Orta Lake - San Giulio Island - Italy by sstarlightss

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518 views – September 5, 2011 – (08/18/2011)
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- Featured in “The 100 – 499 VIEWINGS GROUP” – January 24, 2011
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- Featured in “European Everyday Life” Group – August 23, 2010
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- Top Ten placement in the “Your Favorite” Challenge (March 22, 2010) launched by “History” Group – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
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- Top Ten placement in “Il Paese – Small Town Italy” Challenge (Jan. 31, 2010) launched by “The other side of Italy” Group – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
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- Top Ten placement in “January Avatar ~ Your Choice” Challenge (Dec. 27, 2009) launched by “Your Country’s Best” Group – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
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- Featured in “A view somewhere…” Group – November 28, 2009
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- Featured in “Visions of Italy” Group – October 31, 2009
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- SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK IN " ISLANDS OF THE WORLD" GROUP
October 26-31, 2009
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- Featured in “The Beauty of the European Waters” Group – October 27, 2009
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>>> Camera Olympus compact SP 700 <<<
1/500 sec – 8.0f/ – 18.9mm – ISO 400

San Giulio Island
According to the legend, the Island of St. Giulio was dominated by a big serpent that destroyed everything. But when St. Giulio, that had the power to command over the waves, the storms, the wild animals and the human beings, arrived near the lake , waving his hand he chased away the dangerous menacing animal.
He reached the Island journeying over the water on his cloack guided by his staff. The big reptile disappeared and St. Giulio, tired and near to his death, thought that the island was the right place to build his hundredth and last church dedicated to the Holy Apostles. The Island of San Giulio is today a place of! great misticism. Here was born on 962 William of Volpiano, during the siege to Queen Willa by Emperor Otto, King Berengario II’s wife, who had taken the Island from the Bishop of Novara. The big central building was a Castle. The island was the governor ‘s seat that represented the bishop. On 1842 it was destroyed to build on it a seminary. Now there is a Benedictin monastery that helps giving more mistic power to a place that is by nature immersed in the silence.
Between 1593 and 1615, a decisive role in the continuation of the project was played by the Bishop of Novara, Carlo Bescapè; he was concerned that the complex should be a strictly organised centre of devotion, in line with the ideas which had inspired the Council of Trento, and more particulary with the interpretation of the Counter-Reformation given by Carlo Borromeo in the diocese of Milan.
The Basilica of San Giulio was originally founded by St. Giulio in 390. During the siege of Otto 1st (956 – 962) the church was seriously damaged and only the central apse was saved. After year 962 the canons had the privilege on the territory of the Island signed by Otto the Great , so they dedicated themselves to the reconstruction of the church. The tower was added during the 11th – 12th century.
In the Basilica the frescoes were certainly begun very early, and re-done at various times. Of the datables the oldest frescoe is aged 1421. But the greatest work of art in the Basilica is the ambo. The pulpit is carved out of grey-green serpentine from the Oira quarry. The sculptures represent the Evangelists. The figure sculpted among the eagle and the lion is probably Guglielmo of Volpiano.
The elegant houses on the lake were the canon’s residences: In 1763 each of them was called after a Saint to recognise them easily

Il lago d’Orta, lake of Orta


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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my Claudia. This is absolutely spectacular. What an amazing place it is. Wow!. Instant fave.

  • Hello Teresa. thank you a lot for your great comment and fav. Nice from you! I love this place, it is so charming and quiet! Hugs and love. (…and Good night, it’s so late for me!) ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 5 years ago

    A fantastc shot! i want to live there! who cares about serpents?? :))

  • Welcome, Barbara, nice to meet you and many thanks for your kind visit and great comment! About serpents… lol, nobody cares! ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • Friederike Alexander
    Friederike Ale...almost 5 years ago

  • WOW, I’M HONOURED FOR THE FEATURE! MANY THANKS, HOSTS AND CO-HOSTS FOR HAVING FAVOURITED MY IMAGE. ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 5 years ago


    Congratulations Claudia!

  • WOW, TERESA, THIS IS A GREAT HONOUR FOR ME, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL NEWS YOU’RE BRINGING TO ME TODAY! I’M REALLY THRILLED FOR YOUR APPRECIATION! THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH FOR CHOOSEN MY IMAGE! hugs and love. ;o)

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  • Antonio Zarli
    Antonio Zarlialmost 5 years ago


    Congratulations you are featured in Visions of Italy

  • Grazie, Antonio, che magnifica notizia! Io amo molto Orta e sono felice che le foto che le ho fatto siano state apprezzate! MANY THANKS ANTONIO FOR FEATURED THIS IMAGE THAT I LOVE SO VERY MUCH ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • becks78
    becks78almost 5 years ago

    Stupenda, complimenti per la feature!

  • Grazie, Claudio, sono felicissima ed è stato un vero piacere ed una vera sorpresa che questa foto abbia incontrato tanto favore presso i nostri Hosts. Evidentemente ho trasmesso attraverso la mia macchina tutto l’amore che ho per questo posto. Ciao. ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • becks78
    becks78almost 5 years ago

    Un giorno mi devi far da Cicerone per questo magnifico posto..

  • _Pensa che il 15 novembre saremo di nuovo ad Orta con alcuni amici del nostro gruppo di fotografia di webshots… Non sei mica per caso libero? ;o) – Sarebbe divertente. Ciao.

    – sstarlightss

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot, sstarlightss !
    Deserving of every feature, and more. :)

  • You are so very nice, Stan! Thank you a lot for stopping by and so greatly commented! ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • Rosy Kueng
    Rosy Kuengalmost 5 years ago

    Hai fatto piazza pulita con questa immaggine! Woow..bellissima!
    Stupenda nei colori e riflessione…Auguri!!!!

  • Grazie mille, Rosy, è un piacere vederti ogni tanto passeggiare tra le mie foto… Sì, ho avuto delle belle soddisfazioni con questa foto e con quelle di Orta in generale, devo dire. Ma è un posto talmente bello! Sono felice che sia stata così apprezzata! Un bacione per te! ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • … e grazie per averla aggiunta alle tue foto preferite! ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A View somewhere ….”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • SUCH A LOVELY NEWS, GRAHAM! I’M SO GLAD AND PLEASED FOR THIS FEATURE! THANK YOU AND MARILYN – Warmest. Claudia ;o)

    – sstarlightss

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