This is the ancient temple of Zeus, the principle Greek God. Pergamum was a Greek colony and city state. St Paul mentions this city in the book of revelations as one of the 7 cities. It was reputed to be the throne of Satan and human sacrifices would take place on the altar, which was removed by the Germans in 1930 and taken to the Berlin Museum. During the Roman occupation Pergamum was an influential political center & the martyr Antipas was roasted alive in 92 ad, inside a hollow bull with a fire lit beneath. Not my idea of entertainment. His crime? Apparently he drove out too many demons from the city. More info here:
Most of the tourist crowds head for Ephesus, several hours south of here by car, but it was enroute from Istanbul and Cannakale (Anzac Cove) / Troy, so I stopped here for a day or 2 and stayed in Bergama at the foot of the plateau. Highly recommended.
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timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-24 3:44
lovely shot of these ancient ruins. I love the light and your chosen POV that adds to the charm and mystery of this place. Gorgeous shadows and blue skies make this so attractive and impart a real sense of the atmosphere. If walls could talk eh?
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (63348) 2013-10-24 3:53
C'est à se demander comment tu as réussi à photographier cet endroit sans aucun touriste autour. Le point de vue est impressionnant et la lumière superbe fait bien ressortir les détails dans une grande netteté.
snunney (86762) 2013-10-24 4:05
The well chosen point of view shows the grandeur of these ruins to good effect. I like the lighting and the excellent rendering of the textural detail. The peerless blue sky makes a fine backdrop.
pierrefonds (58486) 2013-10-24 4:21
Les arbres aident au cadrage des ruines. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des ruines de l'Acropole de Pergamum. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.
John_F_Kennedy (43255) 2013-10-24 6:18
Lovely perspective and superb capture of the lights with an amazing ancient architecture. Very nice
Nicou (125600) 2013-10-24 7:41
quelle vue de cet ancien temple sueprbe cpatage quelle belle colonne et la luminosité et ce ciel pur sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
PaulVDV (23181) 2013-10-24 11:43
I guess you climbed over the fence after closing time. Or had all tourists headed for Ephesus that day ?
I like your well thought POV to show us the most columns of both rows.
The blue and white combination is wonderful.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (77620) 2013-10-24 22:54
Jolie mise en image de ces colonnes grecques parfaitement éclairées.
Silvio1953 (126137) 2013-10-25 1:55
Ciao Chris, great view of fascinating ruines, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (37594) 2013-10-25 7:28
The horizontal parts of these ruins are nicely angled in this picture. The vertical lines provide a good pattern. A very attractive composition and excellent colours, with the dominating white and blue parts.
rychem (25438) 2013-10-25 8:41
A very nice way to show the ruins, really a beautifully composed photo with perfect light on a sunny day, great shot
Miguel82 (25149) 2013-10-25 11:01
A toponym reminding me a chemical component Chris, nice picture of ruins, very ancient columns and a remarkable architecture, high resolution, attractive colors, good light and pov, your photo comment is instructive about the temple of Zeus, all the best and good evening
resat1972 (7486) 2013-10-28 10:13
a nice graphical publicity photograph from izmir
Angshu (56292) 2013-10-29 0:29
The structure seems well preserved. Compared to the crowd (that's also an understatement) in Ephesus, this seems to be like bliss...where one can really enjoy these old ruins. Fantastic clarity & contrast with the polarised blue sky. Good work!
nikkitta (15464) 2013-10-29 12:41
I visited Pergamum Museum in Berlin and saw the frieze of the Pergamon Altar such a colorful interior and is it the exterior or part of it?
Very informative note with terrible history of Antipas
About the capture a classical one for a so old classical place, well composed with white columns in contrast of a very blue sky
Great work, congrats
ikeharel (59869) 2014-07-12 0:34
Learning something new every day on TE, as you mentioned most tourists go to Ephesus, while with a detour in opposit direction - there is this marvelous location.
The beautiful set of culumn in perfecr reserved condition. Pic. taken from a favorable POV, show the place in good DOF, under bright dayliht and claity.
Enjoy your weekend,
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (101192)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-24 3:30