Photographer's Note

I hereby return to my "homeplace", namely TE, where i feel like in a spiritual bondage and am now immensely glad to be around after 6 months of "military exile"...

The photo was taken 2 days ago in Klazomenai, Urla, Izmir. I used Sigma 10-20, here being 10 mm wide angle.

Klazomenai (Greek: Κλαζομεναί) was an ancient Greek city of Ionia and a member of the Ionian Dodecapolis (Confederation of Twelve Cities), it was one of the first cities to issue silver coinage. Klazomenai is located in modern Urla on the western coast of Anatolia, on the southern coast of the Gulf of İzmir, at about 20 miles west of İzmir. The city was originally located on the mainland, but probably during the early fifth-century Ionian Revolt from the Persians, it was moved to an island just off the coast, which Alexander the Great eventually connected to the mainland with a causeway.

Olive oil extraction installation dating back to the third quarter of the 6th century BC uncovered in Klazomenai is the only surviving example of a level and weights press from an ancient Greek city and precedes by at least two centuries the next securely datable earliest presses found in Greece. It was restored and reconstructed in 2004-2005 through collaboration between Ege University, a Turkish olive-oil exporter and a German natural building components company, as well as by local artisans, on the basis of the clearly visible millstone with a cylindrical roller and three separation pits. The olive oil obtained turned out to be quite a success in business terms as well.

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