Monemvasia in the natural spotlight

Hercules Milas

Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece

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Full moon over the medieval “castletown” of Monemvasia. Photo taken from the yard of the house, where one of the greatest Greek poets, Giannis Ritsos, was born and raised in. His house is right above the main entrance of the castle.
Monemvasia is built on a big rock which is connected with the mainland of Peloponnisos with a narrow brigde. It is often called the “Greek Gibraltar”. As it is built on the “back” side of the rock it’s not visible from the mainland and offers a limitless view to the sea. It’s not just one castle but two. The upper one is almost completely destroyed. Only a wonderful church and one or two buildings are “still on their feet”. Besides that it’s worth the effort to climb all the stairs you see on the left part of the picture, just to have a panoramic view of the lower castle, that is “alive ‘n’ kicking”. It is perfectly preserved (people still live there) after more than 1000 years of history. No signs of modern civilization (ok there’s electricity, but no cars, no noise , no TV antennas etc). There are beautiful (often luxurious) guesthouses, romantic cafes, tradicional taverns waiting to embrace you with the unique atmosphere of Monemvasia. In my opinion, the best place to be in Greece if you are looking for romantic holidays with the one you love.

Focal length: 27mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 32 sec
ISO: 400

Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Tripod: Manfrotto
Edited in PS6

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