Tomorrow is St Nicholas. So I am posting a photo of his statue in Demre, where he was an Orthodox bishop and where he died.
St Nicholas was born in the ancient city of Patara, in what is now Turkey, but was then the Eastern Roman Empire, in the 4th century AD.
He then became the bishop of the ancient region of Lycia, and died in Myra, near the modern city of Demre.
He is well-known as being the Patron Saint of children, as he is said to have saved three children from murder during a period of famine. In general, he is famous for bringing help to people in difficulty.
He then became the saint who rewarded the good children with presents and punished the bad children.
This tradition used to be celebrated on DECEMBER 6TH, the supposed date of his death, and still is in Northern European and Orthodox countries.
But in other countries, it was gradually transferred to Christmas Eve, and St Nicholas became Santa Claus, which merged with the popular figure of Father Christmas.
A few WS will show you the saga of the different ways St Nicholas is perceived in Turkey and in other Christian countries.
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lousat (82500) 2013-12-05 9:05
Salut ML,il est sans doutes un parmi le plus celebres saints dans la religion,particulierement en Turquie,ou tu as prise cette photo,et en Grece,chaque ile a au moins une place ou une eglise qui s'appelle Agios Nikolaos.Une photo parfaicte,imposante et tres bien realisee',la meillleure maniere pour celebrer le patron des enfants.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano
danos (90305) 2013-12-05 9:34
Hi Marie Louise,
nice to see this statue of St.Nicolas in a Muslim country like Turkey.I like the view as the presentation of the statue,the informative note,as the photo is dedicated for him.
jemaflor (89351) 2013-12-05 11:16
Salut Marie Louise,
Bien cadrée cette statue, bonne luminosité et fond de ciel bleu, bon moment pour évoquer ce Saint.
Fis2 (89993) 2013-12-08 13:36
Good frame and light.
hidibyendu (875) 2013-12-08 14:09
Very good portrait of St Nicolas with a very nice note.
Very nice story about this great man, I didn't know this. Good information.
Very nicely done this statue. Good colors. Good pov, framing and composition.
Waylim (25368) 2013-12-10 11:25
Sorry, I have not been much around lately and thanks for all you wonderful comments on my images.
This is a very nice photo of the statues of St Nicholas. I like the message it carries for me disregard to who he was. A father figure that care and protect the child providing support and education.
Hope you are doing well and have wonderful Holidays, in case we have not connect between now and then.
Silvio1953 (130310) 2013-12-15 5:22
Ciao Maria Luisa, gran POV sulla bella statua, molto belli anche i sei WS, ottima nitidezza e buona luce, se non ci dovessimo risentire tanti auguri di buon Natale, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (16607) 2013-12-15 11:51
Hi Marie Louise,
This is new for me, of course, this and most of the commotion represented in your WS would be new for me because I have not been to Demre since 1985. You have accumulated a great wealth of history and excellent images under this heading.
It is interesting that the Lycian sailing ship depicted on the front of the pedestal looks like a stylized sleigh.
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-12-15 15:22
Great display of the Indian culture. Lovely colors in this image.Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation. TFS.
Kielia (24073) 2013-12-16 9:09
Dear Marie Louise,
this is a very good contribution to this site in its best spirit. You are presenting the statue taken from a very well chosen POV. My compliments also for the note!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-18 11:47
Ciao Marie Louise,
mi fa piacere sapere che sei tornata con le tue fotografie.
Era tanto che non notavo la tua presenza.
Se non l'avessi proposta e se non avessi letto le tue note non avrei mai pensato che in Turchia si potesse trovare una simile statua.
La ripresa gode di una buona luce e lo stesso soggeto si staglia molto bene contro il cielo di un azzurro intenso
Hai scelto anche il momento più idoneo per proporre questo personaggio.
Ciao e buona serata
mesutilgim (89070) 2013-12-21 0:57
Hello Marie Louise,
I know this StNicholas statue in Demre but do not like much as it's much "military look" (even with the kids) for my opinion !
Anyhow good TE job with interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ikeharel (62879) 2013-12-21 2:22
An imposing monument, MarieLouise, and the chosen perspective serves well on image.
Details around the statue also interesting to look at, story which is new to me.
We learn new stuff daily on TE. really.
Bonne weekend et Joyeux Noël.
pajaran (55013) 2013-12-21 9:34
Interesantan i dobar tekst o Svetom Nikoli ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana skulptura.
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend.
Interesting and good article about St. Nicholas ...
Good composition, beautiful sculptures shown.
Good work and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend.
Nicou (130007) 2013-12-26 6:29
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe St.-Nicolas tout en oir avec la jeune et ce socle de pierre blanc quel se contraste et le ciel limpide quelle iamge.
Bravo et belle soirée
abmdsudi (46848) 2014-01-03 8:12
Great capture and your narratives help me to appreciate this even better The statues look fascinating in architecture I find the color against the pretty blue sky is most enchanting with glimpses of fabulous reflections, cleaness, crispy and wonderfully composed in brilliant warm light presenting many details which you have captured admirably. Just wonderful that you have certainly captured the grand statures superbly. Congrats, Thanks for sharing
UlfE (14641) 2014-01-14 11:21
It is not exactly Santa Claus that I that I associate with when I see this staue and not to a 400th century bishop either. His outfit looks more like a costume from much later centuries. Nevertheless you have taken an excellent photo of the statue with perfect focus on the statue and with the background a litte bit blurred and the photo very goood note. TFS and have a nice evening!
clic (16074) 2014-01-20 16:04
Bonjour Marie Louise
Il est intéressant d'apprendre l'évolution de l'appellation du personage au cours des siècles.
Je considère qu'avec l'avènement de Twitter son rôle s'estompe car, sages ou pas, il est 'de bon ton' que chaque enfant puisse communiquer rapidement avec les amis sans attendre l'événement annuel!
pierrefonds (60338) 2014-01-22 16:42
Le cadrage serré met la statue en évidence. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la statue. Bravo pour tes 7 ans sur TE, bonne soirée.