodrum (Alikarnassou). The first written testimony of the existence of the castle is made in 1431.
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ourania (21538) 2012-10-09 14:35
a beautiful picture with endless depth and perspective that bring together two marvellous constructions, testimonies to the island's long and turbulent history. A typical and cherished view of Kos offered with superb clarity and exquisite lighting that has rendered all the colours and textures in a most precise and vivid way balancing bright and subdued tones. I also love the naturalness of all the textures in the frame and the white reflection on the wet sand. Very impressive work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
fritzi007 (243) 2012-10-09 14:43
du hast wieder eine wirklich schöne, kliene Stadt endeckt, dein Foto ist perfekt!
ciakgiak (30403) 2012-10-09 15:04
Almeno gli Italiani hanno lasciato una bella testimonianza della loro occupazione, sperando che non abbiano arrecato danni alla popolazione locale.
La foto mostra il bello stile della government house, col suo bel bianco che spicca tra cielo e mare. Ottima la composizione, con bei colori e precisi dettagli.
Un caro saluto
adramad (32933) 2012-10-09 16:06
Great perspective you've captured in this beautiful seaside town, the white building gives much character to the composition, ideal touch of the palm trees, strange not to see anyone on the beach ...
Superb sharpness in this beautiful day, with very good light and beautiful colors.
Have a nice day.
P/D. Regarding your question, the name "English Beach", will tell you that in the Canaries there are two that I know, that show of La Gomera and the other with the same name on the island of Gran Canaria, which is well-known and very famous , not whether the origin of its name is the English tourists, certainly in the Canaries, the most abundant European tourists are English and German.
bukitgolfb301 (33540) 2012-10-09 16:35
Hi desr Mariusz
Oh you also have been to Greece. Recently so many images for Greece. This is also nicely presenting attractive point for Greece, wonderful sea, tasteful architectures and so on. Sharp and clear presentation in the so details is marvelous as usual. Thank you for your sharing with fines work and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
Sonata11 (31885) 2012-10-09 19:59
sliczne miejsce i wspaniale na odpoczynek. Sliczna i bardzo ciekawa architektura. Widac jak ludzie speceruja sobie zrekasowani, podziwiajac jednoczenie ta piekna architekture. Wspaniale wykonales to zdjecie. Piekna kolorystyka, super punkt widzenia. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Super praca.
JFS (32457) 2012-10-09 22:55
A very curious one, the contrast of both architectures attracted all my attention and the beautiful blue as well.
holmertz (33585) 2012-10-10 2:08
This looks like an interesting street to spend some time in the evening before it gets dark. The government house and the old castle both look impressive and well worth a closer look. You had a limited space to find a POV tht covered them both but you did well, even if it may have meant getting your feet wet.
danos (80360) 2012-10-10 3:49
very nice the panoramic shot that lead-in the eye on the far end of the exterior walls of Nerazia castle.
I like the clarity of the image,the great sharpness with the Government house to looks so fabulous.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
timecapturer (40374) 2012-10-10 6:13
remember this place well, not changed a bit, but still a fascinating building. It always looks so immaculate and your POV is great at showing its beauty and proximity to the sea. Executed and presented perfectly.
Regards - Brian.
pajaran (44418) 2012-10-10 14:02
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, i istorija ...
Lep pogled na plazu i gradsku kucu ...
Dobra ostrina , kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lepa plaza i arhitektura.
Lepo mesto za setnju.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc.
Very interesting and good text, and history ...
A nice view of the beach and town house ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Beautiful beaches and architecture.
Nice place for a stroll.
Good evening and peaceful night.
All the best.
tyro (16792) 2012-10-11 2:52
Thank you for an interesting note about this lovely place and building. And, although we can't see an aerial view - which you say gives a good impression of this place - you have provided us with a map which is the next best thing!
The lighting here is lovely and really makes the white building stand out superbly against its surroundings and, especially, that lovely deep blue sky. Good composition too, the shoreline leading us very nicely into the picture. Lovely colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
lousat (67205) 2012-10-11 4:10
Hi Mariusz,very interestinr corner of Kos,and a beautiful architechture too,i like your choice of point of view,great exposure,details and colors! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Graal (93634) 2012-10-11 4:13
ladny fragment wyspy pokazujesz, ze stara i nowa zabudowa. Dobry panoramiczny kadr. Mimo, ze to juz jesien ruch turystyczny tam spory. Bdb jakosc, ciekawa notka.
Didi (52509) 2012-10-11 4:38
Nice curve on the street. we are able to appreciate the volume architecture of the governor hous.
Good sof lights.
ikeharel (47056) 2012-10-11 8:55
Good evening Mariusz,
Seafront promenade with old town wall's, and a monumental official building in white.
A fine contrast and division on image space.
Palm trees shades tell it was an afternoon shot, not taking the clock to be accurate...
maria-v1981 (10420) 2012-10-11 9:57
Wonderful picture, the clarity and sharpness of the image is superb, excellent perspective and nice colours and light, I like this place and the contrasts from the white tower and the castle.
Have a nice evening,
raszid62 (18583) 2012-10-11 11:15
Pięknie pokazany fragment miasta i wyspy Kos, aż zachęca do odwiedzenia tego miejsca. Plaża z szarego żwirku, piękny stylizowany na bajkowy zamek, biały hotel przy promenadzie i dalej średniowieczne mury - razem to sprawia rewelacyjne wrażenie. Doskonała jakość obrazu.
kordinator (14805) 2012-10-12 0:43
Nicely presenting attractive point for Greece.
Wonderful sea,fantastic architectures.
Images of superior quality.
abmdsudi (35410) 2012-10-12 1:17
A beautifully lit coastal town in lovely rich colors and well composed with excellent sharpness & contrast. A lively town indeed with active human interaction. Good depth with the water line nicely lead in while the prominent white building stands as strong focal to the shot. A pleasing shot, Well done.
josepmarin (57075) 2012-10-13 12:29
I like how the elegant architecture in Venetian style of the white building attracts our look, and how you have reached a deep perspective from this good POV.
The nice luminosity, the quality of the colors, the sharpness of the image, and the vitality provided by the people, create a very beautiful composition.
A great work, my friend.
Angshu (53681) 2012-10-15 4:38
The Venetian style is quite strong here...did Kos have a strong Italian presence earlier to influence such a style. The setting is interesting with good light. The perspective is well defined & shows us the two structures with two contrasting styles. Very nice!
delpeoples (50323) 2012-10-16 5:01
HI dear Mariusz
It's so good to see you posting regularly again. From this I assume 2 things: 1. You have alot more photos now you've been to Greece and 2. You are getting more sleep from your baby and so have the time and energy to go out and take photos. All of which are good news. A superb photo, with the eye being led around the frame by the beautiful coastline. The white building is exquisite, beautifully contrasted with the predominating blue colours. A fantastic image and thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us.
COSTANTINO (46560) 2012-10-19 8:58
amazing blue color of then sky and sea
both are summer colors and remind of
holidays,koS island is one of the best
a great perspective and this white
building adds a particular character
to the whole scenery
siolaw (37642) 2012-10-27 1:10
Good opposition of styles between those two structures... The quality is flawless with good depth and perspective from this "feet in the water" POV!
jemaflor (76682) 2012-12-22 8:06
Nice view and perspective with the curve of the beach, interesting white monument well taken with this pleasant light, good sharpness and contrast.
fabbs99 (13541) 2013-10-09 19:51
This is a lovely white building by the seaside.I love to look at the road and the building.Great composition with excellent framing and point of view.Very well done.TFS.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (28041)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-25
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-09 13:39