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Panagia Spiliani

Panagia Spiliani
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13703 W: 295 N: 27291] (109601)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-11
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Samos-Ikaria - Ephesus
Date Submitted: 2009-10-16 8:51
Viewed: 5165
Points: 132
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Panagia Spiliani or Virgin Mary of the cave.

In the hill that dominates north of Pythagorio and in the entry of cavern finds the Monastery of the Virgin Mary,Spiliani.The haze of mythology wants, the behind of the Monastery cavern,to be used in ancient years (600-500 B.C.), as Οracle from Sibyl Fiti.

The cavern is connected unbreakable with Christian deliveries of the people of Samos, as it was one from the main places of adoration at the first years of Christians period. In 1943,in the middle of the Second World War, the Abbey and the network of caverns that is found around, was used by the residents of Pythagorio, as den at the German bombardments.

From the balcony of Abbey the visitor can admire the splendid view to the plain of Xora,the Pythagoreio, and gazing the immense light of the blue sea,touches upon Agathonisi and the Asia Minor.

You can see here the entrance of the cave.

Παναγία η Σπηλιανή

Στον λόφο που δεσπόζει βορείως του Πυθαγορείου και στην είσοδο ενός σπηλαίου βρίσκεται η Ι.Μ. Παναγία η Σπηλιανή. Η αχλή της μυθολογίας θέλει το όπισθεν της Ι.Μ. σπήλαιο να εχρησιμοποιείτο κατά τους αρχαίους χρόνους (600-500 Π.Χ.) ως Μαντείο από την Σίβυλλα ΦΥΤΩ.

Το εν λόγω σπήλαιο συνδέεται άρρηκτα με τις χριστιανικές των Σαμίων παραδόσεις αφού ήταν ένας από τους κύριους τόπους λατρείας κατά την πρωτοχριστιανική περίοδο. Το 1943 μεσούντος του Δευτέρου Παγκόσμιου Πολέμου η Μονή και το δίκτυο των σπηλαίων που βρίσκεται πέριξ αυτής χρησιμοποιήθηκαν από τους κατοίκους του Πυθαγορείου ως κρησφύγετο κατά τους γερμανικούς βομβαρδισμούς.

Από τους εξώστες της Μονής ο επισκέπτης μπορεί να θαυμάσει την υπέροχη θέα προς τον κάμπο της Χώρας, το Πυθαγόρειο, και ατενίζοντας το απέραντο γαλάζιο της θάλασσας αγγίζει το Αγαθονήσι και την Μικρά Ασία.

Μπορείτε να δείτε εδώ την είσοδο του σπηλαίου

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Hi Danos,

interesting place, it's a difficult picture because the light conditions are not the best, the cave is really amazing, well done!

Have a great weekend!


iassu my dear Danos
very harmony and holly mood from this church and you managed very well the interior lightning. ine poli orea bravo ihsan

Dobro vece, kod nas je bio hladan dan sa kisom.
Sta su sve zrtvovali da bi sacuvali veru.
Dobra kompozicija,dobre boje i prilagodjeno svetlo eterijeru ove stare pecine sa malom crkvicom.
Prijatno vece, lep odmor, Paja.

Kalispera Danos,
this is a very interesting place, now i know what i've missed during my holiday in the eighties on Samos.
You have managed this difficult light situation very good. The workshop photo helps to imagine the whole scene. Very good job, TFS
Have a nice weekend

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2009-10-16 12:53]

Kalispera Danos,
You managed the difficult light well to give us an interesting documentary posting. Greece, with its many surviving artifacts of ancient civilizations, is certainly the place to see the takeover of holy places by the whoever happens to be the 'new boss' at the time.
HLJ, Pat

Geia sou Dano ,
Omorfi kai katanuktiki atmosfera ,
me uperoxi diaxeirisi tou fwtos
para ton ellipei fwtismo,
kalo vradu,


Hello Danos,
it's a very particular and interesting image, with a strange nocturnal atmosphere and a great management of the light.
Well done dear friend.
Friendly regards.

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία από τη σπηλιά που φιλοξενεί μια από τις μοναδικές εκκλησίες τέτοιας αρχιτεκτονικής στην Ελλάδα με πολύ καλό φωτισμό και σύνθεση εικόνας.
Σε χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.

Hi, Danos
You did an excellent job under difficult light conditions and it resulted in a smart picture. Good framing, contrasts and colors. Well done. Regards, Consuelo

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2009-10-16 16:59]

Yassou Danos
Strange picture indeed with a good lights management.
You gave me an idea for a next trip because there is some peoples who live in caverns in France on the edhe of the Loire river.
Best regards

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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2009-10-17 0:52]

Beautiful capture, Danos!!
Extraordinary contrast between white and dark elements.
Good enlightment and perfect perspective!!
It's not easy take the phots inside the bulidigs with limitation of light...

Very well done!!

Kindest regards,

Well done Danos!

