Photographer's Note

Travels on the Silk Road (continued):
The Bukovina region in the North of Romania does'nt border on the ancient Silk road. But the famous monastery of Moldovita (16th century) has a story to tell with its wall paintings: the story is the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman turks (Sultan Mehmed II) in 1453 (see lower middle part). It obviously was a traumatic event to the Orthodox world, despite the fact that Muslim Mehmed II claimed the title "Emperor of the Roman Empire and Protector of the Eastern Orthodox Church" (see Wikipedia). The use of the Silk Road came to an end. Romania too was under Ottoman rule. For centuries nobody thought to touch the churches nor were mosques or synagogues touched. A mutual respect of the different religious beliefs lasts until today in many parts of the Balkans. The only damage that you can see are foreign tourist graffiti---from the 19th century.
This is my first slide scanned with my own Dimage Scan Dual-II scanner. The resulting pic was saturated by 12%, the contrast increased by 30%.

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