In 1088, a soldier monk named Christodoulos supported by Byzantine emperor Alexius Komnenus, started building a monastery on the hill overlooking the harbour of Patmos. He built it upon the ruins of a temple dedicated to Artemis, in the name of John the Divine (Theologian), one of Christ's disciples who, while exiled on the island (94-96 A.D.), envisaged and composed the Revelation (Apocalypse).
The monastery was heavily fortified for defence against pirate attacks.
In the 16th and 17th centuries the island of Patmos knew great economic prosperity as many of its inhabitants had become successful seamen, shipowners and merchants. They built impressive houses and mansions and gave Chora the form it retains until our days.
The Monastery and Chora have been declared World Heritage monuments by UNESCO.
Happy Easter to Orthodox friends, health, love and hope to everyone!
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timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-15 2:54
a wonderful composition, full of excellent detail and beautifully contrasting colours and textures. The light management is perfect as is the presentation. Superb!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
diomed (13926) 2012-04-15 4:00
anzitutto Tanti Auguri per la Pasqua che ricorre oggi!
Bellissima la veduta del castello di Patmos, con tutte le case bianche che fanno da cornice. Una luce leggermete dorata rende la foto ancora più gradevole. Le case e il castello creano con le loro forme un delizioso grafismo.
Magnifico il POV, il framing e la nitidezza.
Ti auguro una felice giornata e tanti festeggiamenti!
mohammad_H (9904) 2012-04-15 4:02
Landscape and beautiful views and interesting layout of the house with beautiful colors, white and brown uniform. They were built on a long look beautiful. Recorded in the appropriate box. Very good resolution. Good Luck
dale54 (7513) 2012-04-15 5:00
ourania hello,very impressive scene,great lite color and light!like it all! wonderfull POV too! tfs! dr
cornejo (41401) 2012-04-15 5:13
Γεια σου Ουρανία, πολύ καλή φωτογραφία αυτής της όμορφης και ενδιαφέρουσα χώρα, πολύ καλά και αποτελείται πλαισιώνεται, πολύ καλά κάνει με σαφήνεια, καλό φωτισμό και φυσικά χρώματα. Πολύ καλή δουλειά φίλε μου, τα συγχαρητήριά μου. Καλό απόγευμα και ευτυχής για την έναρξη της εβδομάδας. TFS.
Με φιλικούς χαιρετισμούς και τις καλύτερες ευχές.
Hi Ourania, very good photo of this beautiful and interesting place, very well composed and framed, very well done with clarity, good light and natural colors. Very good job my friend, my congratulations. Good afternoon and happy start to the week. Tfs.
Best regards and best wishes.
rychem (34611) 2012-04-15 8:40
Beautiful photo of a white town and the fortress, beautiful warm light, nice details
golus (2893) 2012-04-15 10:12
The photographer must build an empathy with the viewer if he wants his/her capture perceived properly. You're achieving this perfectly with your extensively useful notes. This one is another good example. Your concise notes covering almost a thousand years helps the viewer to develop emphaty and interest with the scenery. Your composition is excellent, building from bottom to up, first the elegant white Aegean houses (built respectfully and giving enough importance to not covering up their neighbor's view) and at the summit, the magnificent Castle with a different color (as if it is the only one authorized to use a different color). Your light management is masterful, produced wonderful colors and shadows. I very much liked this one my friend, I can view and dream on it for hours. Happy Easter to you and your family. Have a great week.
adramad (44900) 2012-04-15 12:35
Magnificent composition, with great charm with these beautiful houses so uniform, not only in white, but in the designs of their windows, beige to match the color that gives us the impressive fortress that dominates the of the town, an extraordinary image, you've captured a perfect light and very nice natural coloration.
Very good job, I love it.
Good start of week.
carlo62 (46511) 2012-04-15 15:19
bella composizione, i colori che contrastano sono caratterizzati dalla luce molto calda.
Molto bello il castello che sembra essere sostenuto dalle case bianche sotto.
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2012-04-15 19:35
more Aegean, cradle of civilization. magical light and incredible contrast with the clouds. Wow, I wanna go back!!! Cheers Jancsi
aliabazari (16154) 2012-04-15 21:34
Very beautiful record. Exposure and colors with great composition.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-04-16 1:59
Jolie photo où on est impressionné par le contraste (architectural et de couleurs) entre les maisons et le monastère fortifié.
mauro61 (52855) 2012-04-16 3:33
mi piace l'effetto cromatico dei due elementi architettonici con il bianco delle case su cui spiacca la tonalità calda della luce solare,
jemaflor (96087) 2012-04-16 8:14
Impressive contrast between fortress and the whte houses, well framed fron this pov, lovely light, perfectly captured.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-04-16 9:18
سلام دوست من
خیلی زیبا درمحیط جالب با نور خوب گرفته شده است تبریک با
آرزوی بهترین ها
ciakgiak (30429) 2012-04-16 10:13
magnifica la luce che ha impreziosito ancor di più l'architettura di questo splendido monastero.
I colori sono ancora una volta molto belli e suggestivi, creando col castello sovrastante un insieme di sicuro effetto. Un caro abbraccio e tantissimi auguri mia cara amica.
tyro (24398) 2012-04-16 16:00
What an interesting note and what a fine photograph to accompany it!
