This is my first posting since a lot of time. I'm so happy to be back here again.
The foundation date of Myra is not known exactly. However, the archaeological data, obtained from the researches in the grave reliefs with regard to style, indicates that the city has existed in the 5th century before Hellenistic Period. The city experienced its golden period during the 2nd century AD. Myra, completely destroyed by the earthquake in 141 AD., was rebuilt by the charities of the rich Opromaos from Radiopolis and Lucius Magnun, Roman Proconsul. Artemis Eleutera Sacred Place in the city was also rebuilt. Having been renovated in this period, the theatre with its ornaments was characterised as a wonder of the world in the Late Antique Period. Some of the numerous masks ornamenting this stage building are exhibited in the Demre Museum and some in the Antalya Museum.
During the reign of Theodosius II (408-450 AD.), the city became the Metropolitan of the Lycians. In this period, the reputation of the city as the centre of pilgrimage where diseases having been cured spread not only in Lycia but also throughout the Christian World. The reason for this is that Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) has lived here in Myra in this period.
Source : Ministry of Cultur and Tourism of Turkey
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papagolf21 (103834) 2005-09-24 5:49
Bonjour mon ami Bulent,
C'est un réel plaisir que de vous retrouver sur TE ! Superbe photographie montrant ces maisons troglodytes à flanc de montagne. Ce qui est très intéressant, outre ces curieuses maisons, ce sont les sculptures et ornementations réalisées.
Une pure merveille. Un grand merci du partage.
ChristianS (2997) 2005-09-24 8:53
Hi Bulent it was a while ago, welcome back :) Nice composition with the stoneblock relief in the foreground giving the impression of being part of the structures on the cliff. This is an impressive place, with all these columned facades carved into the cliffs. I wonder if these are tombs? Nevertheless I like the shot and I hope that you will continuing posting this kind of pictures with historical backgroung similar to some of yours precedent shots.
Xalkida (11744) 2005-09-24 12:51
That's a very nice shot with great details and very nice original colors. The lighting is very nice. Good work.
HOBO (5282) 2005-09-24 23:58
what a joy to see you again!
I like your arrangment to have the theatre decoration in front of the necropolis - life and death together; perfect!
pamastro (7290) 2005-09-25 14:46
Great to see you're back on your feet, both having the time to post again and getting around as well. I was just about to send you an email, too, and then saw your post.
And a nice return to show what you show best, the beauty of ancient Anatolia. I love these places carved right into the rock. And from your point of view they are like stepping stones up and up. The figures at bottom are really neat as a nearby element. They add a bit of humor, too, in their facial expressions. Perhaps if it were possible to move slightly to place it in the corner of the shot it might be better placed. But, as always, you document a site so well, with clarity, great color and an excellent note.
And again it's great to see you're well.
Hanssie (10852) 2005-09-27 14:45
I know the story, St. Nicolas was the bishop of Myra, isn't it ? A story, don't know for sure, of course, but it's possible......
And it's so nice to "see" Myra now, from you, a spectacular sharp shot and a lot to see, thanks for sharing, Bulent, also the note !
Hi my friend, I noticed, you visited me, indeed after a very long time, it's good to see you again, thanks a lot and "welcome" again:-))
PixelTerror (0) 2005-09-28 9:29
Welcome back, and I like the photo you have chosen to return, the whole view is nice but my eyes are attracted by the 3 faces sculptures at the bottom, they just seem to tell me "ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, look how beautiful is this ancient place" !
Have a nice day,
ChrisJ (116108) 2005-10-04 3:53
An interesting archeological site. I like the tight cropping & framing, & the contrast between the open mouthed statues & the caves carved out of the cliff. TFS.
fkk (2037) 2005-10-21 3:12
merhaba bülent bey;
harika bir görünüm, bu fotografi ilk görüste birden kapadokya bölgesi aklima geldi ama degilmis lakin oralari cok animsatan bir fotograf, harika kompozisyon, cok net ve berrak bir fotograf, güzel calismanizdan dolayi tebrikler...
mineelci (1535) 2005-11-24 8:46
Myra'nın tüm detayları tek karede gibi. super kadraj. eline sağlık.
- Copyright: bulent pehlivan (bpelvan) (3798)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-09
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/227 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Ancient Cities of Turkey, Likya/Lykia/Lycia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-24 5:42