04-01-2008, 14:23 #11
Η Μάνη - ManiΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Μάνη - Mani
Mani is an arid isolated region loacted in the Southern Peloponnese, where stunted olive trees and prickly pears survive. Descendents of the ancient Sparta lived in the area and in the Middle Ages were joined by refugees from the Byzantium nobility. They established a local aristocracy and formed competing clans with rights to erect tower mansions up to five stories high to use in combat. Poor resouces spurred banditry and blood feuds which lasted for years.
The invading Ottomans chose to encourage the feuding rather than rule Mani directly and appointed a "bey" from the clans so to oversee the region. Petros Mavromihalis united the clans while instigating the Greek uprising of 1821.
04-01-2008, 14:30 #12
Ο Μυστράς - MystrasΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Ο Μυστράς - Mystras
Mystras is located on the Peloponesse close to Sparta. Byzantine architecture from the 13th & 14th centuries is abundant and records show that the 1448AD the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Paleologos was crowned there.
In 1834AD thirteen years after liberation from the Ottoman Empire the modern city of Spart was founded marking the end of the old town's life.
This scene shows Our Lady Evangelistria (of the Annunciation).
04-01-2008, 14:32 #13
Τα Μετέωρα - MeteoraΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Τα Μετέωρα - Meteora
Meteora is the site of an important group of monasteries in Central Greece. Their history can be traced from the 11th Century when hermits settled there.
The Holy Monastery of Saint Rousanou was founded around 1560. Until recent times access to the buildings was by a rope basket which was lowered by the monks using a pulley system. People and supplies were raised and lowered from the balcony at the right of the building.
04-01-2008, 16:51 #14
Η Νάουσα - NaoussaΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Νάουσα - Naoussa
The Island of Paros in the Cylcades is the location of Naousa, a bustling fishing village nestled in a natural harbour.
Seafood restaurants with outdoor seating line the small quay and the busy commotion of the sunny day gives way to a tranquil ambiance as the quay transforms into a popular restaurant destination. Diners and an occasional wandering cat savor the bounty of the sea confident in its freshness. Lights glimmer over the water as the colorful boats sway to the sound of the water lapping at their side.
The harbour is a perfect place to relax at the end of a busy day.
05-01-2008, 13:32 #15
Η Νάξος - NaxosΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Νάξος - Naxos
The island of Naxos in the Cyclades group is home to these colorful fishing boats. They are owned by fishermen from the small village of Apollo. A couple of small restaurants on the beach serve food and drinks, under a covered patio. It is an ideal location to sit and enjoy the view after a day at the beach.
05-01-2008, 13:35 #16
Το Ναύπλιο - NafplioΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Το Ναύπλιο - Nafplio
Local tradition tells that Nafplio was founded by the son of the sea god Poseidon. It is situated on the gulf of Argolis in the Eastern Peloponnese.
It has been an important town since the early 13th century when the Byzantines repopulated the area. Subsequent invaders have built and refortified the town and it still has well preserved fortresses and buildings from many eras. Below the fortifications are the narrow old streets with beautiful old houses. Its proximity to Athens makes it a popular weekend destination.
07-01-2008, 14:24 #17
Η Πάτμος - PatmosΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Πάτμος - Patmos
Patmos is the most northerly of the Dodecanese group of islands. It is a beautiful island that has maintained its religious traditions and has many monasteries and churches.
The Book of Revelations in The Bible was written on the island by John the Evangelist. An important monastery on the island honors his name. Residents take great pride in the island and many of the old houses have been restored.
07-01-2008, 14:29 #18
Η Παντανάσα - PandanasaΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Παντανάσα - Pandanasa
The Monastery of Our Lady of Pandanassa (The Queen of all) has a church of mixed architecture featuring exterior porticos and a bell tower.
The monastery is in the Mystras region close to Sparta. Conservation and preservation of wall paintings has been a priority of this region. The sanctuary has fine wall paintings dated around 1430AD and others on the site are from the 18th century.
21-01-2008, 10:32 #19
Ο Προυσός - ProussosΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Ο Προυσός - Proussos
This church nestled into the steep rock houses the miraculous icon "Panagia Proussiotissa" which is much revered by locals for its powers. The church which dates from 1754 a.d. is the domed-cross type and features a small crypt located on the west side that can be adjusted to be used as a side chapel.
The monastery of which it is part is in the Evritania region of West Central Greece and is one of only a few that were saved in the region
Τελευταία επεξεργασία από το χρήστη Yaryalitsa : 21-01-2008 στις 10:37
21-01-2008, 10:35 #20
Η Σαντορίνη - SantoriniΠαντελής Δ. Ζωγράφος
Η Σαντορίνη - Santorini
This volcanic island in the Cyclades has a unique geography resulting from an eruption long ago of the still active volcano. during the eruption the cone exploded and fell back into the sea leaving a partly submerged cone surrounded by the remains of the now crescent shaped island. On one side small homes are built on the steep edge of the rock face.
Many of the homes have rooms carved out of the pumice stone rock left by the volcano. The other side of the island slopes gently to the sea from black volcanic beaches. Small family churches are dotted amongst the white homes, their blue domes sparkling in the bright summer sun.
Τελευταία επεξεργασία από το χρήστη Yaryalitsa : 21-01-2008 στις 10:40
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