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Greece - Monemvasia

Greece - Monemvasia
Monemvasia is a town, which is located on a small island - 300 metres wide and 1.000 metres long - off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island - cut off from the coast by an earthquake in the year of 375 - is connected with the mainland by a 200 metres long causeway. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 meters above sea level and a rather small piece of land with the walled town itself.

The town's name derives from the Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". It is also called “Gibraltar of the east”
The town and fortress were founded in 583 by inhabitants of the mainland, seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece. From the 10th century, Monemvasia developed into an important trade and maritime centre.

Monemvasia - a natural fortress - was inhabited and soon became a strategic fortress claimed the Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Ottomans. The town was liberated from Ottoman rule on July 23, 1821 by Tzannetakis Grigorakis, who entered the town with his private army during the Greek War of Independence.

Monemvasia became linked with mainland Peloponnese in 1971 by the causeway and a small bridge. The town has become an important touristic site with an increasing number of visitors, strolling along the cobbled streets and paths amid the mansions and Byzantine churches. Medieval buildings have been restored and many of them converted into hotels. These days, though, only around 20 people live in the kastro (fort) permanently.

(I took the main picture from the Upper Town, which was home to the Venetian aristocracy and nowadays offering a wonderful panoramic view of (the rooftops of) Monemvasia and the surrounding area.)

©UdoSm, Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*, , Richard Chamberlain and 60 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Annemarie club
wonderful from above

Happy new week:)
2 years ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
A lovely perspective...grand to see!
2 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen .Danke schön für die Interessante Info!
2 years ago.
 Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft club
Wonderful photo and an interesting History lesson for me.
2 years ago.
Wonderful rooftop shot.
2 years ago.
Zulma club
Stunning work Jaap!!
2 years ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Great picture..+ 'pips' ... and information... almost like reading the most splendid 'National Geographic' ..
Cheers and 'best wishes' from David J'.
2 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Beautiful pictures !
Have a nice week
2 years ago.
HappySnapper club
I think you have to be well with your neighbours to live here, I love the narrow street in the PIP, Lovely photograph Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (limited time)
Soeradjoen (limited… club
Vanuit een speciale hoek.
Mooi Jaap.
2 years ago.
Elegant pic from above, nice the upshot for this nice village. CIAO, Gastone.
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belles photos et notes. Nicole
2 years ago.
RHH club
Beautiful town and what a view, Jaap.
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Great pov.
2 years ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
Looks a nice interesting place to visit; good series Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Franco Timpanaro
Franco Timpanaro
Bel panorama
2 years ago.
Fantastic pic and info Jaap
2 years ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Wonderful overview main pic and nice supporting PiPs and notes.
2 years ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
I love it... It also brings back wonderful memories of my too short time in Monemvasia.
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Jolies vues d'ensemble !
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Superbly captured Jaap................I love that view over the rooftops in the main image and the accompanying PiPs add some great context.

I especially like the amount of fine detail you've captured...........absolutely fascinating.

A great history lesson in the narrative too. Thanks for sharing.
2 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
très belle perspective et explication...
2 years ago.
neira-Dan club
Très joli village
2 years ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Nice aerial view. Like the pip 4***
2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Memories ! I know this town very much ! Fine roofscape, Jaap !
2 years ago.
cammino club
Interesting roofscape!
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A wonderful point of view Jaap! Love all the PiP's too!!
2 years ago.
 Luz •.¸¸ ㋡
Luz •.¸¸ ㋡ club
Uma bela panoramica !
2 years ago.
sea-herdorf club
Ein Blick über die Dächer, Jaap.
Super Serie.

Freundliche Grüße und eine gute Woche
2 years ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbe découverte de cette île avec une description bien détaillée et des photos de grande qualité ! Bonne journée Jaap !
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
sasithorn_s club
Excellent aerial view of this impressive town with great history!
Thanks for the wonderful PiPs and info, Jaap!
2 years ago.
polytropos club
Yes! A wonderful view!
Incredible it's already more than 10 years ago I've been there! :-O
2 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Gorgeous series!******
2 years ago.
 Harry and me
Harry and me
Great one!! Kind regards!
2 years ago.
 © Montse;-))
© Montse;-))
Wonderful view!!!!!!!
2 years ago.
 Guy Bacca (guybac)
Guy Bacca (guybac) club
Belle vue plongeante sur le village dans la photo principale... Les PIPs nous montrent des détails qui sentent bon le Sud
2 years ago.
Splendide prise de vue!
2 years ago.
 Alessio Corsi
Alessio Corsi
Magnifica vista!
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
beautiful panorama and roofs pattern !
2 years ago.
RHH club
Thanks for the visit, Jaap.
2 years ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Immer wieder schön, diese mediterranen Städte mit ihren engen Gassen zu sehen!
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work ;-) ✡✡✡✡✡
2 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful view. I didn´t know this town.
2 years ago.
Beautiful view. Didn't change the last 18 years :)
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Veni
Suppose it will not the next 18 years :)
2 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A very nice capture of these beautiful rooves Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb series of images and an excellent narrative Jaap
2 years ago.
trester88 club
Ein atemberaubender Blick!
2 years ago.
Esther club
Great view from the heights. I would love to visit here.
2 years ago.
Schussentäler club
sehr schöne Serie
2 years ago.
neira-Dan club
Très jolie série d'un village beau et pittoresque
2 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
a long time ago, I was once there - but I don't remember so many houses
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
What a jewel of a find, Jaap! Reading about this place really adds marvel to the place. It's so old and cut off from the rest of the world. Wonderful photography to show off some of the grandeur of the place. I can only imagine that as fine as your pictures are, there isn't any way to adequately experience a place like this without being there. I know this is truly the case with many places, but when they are old like this...there is a palpable feel that cannot be captured without being there. And it's more. How cool that you got to visit this place. Thank you for bringing it to my attention! :)
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
wat een prachtig plekje, wat een mooi verhaal en wat een schitterende fotoos
2 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Wow. What a wonderful view!
2 years ago.
ROL/Photo club
Très belle vue aussi de, ces multiples toits
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
Great overview! The PiPs are interesting.
2 years ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Wonderful series!!!
2 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
well seen
2 years ago.
 Jean-louis Thiaudiere
Jean-louis Thiaudier… club
Magnifique série!!
2 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Fabulous rooftop view Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
magnifiques et une belle page de l'Histoire*******************
bonne journée Jaap !
2 years ago.

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