An intriguing and very well composed photo. This place is really so interesting and you managed the light conditions very welll. I like very much the contrast between the dark rock and the white chapel and thanks to the excellent sharpness it's possible to appreiate the fine textures of rock and walls.
An excellent work.

Have a nice week end,

interesting shot of some history of Samos,
good handled the light, fine composition and a interesting note, good trekearth job Danos.
regard jaap

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-10-17 5:35]

Hi Danos,

it looks a difficult light situation but the photo you present has an excellent quality. I see many details of the interior of the cave and even the textures of the wall. Nicely done!

Γεια σου Δάνο!

Άκρως ενδιαφέρουσα η φωτογραφία σου. Τα στοιχεία που παραθέτεις, εξίσου σημαντικά!

Η έκθεση είναι εξαιρετική όπως επίσης και το κάδρο.
Καλά ταξίδια λοιπόν με τέτοιες καταγραφές που πολλούς ενδιαφέρουν.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24410 W: 523 N: 40832] (175692)
  • [2009-10-17 7:22]

Hello Danos,

Both pictures are very nice, certainly the picture with the entry to the cave.
Wonderful ceiling, exactly an imminent sky.
Good perspective, good light and pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Kodiang 2009

Hi danos. This is an amazing view with ambiance so well registered. The details are so well seen with sharpness captured to perfection. Very good framing and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

Hi Danos,
A difficult inside capture, very well resolved, with a great control of the light and the sheens on the rocks of the cavern where this so spectacular monastery is located.
I like the contrast between the grey tones and the white tones.
A good popularizing work, and a good photographic work.
Friendly regards,

Hello Danos!

Strange place, very intersting! Thanks for the note.


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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2009-10-17 17:54]

Absolutelly interesting shot, friend. Well composed photo job to show to all us the uncommon image. Well doen!



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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-10-17 23:38]

Kalimera Danos,
unusual place. Good presentation in cave. Amazing contrast and colours. An interesting informations also. Well photowork.
Have a nice sunday.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
  • [2009-10-17 23:48]

Hi danos, what an interesting place! very unuisual phhoto of the church in the cave. Well done!



Hello Danos
Impressive place and an excellent picture.A mysterious atmosphere .Very well done.

Hello Danos,

An astonishing place and an another very good night's shot. Good managment of light and good framing with the colured elements which arise very well in the black of the night.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi dear Danos,
an extraordinary atmosphere with sacred details and special light..very impressive scene..also negativ Despite conditions,very successful shot,superb sharpness and clarity..TFS.
Best Regards


Namaste Danos,
nice interior of the monastery. Light is mystic and looks great. Colour balance superb. Depth is nice even in such low light condition. Very well done.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14267 W: 1034 N: 28581] (135888)
  • [2009-10-18 3:14]

Hi Danos

Good lighting & wonderful reflections off the shiny wet floor in this subterranean scene. Tfs!

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2009-10-18 3:37]

Wow, that's an amazing night shot, absolutely brilliant by using available light, congrats Danos. Fine execution indeed. It's one of the best shot I have seen today. The color hues a vibrant and the sharpness is very high. Moreover your note - as usual - is very informative. Well done

Greetings from Alor Star

- Spectacular and impressive place Danos, the atmosphere seems to it heavy, a very strange cave, anyway excellent technical quality in this hard conditions, congratulations and TFS.
Have a nice sunday.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-10-18 5:57]

Another "night" picture, Danos. Your excellent picture was my motivation to read the note. Superb presentation and technical realization, friend from dear Greece.

Warm regards,


Hi Danos,
Good light capture for your original presentation, interesting result, perfect sharpness.

Hello Danos.
A great interiors shot, it's pity there were not people, but the outcome is anyway nice, high sharpened and deep.
Best regards.

Hi Danos,

Interesting picture and info. Special atmosphere with the white walls and black ceiling. I was a little astonished at the primitive lighting in the place. It deserves better I think.

Groet Rob

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2009-10-18 14:52]

Hola Danos.
Despite very difficult light conditions you manage it very well, very interesting peaceful place, your WS is also a very good shot and show us the entrance to the impressive cave. Both were well captured.
Best regards.

Hi Danos,

At first I thought there was two moons, a light and the moon. The use of a tripod and of an exposure time of 1/15 of a seconds is giving a nice image. The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of this section of the monastery. Well done, have a nice day.


Hello Danos,
This place is really so interesting and you managed the light conditions very welll.Wonderful ceiling, exactly an imminent sky.

Hi Danos,
Interesting place, it is impressive to think about those old times when people came there to pray. Simple and full of history...
TFS and have a nice week !

a very good shot for such light conditions dano... the wet floor adds charm to it... all the best... korkut

ciao Danos,
molto bella questa immagine delle caverne sotto il monastero.
Ottima l'inquadratura e la luce che hai tirato fuori,
buona giornata

Bonjour, mon ami Danos,
Je suis conquis à chacune de vos photos. Ici, nous découvrons cette magnifique caverne bénéficiant d'un historique étonnant.
Quant à la qualité générale de la photo, c'est tout simplement superbe !

