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The Venetian fort

The Venetian fort

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alexander stefanatos

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The Venetian fort

island Creta
In the island of Creta. the capital city Heraklion has accepted influenses of seven civilizations. First, from the Minoan era 2800 BC, Roman era 2nd century BC, than from the Arab(Mauritanian) occupation 8th century AC, Byzantine empire period 6th, 7th,9th-10th century AC, Venetian occupation 13th to 17th century AC, Ottoman occupation 17th to 19th AC, Modern Greek from 1912 onwards....Ancient ruins,fortifications, walls, castles, harbours, churches with precious frescoes and mosaics all of them left behind to remind that, even ferocious conquerors if they are enough civilized to respect human life and art, can leave behind also traces of humanism, morality and culture..
One of the most prominent features of these civilizations is the Venetian fortress that dominates the entrance of the Venetian port of Heraklion seen in the picture.

Comments 6

  • s. sabine krause 12/10/2014 10:21

    wow, a place laden with history and being shaped by so many different cultures and people. judging from your caption, they all stayed for centuries, making themselves at home and growing to love the place… the venetians, for example, lagoon people ; ), i bet they fell in love with the power of the foamy whitecaps rolling resolutely ashore and the overall "air of freedom" surrounding the coast… beautifully captured with the substantial fort sandwiched between the capricious waves in the mercurial clouds!! and i love the intense light! greetings, sabine.
  • Sue Thompson 11/10/2014 10:33

    I love the strebgth, contrast and light in this scene, it is superb.

  • Harold Thompson 11/10/2014 9:32

    Good contrast and composition of the coastal scene
    :-)) Harold
  • ernesto haddad 11/10/2014 2:18

    muy dramática Alexander ! saludos
  • Adele D. Oliver 11/10/2014 0:36

    so much history here, and such a great mixture of the old fort, new industry and Nature's crashing waves on the shore .... I like the light and fine range of black and white tones !!!
    greetings, Adele
  • adriana lissandrini 11/10/2014 0:03

    un bel paesaggio, magnifici luce e contrasti, nitidezza e b/n magistrali, complimenti Alexander!
    ciao Adriana


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Camera NIKON D800
Lens Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) (A061) or Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR LD Aspherical (IF) (185D)
Aperture 22
Exposure time 1/20
Focus length 50.0 mm
ISO 100

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