Monemvasia is consisted of two settlements. Each one of them is located at a different level and has separate fortification. At Up Town (Epano Poli), which is now uninhabited, you will see the remains of buildings from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period. The most significant is the octagonal domed temple of Saint Sophia. Many researchers identify this as the Church of Odigitria dating back to 1150.
Down Town (Kato Poli )is built at the acclivitous part southeastwards of the rock. It is inhabited until our days. The medieval town is a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors all year round. The Archaeological Department has taken over the reconstruction of old buildings, which now has a glory of old times. The tall stone-built houses, the narrow cobblestone paths and the churches take visitors back to past times. Many of the buildings operate now as traditional guesthouses. The atmosphere is really romantic and guarantees of an unforgettable stay.
The settlement is surrounded by a tall wall, two gates eastwards and westwards and a small exit to the sea.
Take a walk around Kato Poli and admire the imposing churches. The temple of Elkomenos Christ is a basilica church with a cupola and a narthex as and an Episcopal seat. In its interior you will have the chance to see important icons of the post Byzantine period.
The temple of Panagia Mirtidiotissa was built around 1700. It has an impressive wooden chancel screen. The temple of Saint Nikolaos is a dome-shaped basilica church with cupola. It was built around 1703.
The church of Panagia Chrisafitissa was found during the 17th century. It has a square champer and a small cupola.
Other smaller temples are: Saint Andreas, Saint Anna the Catholic, Saint Anna of the Second Venetian Rule (1690 – 1720), Saint Demetrios, etc. It is worth visiting the Muslim Mosque. The building dates back to the 16th century, but was turned into a Frankish temple during the Frankish Rule. During the 18th century, it became a mosque once again. Today it hosts the Archaeological Collection.
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bema (26289) 2009-09-13 23:29
really an impressive view you show us here, great location and a place, where i also would like to have a rest or stay, very nice colors and a great depth..
well done my friend..
have a nice day, Jassu Bernd
carmia (5461) 2009-09-13 23:50
Hi Georgios!A Wonderful capture and perspective an
original place. Impressive job!! TFS. Carme.
aadilj (18102) 2009-09-13 23:53
This is lovely and very well composed georgios. i love the colours and the place and the sharpness in the frame.
mesutilgim (81368) 2009-09-13 23:58
Very good idea to use the portrait format for this nice scenery.
Good also to see a daily life scene in the foreground and the church & the sea at background.
Perfectly balanced light and nice geometry.
TFS and best regards
delkoo (68) 2009-09-14 0:26
Well composed in wonderful light. Your perspective is well chosen and there is good depth.
have a nice day
Tweety (4546) 2009-09-14 0:32
Une image très bien composé, tout en verticalité. Une vue agréable. Cela semble quelque peu manquer de netteté néanmoins.
snunney (80647) 2009-09-14 0:57
A very pleasing composition overlooking this delightful looking town. The cafe balcony is well placed to admire the view whilst whiling away the time over a drink or two. Very good colours and clarity.
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-09-14 1:19
Giorgio Geia sou
good PV , with a nice light a very good contrast beetween th firts scene to the back, also an useful note , TFS
Longroute (19394) 2009-09-14 1:24
Very fine and interesting Georgios,
I've never seen the view from Monemvasia but always towards it.
It really look a place worth while a visit and a pleasant stroll, then maybe have a coffee or a beer at that beautiful bar with terrace.
I like both the composition and the tecnical qualities like colours, light and clarity. A very good work.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-09-14 1:43
amazing view with spectacular composition and beautiful details, the POV is very attractive, the depth of the photo is superb. Great mood. Have a nice week!
hardyuno (4650) 2009-09-14 3:19
very good framed picture, the POV and exposure is very well done. Thanks for sharing and the interesting information.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-09-14 3:46
Nice pov overlooking the terrace and surroundings, the hard sun probably explains why the terrace is so empty, but you kept your exposure under control
have a nice day JY
npecanhuk (62526) 2009-09-14 4:10
That's a very beautiful and attractive picture!
The vertical format and the privileged high pov were exscellent choices here!
Exposure and colors are very good too, but I miss a bit more of sharpness!
The location is truly wonderful!
TFS - congratulations!
francio64 (38276) 2009-09-14 4:28
luce perfetta per una piacevole composizione, dove l'inserimento dei tavolini con le sedie, dà anche un piacevole senso di dinamicità.
batalay (35061) 2009-09-14 5:14
What beautiful scene. Initially, I thought it was going to be Santorini, but I realized form the large image, the colors were not quite right for Santorini. It's a beautifully composed shot, rich in color and texture.
Cretense (68685) 2009-09-14 5:50
Γεια σου Γεώργιε!
