Looking South West from the Acropolis

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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In the foreground, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone theatre structure located on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. Built in 161 AD by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof, and was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000.

The audience stands and the ‘orchestra’ (stage) were restored using pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been one of the main venues of the Athens Festival, which runs from June through September each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances.

In the background, on the left, a small section of the sweeping expanse of Athens and on the right, Philopappos Hill.

The summit of the Hill of the Muses (Mouseion hill), also known by its modern name Philopappos Hill, is crowned by the monumental tomb of Gaius Julius Antonichos Philopappos, dating to 114-116 AD. Philopappos, an exiled prince of Commagene in Syria, citizen of Athens and consul in Rome, received the exceptional honor of burial within the city walls. The tomb is made of Pentelic marble and stands more than 12 m high.

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Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4
ISO 200
Focal length 18 mm


Related shots can be found at Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

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