Hi Danos,
very interesting subject and great light which makes very special atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Danos
very interesting place
good light manegement
thanks for sharing and explanations
best regards

Quelle superbe photo de cette caverne avec cette bonne gestion de la lumière, très humide je pense, un endroit étonnant mais plein d'histoire
bravo et merci de cpartage

hello Danos
this is an amazing place for a church,and I find this very nice!The colors are superb,and you have perfectly managed the light!Very well done!

Hello Danos
Very intresthing place in Pythagoreio and nice present
very lovely work my friend

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9596 W: 157 N: 15500] (124107)
  • [2009-10-19 12:31]

Witaj Danos!
A very interesting place.
Good frame and colours.
I like the light.
Photo has climate.

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  • antua Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 2 N: 3] (16)
  • [2009-10-19 13:08]

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,

εξαιρετική παρουσίαση της Παναγιάς της σπηλιανής η οποία νομίζω πως είναι ένα απο τα πιο όμορφα αξιοθέατα της Σάμου... Εδώ μας την παρουσιάζεις εξαιρετικά με άριστη διαχείρηση του χαμηλού φωτισμού, πολύ καλή ευκρίνεια και πολύ όμορφα χρώματα! Συγχαρητήρια!

Καλό βράδυ,

geia sou Danos, the tripod has been used well here to create a very sharp and well-exposed photo. This must have been difficult given the light conditions. The cavern is very interesting and I have enjoyed your Note also. Thanks for sharing, Lisa

Hej Danos,
A truly TE photo uploded here. Good note an an interesting angel.

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2009-10-20 8:16]

Very enigmatic the inferior capture Danos..And you had used greatly to light!


Bonjour Danos.
C'est une atmosphère bien particulière que tu as saisie-là. Cette grotte a toujours été un lieu de culte et même un abri pendant la guerre et ta photo est bien réussie en maîtrisant la lumière.
Amical salut !

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-10-21 2:40]

Hello Danos,

An extraordinary place but which seems to me also very wet… Difficult conditions of catch of sight but that you controlled with wonder here I find, restoring all the atmosphere of this place of prayer. Really very interesting and thank you for the note Danos.

With all my friendships and a very good day,


Hi Danos,
Interesting composition to show the hidden monastery, everythings are save here far from the zones of wars, clear to see the structure of a simply monastery, distinct indoor photo, thanks for sharing.

Amazing, beautiful and magicly this cave with christian capelle. Wonderfull dark colours and very good sharpness.
Best regards

Ciao Danos, splendid light in sacre cavern, wonderful exposition, beautiful composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-10-23 23:54]

Bonjour Danos,
un document interessant bien photographié et bien commmenté, des vestiges d'un lointain passé parfaitement conservés. J'aime ici la qualité de tes lumières et de la mise au point.
Mes amitiés.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2009-10-25 20:50]

Hello Danos
Very well composed and good natural light showing us the interiors of the cave monastery. Your note is very interesting to read and I learnt something new today. Thanks also for the WS, which allows us to see the entrance to the cave. Good work!

Verry interesting place.Have some special.Friendly regards.Alin.

Danos, nice shot, the dampness of the cave comes through clearly and maybe because it is already cold here where I am the picture seems to have that same feeling. Nice deep shadows, fine work.


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  • clio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2211 W: 282 N: 5256] (27961)
  • [2009-11-07 1:05]

Geia sou Dano,
Very strange place and very strange photo!
You created an incredible atmosphere. Before understanding that we are in a cave, we have the impression to see a sky of the end of the world with two moons which observe the scene.
Very well done!

Hello Danos!
Truly an impressive place, very good comment and photo, congratulations!

Hello Danos
Beautiful caves created by God to be a temple.
Beautiful composition made below the surface.
Beautifully blended colors and the hall was pretty well lit.
Perfect work.

Δάνο γεια σου,
το εσωτερικό της σπηλιάς είναι εξαιρετικό με το εκκλησσάκι της Παναγιάς της Σπηλιανής να το παρουσιάζεις τόσο ωραία.Ο φωτισμός είναι φανταστικός και μπορούμε να δούμε όλες τις λεπρομέρειές του.


Kalimera Danos,
A fine indoors the cave photo, well managed the light, and showing the simple monastery built there.
Not an easy task, and you did a good photojob on the unique place.

Δάνο, η φωτογραφική σου ανησυχία έφερε τα βήματα σου σε αυτήν πανέμορφη και μοναδική εκκλησούλα!
Και να το αποτέλεσμα:Μια ανεπανάληπτη φωτογραφία με όλη την σημασία της λέξης, φταίω εγώ πού σε λέω ιδιοφυία???

Original monastery in a cave Danos,
Good light management, fine colors and contrast
Interesting note
Have a good afternoon

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