Castle of Monemvasia-A byzantine castle situated south-east of Peloponess
Monemvasia occupies a steep, rocky islet connected to the Laconian coast by a bridge. The settlement was founded in the 6th century A.D. by emperor Maurice. The castle that was built and the walls helped the city to keep away the pirates. The inhabitants were sailors and merchands and the city kept its economical development for many centuries. In 1147 the Normands tried to capture it without success. Francs managed to capture it but only for 10 years period.
In 1259 MICHAEL PALAELOGOS liberated Monemvasia and the city had important cultural and economical development until 1460 when the area was captured by the Venetians. In 23 July 1821, after a long siege turks surrendered the castle of Monemvasia to Alexandros Kantakouzenos.
The most important monuments of the city are:
The castle and the walls.
Church of Aghia Sophia built by emperor ANDRONIKUS II PALAEOLOGOS in 13th century.
Church of Christ Helkomenos, with significant icons (you see in the picture here!)
Church of Panaghia Myrtidiotissa built in 17th century.
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pajaran (49824) 2009-09-16 9:19
Pozdrav sa balkana iz Cuprije.
Odlicno prikazana stara arhitektura i istorija grada.
Dobra kompozicija, boje i ostrina snimka.
Lepo za gledanje, Paja.
Longroute (19394) 2009-09-16 9:39
Another fine view of this interesting and picturesque town and island. I like the sight of both the town and mountain behind. Rich in clarity and textures. Fine contrast and colours.
A good work.
saxo042 (37104) 2009-09-16 11:29
The rock wall behind this attractive village has an almost unnatural look; very graphical texture. Fine colours and composition!
Silvio1953 (118553) 2009-09-16 12:22
Ciao Georgios, great view of lovely village under fantastic rock, beautiful composition with good natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (21253) 2009-09-16 13:58
A very beautiful picture of the centre of Monemvasia with quite a lot of green on the foreground.
The plants and trees contrast nice with the grey of the church and the houses and with the impressive rock behind the village.
Best regards, Paul
antua (16) 2009-09-16 14:12
poly omorfi eikona apo tin Monemvasia me ta gri spitia na fainontai san synexeia tou grizou vraxou pou vrisketai apo piso tous!Omorfa xromata kai poly kali gonia lipsis! Sygxaritiria!
vasilpro (40881) 2009-09-16 15:23
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Άλλο μια πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία από την υπέροχη Μονεμβασία, πολύ καλή γωνία λήψης.
Σε καληνυχτίζω, Βασίλης.
Gerrit (46086) 2009-09-16 15:34
It looks like the houses are made of the same material as teh rock,
Excellent composiotion in good light.
shevchenko (19051) 2009-09-16 19:33
Informative note for study the byzantine city, good pov with including old architectures and surrounding environment within a shoot, unique geographical feature as background, foreground trees add perspective to the view, thanks for sharing a beautiful old city.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-09-17 3:40
beautiful photo of this picturesque place, the composition is very spectacular, the environment is romantic. Impressive and beautiful sight, Tfs! Have a nice day!
subhendu_bagchi (25422) 2009-09-17 3:59
another great composition. The historical rocky wall is superb. The architecture is great and detailled nicely. The green trees in foreground gives adequate contrast to the grey stones. Your note is also very informative. Tfs.
Have a great time.
jhm (136896) 2009-09-17 4:16
Lovely area, nice castle this against the slope of the mountain in background.
Perhaps I would to the right little bit cropping, exactly the wall, this is a small detail.
Nice composition, very nice presentation.
Good photo job. TFS.
COSTANTINO (53049) 2009-09-17 9:18
Geia sou Giorgio,
Mia akomi omorfi foto apo thn grafiki Monemvasia,
me wraia Arxitektonika xaraktiristika kai apoluti tautisi me to perivalon.
bema (26289) 2009-09-17 9:36
Georgios geia sou..
really a very pretty village on a very fine located place..
like that view with taht big rock in the background..
have a nice evening, Jassu Bernd
Cretense (68687) 2009-09-17 11:42
Γεια σου Γεώργιε!
Εξαιρετική όλη η σειρά από τη Μονεμβασιά ως τώρα, νομίζω οτι η καινούρια κάμερα σου έφτιαξε το κέφι και σου έδωσε νέο κίνητρο! Πολύ ωραίο κάδρο και σύνθεση, άψογος φωτισμός και υπέροχα χρώματα!
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38196)
- 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, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Monemvasia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-16 9:14