ΕΞΑΙΡΕΤΙΚΗ φωτογραφία από τη Μονεμβασιά, υπέροχο κάδρο και σύνθεση, συνδιάζεις το ιστορικό ενδιαφέρον της καστροπολιτείας, με την ρομαντική και χαλαρή ατμοσφαιρα της! Άψογος φωτισμός, υπέροχα χρώματα, πολύ καλή οξύτητα!
bostankorkulugu (41990) 2009-09-14 7:03
one of my favorite spots in greece, the place i want to see the most... makes me wanna jump on a plane and cross the aegean georgio... beautiful...
subhendu_bagchi (25400) 2009-09-14 8:10
incredible point of view. Nice perspective presented here with great depth and sharpness. Light is managed perfectly in such bright day. Nice looks of water and hills in background. Well done.
Have a nice week.
saxo042 (37054) 2009-09-14 8:50
This looks like a very pleasant place to eat or maybe just have a drink. The view is very beautiful here and your composition is also very good. The blue colour of the sea in the background is in a fine harmony with all roofs.
vasilpro (40881) 2009-09-14 9:05
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Εξαιρετική σύνθεση με πολύ καλή γωνία λήψης, πολύ καλά χρώματα, όμορφα συννεφιασμένο ουρανό και πολύ καλό βάθος πεδίου.
Καλό απόγευμα, Βασίλης
kevinos (7393) 2009-09-14 10:10
You have a good eye to see the strong geometry here, Georgios,. The zig-zag composition brings together the various elements, the terrace, the church and the distant view. It nicely sharp with good colour and full of a Greek feeling. regards Kevin
Cricri (103055) 2009-09-14 11:01
Quel vue magnifique profonde, plein de joli détails, les couleurs et une lumière qui fait partie de cet endroit plaisant, très belle image et note
carper (96) 2009-09-14 11:04
very nice one here Georgios,
a fine view here, nice looking over the terras and the city, fantastic place and a fine photo job here, have a nice evening.
john1 (4028) 2009-09-14 11:08
Excellent capture and perspective, great light and colors. Wonderfull details of the architecture,
Beautifull landscape of the country.
vinicio (23415) 2009-09-14 22:52
Pleasant view and composition of this image, really good and natural, compliments.
Have a nice day
delpeoples (52777) 2009-09-15 0:17
Kalimera Georgios, this POV is superb, as is your composition and vertical framing. Excellent DOF and tones really bring this photo to life for me - it's almost as good as being there in Greece myself :) Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week, Lisa.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-09-15 7:47
Great POV, amazing view of Monemvasia.
Beautiful natural colours, excellent details and light management
Very well framed and done
Have a nice day
ciakgiak (30407) 2009-09-16 5:10
un panorama mozzafiato su un'architettura splendida, con colori ed uno sharp perfetti. Bellissimo l'inserimento della terrazza coi tavolini. Stupenda immagine.
mauro61 (52623) 2009-09-16 6:12
splendida l'inquadratura sulla costa con tanti particolari a riempire lo scatto.
Un ottima luce e degli splendidi colori rendono magnifico questo scatto dal perfetto taglio verticale.
manousos_jr (285) 2009-09-17 8:28
poly kalh parousiash tou skoinikou!
pablominto (53744) 2009-09-18 2:08
A fine point of view including the terrace to add interest value!
All together a fine composition with good depth, with focus on near and mid distance...
Good details in the charming architecture!
johannita (385) 2009-09-18 4:43
panemorfi i sunthesi sou , i opoia parapempei se pinaka zografikis. H panemorfi arxitektoniki ths perioxis denei armonika me ton perivallonta xoro. Omorfa kai gluka giina xromata sunthetoun mia polu petyximeni apopsi ths Monemvasias.
Bluejeans (64247) 2009-09-19 2:19
Ola Georgios ,
Bom ponto de visão com esta esplanada aqui em baixo , bonita a arquitectura das casas , gostei muito da profundidade da foto, boas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
feather (51130) 2009-09-21 14:20
I spotted the same church in this wider view as the one in your latest post. I like to see it in its surroundings. The diagonal composition works well. The tables and chairs together with their shadows make interesting patterns.
sacavem (18610) 2009-09-30 2:05
These islands are very beautiful.The terraces and viewpoints are a charm.TFS
alin-m (3716) 2009-11-03 5:20
Great view,beautifull immage and wonderfull place.Friendly regards.Yassas.Alin.
DRAKOLIMNH (1224) 2010-01-29 10:27
Γειά σου Γιώργο,
πολύ ωραίο το μέρος-ευλογημένο σαν πολλά στην πατρίδα μας-μια σύνθεση με θαυμάσιο POV ωραία χρώματα που σου βγάζει μια ευχάριστη διάθεση,
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38192)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Monemvasia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-13 23:17
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