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Crete 2010 #21 Kato Moni Preveli

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 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 1/320 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

fantastic!! fantastic!!!

4 Feb 2011 5:51am

@sunstone_maria: Thanks !! Thanks !!! :-)

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi, prachtige stenen en details.

4 Feb 2011 11:27am

@Aubélia: Aangetast door de tand des tijds ... en toch ook weer niet ... Fijn weekend voor je, Aubélia.

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

very impressive

5 Feb 2011 2:47am

@Candais: Thank you very much for your comment, Candais. It is a realy nice place to visit.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

this shot really shows the age of the building. Do people go in there?

5 Feb 2011 2:50am

@Julie Brown: The whole monastry is surrounded with a big fence and enterring the site is strictly forbidden. I think the buildings are too unstable to be secure. I was lucky my lenses were the right size to fit through the mazes of the fence ...

Marilla from Turku, Finland

This must have been a beautiful monastery. There are still bells in the tower.

5 Feb 2011 2:18pm

@Marilla: The whole monastery is very beautiful but it is forbidden to enter the territory. I also noticed the bells are still in place - wonderfull they were never removed ...

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm