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Monastery ...on the rock

Monastery ...on the rock
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-28
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon EF-S 17-85 mm IS USM, Hoya 67 mm UV MC
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Trikala-Ioannina-West Macedonia
Date Submitted: 2015-01-21 0:01
Viewed: 2832
Points: 98
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The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above") is one of the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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Hello dear Dsnos, my neighbour today !
Perfect capture of this monastery in Meteora atop the rocks.
I visited this site as well a few years ago, it's unvbelievable.
Your caopture is taken with perfect pov and layout.
Nice soft light and perfect sharpness.
TFS and best regards

>Le "meteore" gli stupendi monasteri della Grecia ortodossa, custode di preziose bibliotche e tesori di cultura.

Hello Danos! Fantastic monastery, excellent place. Architecture on the nature. Wonderful POV, amazing shot. Good contrast. Superb natural colours. Original work. Well done!

Dobar dan.
Interesantan tekst o Metéora sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast lepo pokazana litica i manastir.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Lepa priroda i arhitektura.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu manastiru.

Good afternoon.
An interesting article on the Metéora with a description ...
Good image and contrast nicely demonstrated cliffs and monastery.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Beautiful nature and architecture.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best with beautiful memories of the visit to the monastery.

Hello Danos!
A place in Greece I'd love to visit!!!! It's wonderful for sure!
A very beautiful and attractive picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11388 W: 163 N: 19106] (140915)
  • [2015-01-21 0:50]

Witaj Danos!
Amazing location, beautiful building and rock.
Excellent POV and nice delicate colors.
Well done.
Have a nice day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13313 W: 125 N: 23838] (119799)
  • [2015-01-21 1:06]

Hi Danos,absolutely fantastic this monastery on the top of this big rock! I never been there and the Meteora's trip is one of my dreams,your pic is very useful,interesting and very well done,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Danos,

This is amazing!
Can you imagine trying to build on this high, narrow strip of rock! Certainly they were very determined!
It's a fine photograph, giving a good impression of the location as well as the monastery itself.

Have a great day,
Bev :-)

Cia Danos
ottima foto delle famose mateore, uno dei luoghi più celebrati della Grecia continentale.
Alla bellezza della composizione si associa non solo quella del soggetto, ma anche la perfezione tecnica della ripresa che viene ad essere valorizzata da una luce diffusa che rende morbidi i colori e li trasforma in tinte delicate.
Ottima la nitidezza e la luminosità.
Ciao e buona giornata

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2015-01-21 3:12]

Hello Danos,

Almost not to believe how the workers formerly have built his castle high on the rock.
You did a fantastic job with the exposure.
Taken with high quality and sharpness.
Also a lovely panorama view in background.
Very well composition, nice presentation too.
Nice done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hello Danos,
Amazing monastery on thsi high rock. Very well balanced picture with great composition and colours.
best wishes,

Hi Danos,

The rock is a natural frame to the monastery. The point of view is shoeing the dteails of the rock anf of the monastery. The cloudy sky does not hurt the output of the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonjour Danos,

J'aime beaucoup le titre qui accompagne cette composition. J'ai eu le grand plaisir de visiter cette région sans avoir la chance d'avoir le soleil de mon côté.Tu as très bien réussi.



Hello Danos,
An excellent photo of this famous and magnificent place, where the buildings seem to be growing straight out of the rock. It's a very well exposed photo with superb light and sharpness.
Best regards,

It is amazing to see and think how this was built, Danos, an idea to enforce fortification and maybe for more of an isolated sanctuary.
View upwards superbly appears from the slop up to the pavillion atop.
My cong.'s.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 2 N: 8500] (40906)
  • [2015-01-21 10:24]

Hello Danos,
Nice view of this monastery on the top of this big rock. Good framing and lovely natural colors. Very well composition, lovely presentation.

Hello Danos, very good view of this interesting monastery in the rock, beautifully captured by a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Hi Danos, This monasteries seem crafted from a mountain. Great composition. The best part is the inclusion of the bottom part of the mountain had given the viewer a sense of height of this architecture. Nice light and details. Thank for sharing

Dear Danos
Beautiful Meteors and this holy place you nicely presented with one of the monasteries.
Truly impressive view, excellent perspective and beautiful natural colors.
I like a lot this photos.
Kind regards

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11219 W: 174 N: 20535] (90568)
  • [2015-01-21 15:19]


fantastic view of this monastery in the top of this giant rock. despite the use of them for protection I guess the beauty of the place has an special and spiritual aspect too. nice image.



Hi Danos
It is wonder how they built these structures atop such high places. Just the sheer effort at getting the materials up there is mind boggling. The size of those monoliths shows the scale of this incredible monastery which you've captured beautifully, Congrats.
Best regards

Salam dear Danos,

wonderful a marvellous to see a monastery built on the peak of the mountain,

excellent sharpness and colours with useful note,

very nice item and many Thanks!

Have a Bright and White day , Amen, ***

Hello Danos,
Well, the monks followed their Master's advice and built their house on a rock, good for them! It looks surreal, otherworldly. TFS!

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-01-21 22:06]

Dear Danos
excellent photo of the famous mateore, one of the most celebrated of the Greek mainland.The beauty of the composition is associated not only that of the subject, but also the technical perfection of the recovery that is to be enhanced by a diffused light. take care

Hello Danos,
This is a great shot of this monastery that seems to grow out of the rock. The upward view gives us a nice perspective for the scene. The lighting is fine and the photo has excellent color and sharpness.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8664 W: 4413 N: 15279] (61569)
  • [2015-01-22 8:46]

Yassou Wonderful place from a good point of view
Lights are not strong it's giving a peaceful ambiance
Well done
Best regards

Hallo Danos,
wirklich ein super Foto mit dem Meteora-Kloster dem Felsen, sehr gute Foto Qualität, und sehr guter Kommentar
Viele grüße

Bonsoir, cher Danos,
Ce monastère semble avoir été sculpté et construit dans la roche (il semble en fait, faire partie intégrante de cette falaise).
La beauté est stupéfiante.
Très bonne soirée.

Hi dear Danos
This is a very beautiful and attractive. LILIPUT animation is like home. I love it. Very very beautiful. Thanks for signing this nice picture

Hi Danos,
Always impressive this monastery on the rocks, well framed and presented with a vertical format, light is superb as the good sharpness, tfs.

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  • silah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 288 W: 0 N: 252] (2798)
  • [2015-01-23 0:39]

Hi Danos

As I remember there are similar monasteries are found around Cappadocia area, in Turkey. Very good idea to build them sandstone. Very good shot. TFS my friend, GREETINGS, Salih.

Hi Danos.
Spectacular and wonderful, this monastery image, which seems to be balanced on the rock, the truth that this region is a true marvel, I go with little time and not get to enjoy it as wished.
Very good color that gives a great attraction to the image.
Magnificent management, both brightness, and sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
Have a good weekend.
Best wishes.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4119 W: 0 N: 9820] (66923)
  • [2015-01-23 8:21]

This monastery is simply fantastic, excellent photo showing us perfectly this famous place, compliments

Wow! It's amazing how people from ancient times built those structures where logistics is almost impossible. Nicely captured with good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.

Hello Danos,
It's winter in Meteora but some trees on the foreground are still dressed in their autumn colours.
Meteora is one of those magical places on earth, showing a wonderful combination of secluded monasteries and their construction on spectacular locations.
Beautiful presentation.
Best regards, Paul

Ciao Danos, great view of fantastic monastery, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2015-01-24 7:35]

Hello Danos,
Fabulous view up to the rocks and the monastery on the top of it.
Excellent photo with nicely balanced colors, perfect light, very good clarity and splendid details.
Also the choice of the cropping suits the shape of the subject and its surroundings.
Nicely done.
Wish you a nice Sunday.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15527 W: 1055 N: 32393] (150784)
  • [2015-01-24 7:37]

Hello Danos!

I only got to visit 3 of the 6 surviving Meteora monasteries so am saving the other 3 for another visit. Will get a taxi up there next time. Did not see a single public bus despite assurances that they went every hour. This looks like the first monastery at the bottom of the hill which I did visit. Good sharpness and amazing location and landscape of the buildings perched atop the granite rocks. Tfs!

Hello Danos,
Great picture of a fascinating place. We've often seen pictures of this monastery, but it's nice to see it again, so nicely captured in your shot. One can feel the height in this one. Well composed with beautiful colours and good handling of light also. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Danos
What a beautiful place, it seems like the monastery has grown from the rock organically and fits in so well in its landscape. A really magical sight and once again a place I am really happy to learns about from your image and note.
Thanks again

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2764 W: 0 N: 3401] (22672)
  • [2015-01-26 17:12]

Geia sou Danos
I see a mighty cloister that appears being 'carved' directly on one the giant pillars that 'keep the Heaven from falling on Earth'!
Do monks up-there live a better community life than on the ground, that is the question!
Anyways, they breathe fresher air, while being deprived of terrestrial futile distractions while praying or watching
football on tv (I notice the antenna by the tower bell)!
You show with fine details the best of an historic voluntary jail that mystifies visitors and composes attractive pictures, as yours.
Se xereto.

Hi Danos
when we were in Greece we just didn't have enough time to visit here....now i regret it :(
but perhaps some other day in the future.

very rustic, very attractive - this is something we dont' get to see often at all.

really like you close up view, we get to see so much detail in the stone and the buildings.
excellent post

Hello, Danos!

An incredible view of the monastery, and the view from there must also be wonderful! Very nice architecture of the building merging with this beautiful rock formation! Perfect POV to show it, and great colors too! Excellent job!

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
η σύνθεσή σου είναι απλή αλλά αξιοποίησες θαυμάσια την οπτική γωνία και η άποψη αυτή των Μετεώρων είναι από τις πιο εντυπωσιακές που έχω δει γιατί αφήνει την εικόνα να δείξει την ένταξη της αρχιτεκτονικής στο τοπίο χωρίς να αποσπά την προσοχή με διάφορα εφέ. Μοναδικό τοπίο που παρουσιάζεται με εξαιρετική ευκρίνεια, ωραία, ασυνήθιστα χρώματα και σκιές που χαρίζουν πλαστικότητα και ατμόσφαιρα. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,

Well, Danos. This place also is very familiar for me as you know. Meteora is one of the most wonderful places in the world, impressive heritage of the monks.
Superb! I like this view too. TFS!
Greetings from Ural,

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2015-02-12 3:13]

Hello Danos
You have shown this place earlier...a bit wider view & in this scene you have isolated the rock on which the monastry building stands...Good use of the zoom to show us this fine view

Hi danos
Interesting architecture and beautiful
Spectacular and unique
Congratulations for this great post, I enjoyed
Good luck

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 545 W: 9 N: 1420] (6497)
  • [2015-04-14 2:22]

Hi Danos,
Fantastic location of the monastery on the top of the rock. Nice formation of the rocks with a greenery of the trees. Great pov of the photo as well colors, light and sharpness.
Kind regards,

Greetings Danos

A stunning piece of architecture - the monastery seems to emerge organically from the rocks. You have a good PoV showing much of the access path. regards anf thanks, Iain.

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