The low warm light has illuminated the castle and the lovely white houses beautifully and you have captured them perfectly with spot-on exposure, wonderful colours and exquisite sharpness and detail.
bukitgolfb301 (41070) 2012-04-16 19:02
Hello my dear Ourania
Yes, another impressive shot! Reflecting with your high sense and your coutry's wonderful character!
Nice composition with great combination.
Significant tasteful calm color touch and good daylight indeed.
Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from a little cold Tokyo
danos (96772) 2012-04-17 0:50
Ουρανία γεια σου,
πολύ όμορφη και γραφική παραουσίαση του κάστρου του νησιού με τα άσπρα σπίτια να φτάνουν σχεδόν μέχρι την κορυφή του.Μου αρέσει αυτό το κοντραστ των χρωμάτων,το γλυκό και ζεστό χρώμα της καινούργιας ημέρας νομίζω,με την αναφορά σου στο ονομαστό Μοναστήρι που είναι ένα από τα κύρια και σπουδαιότερα λατρευτικά σημεία της Χριστιανοσύνης.
Silvio1953 (140901) 2012-04-17 3:37
Ciao Ourania, great POV on fantastic castle and lovely houses, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
vasilpro (41271) 2012-04-17 11:13
Γεια σου Ουρανία,
Πολύ όμορφη η θέα της χώρας και του κάστρου της Πάτμου με ένα ζεστό φως και ωραία χρώματα.
Χρόνια Πολλά, Βασίλης.
Gigidusud (20825) 2012-04-17 13:22
Fantastic shot!The contrasts of the monastery and the house are fabulous.Excellent POV,framing and splendid light.I like it!
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-17 18:00
Γειά σου Ουρανία!
Πολύ όμορφη λήψη με ιδιαίτερα όμορφα στοιχεία.Το χρώμα του κάστρου που βρίσκεται στην κορυφή διαφέρει στο σύνολο των σπιτιών και προσδίδει κάτι διαφορετικό.Πολύ ωραία θερμά χρώματα.Πολύ καλή δουλειά.Συγχαρητήρια!
Καλό σου βράδυ,
ChrisJ (112373) 2012-04-18 3:17
I think the soft diffused light from the overcast sky has helped you here. Those white highlights would be blown out in full sun! They are just perfect as they are here! I like the red tinted fort atop the hill contrasting against the blur grey tints of the sky. Tfs!
mirosu (16041) 2012-04-19 4:22
Excellent townscape. Perfect POV/DOF, perfect light, colors and color contrast. Perfect clarity. Very well done.
Mistral (15402) 2012-04-19 9:21
Nice composition of this beautiful chora with the clearly differences between the religious and civil architecture.
I was there long ago and it's always a pleasure to think back to "my dodekanissa".
A smile for you!
ikeharel (69883) 2012-04-20 8:10
Afternoon golden light on white village, was fabulous, Ourania.
This looks better image from previous one,posted 17/12/11. The sharpness and light managed well.
abmdsudi (53079) 2012-04-23 3:10
Super image with the castle stands commandingly and the neatly white cluster of houses on the slope offering much contrast but the side lightin in warm glow is the most attractive element for me. Well composed shot, good tonal range and well exposed. Well done and excellent infor notes. Congrats
PaulVDV (28263) 2012-05-01 14:18
While the trees on the foreground are already in the shadow, the evening sun still illuminates the village and the castle with a beautiful light.
It's impressive how this castle towers over the village but also the houses look wonderful.
It must be a pleasure to wander around there and to admire the beautiful decorations around the windows. All decorations are in the same colour: the colour of the monastery/castle.
The picture is taken from a very good angle.
Best regards, Paul
baddori (20121) 2012-05-05 15:38
L'ordinato dipingere le case di un bianco accecante è impressionante .
Un ordinata coreografica collettiva .
L'effetto lo recepisco piacevolmente ...ma non so se vi sono regolamenti locali .
Contrasto tra fortezza e costruzioni abitative .
Miguel82 (27674) 2012-05-15 15:49
A huge castle on this hill
I like the typical white greek houses we can see on Tv
Fine colors, light and good sharpness
vjmite (4216) 2012-05-18 4:36
A fantastic light illuminates this photo, bringing out the reds in the monastery and on the white houses. The houses stand out well against the dark foreground. A well composed and exposed photo.
Didi (60588) 2012-05-19 10:54
Very nice peaceful lights ambiance on this magnificient village
It's possible to remove easily tthe antennas from the roof castle :)
kato (11630) 2012-11-25 22:06
You're capturing well this place bt a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see strong castle with brown wall and beautiful crowded houses standing mountain's slope. The House has a good design on white wall, too. And, the green trees in this side draw out a good atmosphere in this image.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-02-15 10:55
sei molto brava e le tue foto sono ricche di molte foto ricche di fascino.
Oggi voglio lasciare un commento a questa che è incantevole nel bel contrasto tra il colore bruno del castello e il bianco abbagliante delle case che hai saputo riprendere molto bene sia per la scelta del punto di ripresa che per l'ottica che comprimendo i piani rendela sensazione che le case si stringano le une alle altre.
Ottima la composizione in diagonale e bella la luce piuttosto calda che illumina case e castello lasciando che il cielo uniforma faccia da sfondo.
Una bella cittadina che non conoscevo, ma che, guardandola, si vorrebbe visitare.
Ciao e buona serata
Sonata11 (33763) 2015-07-27 21:22
beautiful shot of this beautiful castle. I like the POV and the colors, sharpness and great clarity. Well seen and well done. Bravo
All the best, Barbara