The amazing Greek Monastery wedged into a steep cliff in the mountains of Sumela outside Trabzon reminded me of the Pueblo Dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado in the US where adobe mud brick houses were constructed to avoid attacks by marauding Navaho Indian tribes. I presume the Monastery was built here to avoid attacks by Ottoman Turks? It's well worth a daytrip and the frescoes, although heavily vandalized in the lower sections during the early 20th century, are still in good condition in the ceiling and upper wall parts.
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Romano46 (16578) 2013-11-18 2:11
molto bella ed originale la composizione che, grazie alla ripresa dall'altro permette di percepire molto bene quanto l'ambiente sia raccolto ed integrato mella roccia.
Una ripresa tecnicamente perfetta alla quale giova anche la gran ricchezza di dettagli che fanno immergere l'osservatore in questo spettacolare presepe.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
papagolf21 (83214) 2013-11-18 2:32
Bonjour, cher Chris,
Excellent sujet proposé. Un grand merci pour ce partage.
J'apprécie beaucoup ce genre de composition qui apprend beaucoup.
Très bonne journée.
Royaldevon (26449) 2013-11-18 3:14
This does look like a very interesting place and one I have never seen before.
Your viewpoint anchors the f/g and produces a real sense of descent as we move towards the figures.
You have given lovely details, like showing us how the cliff overhangs and protects the buildings, the frescoes, the fine textures and the contrasting styles of architecture. I am curious as to why some buildings are flat roofed and others bearing terra cotta tiles.
Have a good day,
timecapturer (45107) 2013-11-18 3:35
this place looks absolutely fascinating. I can see the similarity here with the US pueblo dwellings too. Your POV gives us a great overall impression of the site and also a sense of scale. Wonderful! TFS.
Have a great week - B.
ikeharel (52181) 2013-11-18 3:56
Marvelous view of the labyrinth built town onto the rocks. Probably for good defender's position in old days. Superb managing the low light under the shade of the mountain, good clarity as always.
Sergiom (54377) 2013-11-18 5:18
Très impressionnant comme point de vue sur ces maisons troglodytiques creusées dans les parois de la montagne. C'est comme un petit village à l'abri de tout. Très impressionnant.
rychem (19395) 2013-11-18 7:22
This monastery looks like a bilding of lego bricks, beautiful old buildings and impressive cliff towering over the monatery, really a beautiful place, very well done
saxo042 (36904) 2013-11-18 7:23
I really like this interesting architecture and the harmonic colours of the buildings. The additional colours of the people also provide fine effects. A very interesting view!
rigoletto (34197) 2013-11-18 7:32
hi chris. last night checking some old folders, i saw the same photo in my computer, and was thinking whether to upload. better i didn't becasue it would be a funny bingo. it was built there 1000 years before ottomans came, so the reason should be the same with any monastery being built in hidden heights.
TekAli (1322) 2013-11-18 12:44
Aynı açıdan benimde bir fotoğrafım vardı,daha kalabalık bir insan topluluğu vardı.
Çok güzel bir açı.Birde manastıra girişte ilk odadaki ğencereden fotoğraf çekmenizi dilerim manzara çok güzel.
macjake (52014) 2013-11-18 16:13
well, this is exactly what TE is suppose to be about.
Learning about different cities, countries, and cultures around the world.
and this is exactly what happened here, as i had no previous knowledge of this subject.
they must have been recently renovated? looks almost new, or new-ish.
cool and very interesting post.
keep them coming
PaulVDV (20385) 2013-11-18 17:18
When I visited Sumela there was a lot of fog (in July!) and my pictures of it are very hazy.
A wonderful view of inside the monastery. Mostly we see pictures taken down at the mountain with a view of the monastery hanging at the cliff.
It looks bigger here than I recall it.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (73194) 2013-11-18 21:58
Tu as trouvé un bon point de vue pour nous présenter ce monastère en partie troglodyte.
carlo62 (27512) 2013-11-18 23:43
un luogo fantastico, fotografato da un ottimo pov.
Un vero e proprio labirinto di piccole strade, archi e tetti, tutto da scoprire e gustare, come un buon cibo, con calma e serenità.
Cricri (101189) 2013-11-19 13:30
Très belle et intéressante construction du monastère coincé dans la roches, un lieu sans aucun doute a voir, bon POV, belle présentation
eldancer1 (25105) 2013-11-23 7:45
I just posted an old ruin built into the mountain side, I guess the ancient civilization were more ingenious in finding a safe place to live. Good capture of this beautiful scene with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
We got plenty of rain Las Vegas since Thursday with lots of snow on the mountains. The wet weather tripled the number of road accidents in the valley. People never learn.
daddo (22616) 2013-12-03 4:12
Hi Chris.It must have been an inspiring place for a pilgrimage in the old days before the senseless damage. i remember standing before the frescoes and looking at two young German women, their faces aghast at the damage. The guides were at pains to explain that the damage was random and not deliberate, even thought many saints, prophets and apostles had their eyes deliberately gouged and in some faces out of reach, I hazard to guess that rifles were used. It is I suppose lovely to see the belated appreciation of the frescoes by the current generation of Turks.An inspiring place to visit but sad also as it stands as testimony of what people can build inspired by religions and what they can destroy inspired by zealots. Great POV and excellent exposure. Regards. Klaudio.
Angshu (54703) 2013-12-04 1:22
Sumela provides opportunities for amazing pictures from different POVs where the monastery seems to 'grow out' of the rock face. here you have shown a closer approach where we can actually see how the buildings were constructed...amazing place it must be!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful place