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Following on from yesterday's excursion I thought you might like a quick tour around Kos and the Fortress in this series of images. As you will see, there are some spectacular views from the battlements, but there were no guard rails and sheer drops so it is not a place for the faint-hearted! Some information below for those who are interested: (thanks again for all your wonderful comments)


The town of Kos was founded in 366 BC, in the same area where modern Kos nowadays is to be found. It climaxed during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, being a crossroad between civilisations, between East and West, the meeting point for both culture and trade. Its public market was of great fame during the antiquity and still is thriving in our days.

When entering the harbour of Kos town the imposing medieval Castle of Neratzia (the Fortress of the Knights of St. John) is bound to draw your attention. The fortress stands on the peninsula, enclosing the eastern side of the port, a strategic location for the efficient defence of the town. With its imposing sizes, the fortress is one of the finest examples of the architecture of the Knights of Saint John. It is worth noting that traces of Mycenaean settlement have been located in the area of the fortress.
The building of the fortress began in 1436 and was completed in 1514. The prolonged construction period of the fortress is evidenced by numerous blazons carved on its walls. The building material used in its construction came from older edifices, including the ancient city walls, the temple of Asclepius, etc.
This castle is connected to the mainland by a bridge that crosses the Palm Tree Avenue, the same one that connects the Castle to the Platanos, the large plane tree under which Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used to teach.

All around Kos town you can find signs of the past, reminders of the civilisations that passed through its harbour. Numerous buildings, built in imitation of the Italian architecture of the colonies in N. Africa, most typical being the Country Hall.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX20 IS
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Date Taken:2 Jun 2012 - 8:07 AM
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Title:Window to Kos
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Uploaded:13 Jun 2012 - 7:09 PM
Tags:Castle, Fortress, Greece, Island, Kos, Photo journalism, Scenery, Views
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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
13 Jun 2012 - 7:11 PM

Again an excellent narration followed up with a lovely composed image.

Len

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 7:17 PM

v6 for me today - lovely composition SmileSmile
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7137 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 7:25 PM

A good set, Carol, and interesting to compare Kos with Crete Smile Carol

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 7:31 PM

Another fantastic and great set of images,Carol,well done,
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 7:33 PM

fantastic set of captures carol brilliant detail and light wonderful colours v5 for me today love the comp and light a cracker nice one Wink
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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 7:47 PM

Another wonderful set Carol, it really has changed, although still warm..
and no litter! and loved the food there..thanks for these wonderful memories
Lillian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 8:06 PM

A concise description to accompany a good reportage set of images, Carol. They work well as a set and I do like your composition on v7 particularly.

Dave

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 9:37 PM

Clear blue skies, lovely colours, beautiful scenery, a great set.
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 10:19 PM

1, 6 & 7 for me because I love 'view through' shots.

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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
13 Jun 2012 - 10:54 PM

Another great set of images Carol. Well done
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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 10:56 PM

All interesting images Carol but V6 gets the vote tonight - good pov.
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 11:58 PM

You have coped with the harsh sunlight and whitish skies very well in this fine set, Carol: love V 2 with all these Maltesers lining the sidewalks.
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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2012 - 12:03 AM

v3 and 5 for me ,good informative shots.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2012 - 12:48 AM

V2 & 7 for me. I'm just back from Santorini
and looking at my images on computer they do look so bright!
Difficult to expose properly.
Hope you enjoyed your trip as much as I did.
Good to compare different parts of Greece now trhat I've had nmy first visit!
KateGrin

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2012 - 1:01 AM

Your narrative is all well and good Carol,but it beggars belief you did not mention the Kos lettuce.We Scots owe a great debt of gratitude to the Kos lettuce.
The Kos lettuce is paramount to the success of a Caesar salad consisting of grilled chicken,bacon,eggs and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.Some will say croutons should be added but as we hate these crunchy things we will forget all about them.It is all about careful preparation but as we have no patience we just put our bacon and eggs in a frying pan and have a fry up instead.Off course lettuce and cheese with a fry up is a no no so we just forget about that too,and have fried bread instead.So you see,the good old hearty Scottish breakfast all came about from the fine lettuces from Kos,even though there is only a handful of Scots who have actually tasted them,and that will only be when they go to Kos for a holiday !!
Mick.

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Brilane
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14 Jun 2012 - 3:40 AM

Good commentary and excellent pictures, pleased that you enjoyed your trip.
D

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2012 - 1:25 PM

Looks delightful.
Interesting ancient history too, thank you.
Love V1 with the garland to look through.

B.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2012 - 3:25 PM

Gorgeous light, colour and images, Carol.

I really love Vs 1 and 6 for their natural framing Smile

Andrew

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18 Jun 2012 - 10:27 PM

A beautiful set of Meditteranean scenes Carol, you've really spoiled us with this fine selection. Oh to be there cycling or sailing

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