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Castle of Çesme

By nonur  
Çesme [ˈtʃeʃme] is a coastal town and the administrative centre of the district of the same name in Turkey's westernmost end, on a promontory on the tip of the peninsula which also carries the same name and which extends inland to form a whole with the wider Karaburun Peninsula. It is a popular holiday resort and the district center, where two thirds of the district population is concentrated. Çeşme is located 85 km west of İzmir, the largest metropolitan center in Turkey's Aegean Region. There is a six-lane highway connecting the two cities (Otoyol 32). Çeşme district has two neighboring districts, Karaburun to the north and Urla to the east, both of which are also part of İzmir Province. The name "Çeşme" means "fountain" and possibly draws reference from the many Ottoman fountains scattered across the city.

The town itself dominated by Çeşme Castle. While the castle is recorded to have been considerably extended and strengthened during the reign of Ottoman sultan Bayezid II, sources differ as to their citation of the original builders, whether the Genoese or the Turks at an earlier time. A statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, one of the naval commanders of the Battle of Chesma is in front of the castle and the Pasha is depicted caressing his famous pet lion and facing the town square. The battle itself, although ended in Ottoman defeat, had seen Hasan Pasha pulling out honorably after having sunk the Russian flagship Sv. Evstafii, together with his own ship, after which he had to follow the main battle from the coast before joining the capital by way of land, where he rapidly rose to become a distinguished grand vizier.

Thank you all folks for the kind appreciation of my last shot!

Tags: Architecture Turkey Black and white Izmir Saturday shadow

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Great photo and lots of info.Smile

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28 Dec 2013 8:46AM
A striking image, Nezih!
Again, excellent use of mono.

woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 8:49AM
A very striking composition from a well-chosen viewpoint. Such an enormous range of textures!
28 Dec 2013 8:53AM
Interesting narrative and composition, Nezih.

richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
28 Dec 2013 9:08AM
Nice composition Nezih with an abundance of good information!! Thanks for sharing it!!
Wonderful mono Nezih...great textures and light... superb image Grin

Lynette Grin
Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
28 Dec 2013 10:37AM
Super information given with this really lovely image Nezih !! I like the trouble they went trough to build those small arches on the outside. really a lovely place this !
28 Dec 2013 10:55AM
Your macro work is simply astonishing, Nezih. This image has a wonderful range of greyscale, yet looks light and crisp.
I enjoy history and appreciated your narrative, too.

Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 11:07AM
Great narrative to go with your superb picture Nezih. Peter.
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 11:48AM
Stunning buildings of historical interest.
With all those textures this makes a very fine mono.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 12:04PM
Excellent mono image Nezih, great write upSmile

saltireblue Plus
5 5.4k 31 Norway
28 Dec 2013 12:35PM
Textures and tonal range are impressive, Nezih. A very well-controlled exposure.

28 Dec 2013 1:01PM
Excellent mono tones. Superb shot.
mikbee 8 3 8 Scotland
28 Dec 2013 3:25PM
Like your processing here Nezih.
Super shot.
gss 2 1 Romania
28 Dec 2013 3:55PM
I think of all those in the EPZ, I understand that means "Çesme" (in Romanian comes from Turkish, cişmea = fountain, and the biggest public garden in Bucharest, is called Cişmigiu, as there are a lot of sources (fountains)).
Very interesting image white / black, the black sky seems from a negative film, but the whole look tremendous

(I'm glad I'm not the only one in the EPZ, who writes much in descriptions...)

Best regards
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 5:49PM
Great shot and very interesting narrative Nezih
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 6:36PM
Nice piece of mono work Nezih.
Happy New Year.
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 7:06PM
I love that dark sky showing the minaret at its best.
netta1234 Plus
3 291 2 Wales
28 Dec 2013 7:40PM
A great textured mono image Smile
senn Plus
4 4 1 Belgium
28 Dec 2013 9:01PM
delightful mono here Nezih
jacquig 2 3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 10:06PM
A lovely range of tones in this excellent mono, Nezih, and a strong composition. Thank you for a very interesting introduction too. Smile
29 Dec 2013 9:09PM
Excelente captura. Gracias por todos sus comentarios que tenga un Feliz años.
dark_lord Plus
11 1.7k 261 England
31 Dec 2013 7:26PM
Excellent mono with those textures standing out. I really like that dark sky Smile

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