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Methoni Castle by Kevrekidis Methoni Castle by Kevrekidis
Μεθώνη, Μεσσηνία.

Methoni, Messenia – Greece.

Methoni has been identified as the city Pedasus, that Homer mentions under the name "ampeloessa" (of vine leaves). It was offered by Agamemnon to Achilles in order to subdue his rage during the Trojan War. Along with the rest of Messenia, the town gained its independence from the Spartans in 369 BC. During the 4th century BC, Methoni was elaborately fortified and continued to remain autonomous well into the Imperial Roman era, when it enjoyed the favor of some emperors. During the Byzantine years it continued to remain a remarkable harbor and one of the most important cities of Greece.

The castle of Methoni was build by the Venetians in 1209 AD on a rock extending into the sea, separated from the mainland by an artificial moat. It has an area of 93 acres. The castle walls are reinforced with towers at intervals. South of the castle, built on a small rocky island there’s a fortified tower named Bourtzi. It’s connected to the main fortress with an arch bridge. On the east side of the castle there’s a small jetty that is part of the small port of Methoni. The walls, towers, bastions, northwestern artillery platform and the various gates of the castle have been dated thanks to the identification of the Venetian coat of arms that are still in their respective places.

The Venetians fortified Methoni, which developed into an important trade center with great prosperity. Methoni became the important middle station between Europe and the Holy Lands, where every traveller stopped on their way to the East. A pilgrim who went by in 1484 admired its strong walls, the deep moats and the fortified towers.

The Ottoman Turks wanted to conquer Methoni. In the 1490s, Sultan Bayezid II gathered his forces against Methoni. Bayezid, despite the hard siege, would not have been able to capture it if the inhabitants, thrilled by the arrival of reinforcements, hadn't deserted the walls, a fact that the janissaries took advantage of, invading the fortress from the governor's palace. On the August 9, 1500, Methoni fell, after having been in the hands of the Venetians for about 300 years. The city was given to the flames, the Catholic bishop was killed while talking to the people, the men were decapitated, the women and children were sold to slavery. The walls were repaired and the period of the Turkish rule began.

In February 1825, during the Greek Revolution, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt landed at Methoni and settled in the commander's residence, over the entrance of the castle. In 1829, the French general Maison, freed the town together with others in the Peloponnese.

[ Fujifilm FinePix HS10 ]

© 2013 Jordan Kevrekidis
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool looking castle! I'd love to visit that one, with the walkway over the water! 
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Greece is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime! 
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bobswin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Amazing picture! You must have used a very wide angle lens (or stitched several smaller pictures together). Very powerful composition. :dance:
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Bob! Yes, these are 3 shots in one!
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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kokoban Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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D4everbecca Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
This is a masterpiece that you should have hanging somewhere:)  The perspective with the brick pathway is really beautiful
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Becca!
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwonderful-world: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Wonderful Wednesdays feature wonderful-world.deviantart.com…
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Wendy!!!
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crh Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beatiful one! great panorama!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Chris! 
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Nameda Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Methoni :D have been there too several years ago
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful place! ;)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
it is indeed :D as is Pylos
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Chris-3000 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ωραία Φώτο !
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ!
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FanArtistik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice view, good job with the capture. :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!!
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FanArtistik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Welcome. :)
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Brokenkittywings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful!!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!!
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Brokenkittywings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Cromosoma123 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Photographer
Spectacular scene. I love the composition and the color.
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!!
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calimer00 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
What a stunning shot, amazing scene!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!! :)
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Siddhartha612 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Wonderful place!
You haven't internat pics of this monument?
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! What do you mean?
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Siddhartha612 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
You haven't internal pics of that structure?
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I do! I might post them later... ;)
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zomervlinder Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow i would love to see that place for real!! Amazing and pritty photo
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Mieke!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really beautiful
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
;) Thank you David!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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chibiharuka Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   General Artist
what an interesting location & description :butterfly:
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!!!
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Cromosoma123 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Photographer
Preciosa imagen. La composición es muy buena. El formato de la foto me gusta. Saludos.
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Muchas gracias! ;)
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annalopatina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
do you use photoshop or something to add your watermark or can you do that on this website?
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, you may use many programs to do that! It's very easy!
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Imka1982 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
L*O*V*E it:D:D:D
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Agnieszka!
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Ellysiumn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hallo!
You've been featured here :iconamazing-arches: [link] :heart:

Raz
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Raziel!
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Ellysiumn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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