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Crete 2010 #20 Kato Moni Preveli

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

In April 2010 I made a photo-trip to Crete. The main goal was surching and documenting the wild orchids and endimic flora of the Island. I already posted some of the species back in april (all images posted between 23/04/2010 and 15/05/2010).
In this series I will be posting mainly cityscapes and landscapes taken on the island during that trip.
For me it is a good occasion to review my images and select only the best and most representative ones from this trip.

Image: Kato Moni Preveli (Crete) - 11/04/2010

There are strong indications that the first core of the Monastery was organized on the area of the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist or Kato Monastiri (the lower monastery), during the II Byzantine period of Crete, around the 10th or the beginning of the 11th century, when many monasteries were established on the south coast of Crete. The oldest date related to the monastery is 1594, and it is engraved on a bell of the monastery. The monastery was probably founded during the Venetian occupation by a feudal lord known as Prevelis. When in 1649 the Turks occupied Crete, they destroyed numerous church establishments, among them the monastery of Preveli.

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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ceanothe from France

What a great shot !

3 Feb 2011 6:38am

@ceanothe: I'm very glad you like this image, Ceanothe. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Ik ben nooit op Kreta geweest, maar heb een mooie indruk gekregen door de serie die je hier plaats!
De luchten zijn er prachtig en de rostformaties indrukwekkend. Gelukkig hebben de Turken het
klooster niet helemaal verwoest, wat er rest ziet er imposant uit.

3 Feb 2011 7:10am

@Monique: De rotsformaties en het landschap zijn inderdaad behoorlijk indrukwekkend te noemen. De luchten zijn nogal afhankelijk van het weer vermoed ik - zoals overal ter wereld ... :-))) Jammer dat dit klooster niet te bezoeken is, je kan het enkel vanop een afstandje en vanachter een draad bekijken. Gelukkig waren mijn lenzen net de maat van de mazen in de draad .... Groetjes !

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

this could also be in Corsica !

3 Feb 2011 8:40am

@Veronique: I think the islands in the Mediterranean all have about the same atmosphere. I never visited Corsica but maybe one day ...

anne from zwolle, Netherlands

aan de foto mankeert niets volgens mij ,het is leuk zo mee te kunnen genieten van het griekse landschap en cultuur....

3 Feb 2011 11:20am

@anne: Leuk dat je de reeks zo op de voet volgt en mijn foto's je kunnen boeien. Bedankt voor je enthousiasme, Anne.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Amazing how long this has stood.

3 Feb 2011 10:57pm

@Julie Brown: I think the buildings were regularly destroyed and rebuild during history, but you can still feel the original quiteness of the monoastry. It is realy a nice place to visit.

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm