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mini monastery

By CarolG  
Itís strange how we are inclined to ignore what is on our doorstep, and travel further afield with our cameras to take photos. This small, but very beautiful, 16th century monastery lies in the hamlet of Gallos, some 2 kms from my home and in between my village and the town of Rethymnon, overlooking the coastline towards Georgioupolis. I have passed it so many times, but each time the main gates appeared to be locked. However, I hit lucky this time and saw a couple of people inside the gates, and asked if they would mind if I took a look around. One of the guys spoke very good English, he told me I was welcome to browse, and that the monastery was now in the process of being renovated inside, presumably to attract the tourists next year. I hope you enjoy the selection of images taken in this idyllic spot barely a stoneís throw from my home.

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 6:05AM
A wonderful set of images Carol giving one a delightful insight into this most beautiful Monastery "Thank you"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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ColleenA Plus
5 336 5 Australia
9 Dec 2013 6:20AM
What a beautiful monastery the last Version, does that say 16 th century...the Cat image is amazing...deserve their own upload. What a delightful place to visit, loved V7 of the courtyard as well..great set
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
9 Dec 2013 6:25AM

Quote:What a beautiful monastery the last Version, does that say 16 th century...the Cat image is amazing...deserve their own upload. What a delightful place to visit, loved V7 of the courtyard as well..great set

Yes, the monastery was built in the 16th Century.
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
9 Dec 2013 6:28AM
A lovely series of shots Carol and what an idyllic spot.

Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 6:29AM
Superb insight into this lovely old monastery. V3 and V7 are great showing the beautiful bougainvillea. The cats are fab too. Lovely set. Smile

A lovely little monastery and beautiful images of it!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin But V5and6 for me because of the cats! I love all kind of cats very much!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Well done , Carol! --- Jukka.Smile
dven Plus
12 25 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 6:59AM
A beautiful set it reminds me of past holidays I used to have in the Greek Islands

9 Dec 2013 7:00AM
Beautiful set of images Carol, excellent detail in all,
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 7:03AM
A delightful series giving us an all round view of this lovely location and it's feline residents. You are right though, the only time that we take notice of the things in our immediate vicinity is when we have visitors, and as that hardly ever happens, we cheerfully ignore the opportunities on our own doorstep.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 7:23AM
11 delightful images and what a pretty place, must be a haven for insect's etc. An enjoyable collection. SmileSmile
9 Dec 2013 7:27AM
Cant believe you have lived there all those years and havent gone in before.
A real find!!
9 Dec 2013 7:38AM
Great minds, as you say, Carol.

Excellent pictures.
Will pop in and see it next time I get to Crete.
termite53 4 8 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 7:51AM
What a lovely set of images, Carol, you are so lucky having places like this on your doorstep, I love the courtyard images and the cats
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
9 Dec 2013 7:52AM
Wonderful set of images Carol but the cats are my choice just because I love them, fantastic animals.


Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Dec 2013 7:53AM
What a special 'discovery ' that was hidden in plain sight Carol Smile A super and informative set
Great shots, and so nice to see somewhere different. I agree that the cats and the courtyard images are the star shots and should be given their own postings! Would love to see more shots of where you live.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
9 Dec 2013 8:45AM
What a little gem Carol. This is simply a beautiful little place, and a load of beautiful shots displaying it to us. Do like the cats though Wink. Moira
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
9 Dec 2013 9:57AM
So often I too have ignored possibilities nearer to home but of recent, being unable to travel so far, I have come to appreciate such: this is an excellent set documenting this wee monastery and it's surroundings.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 141 15 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 10:22AM
What a lovely and peacefull looking place Carol, a super set of images, great looking cats, great write upSmile

ali63 Plus
5 771 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 10:41AM
Great images we often don't see things of beauty that are right under our nose SadSadSad

9 Dec 2013 10:43AM
Beautiful find Carol. What a lovely place.

TonyDy Plus
8 7 3 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 11:28AM
Great set, Carol - we must have a look at this when we come next October.
9 Dec 2013 12:01PM
A great variety of superb images, Carol. It's amazing how beautiful are most of those little monasteries. Thank you for sharing with us!
CaroleS Plus
7 430 3 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 12:03PM
What a find, a little gem of a place, such peace and beauty.
9 Dec 2013 1:26PM
As if I am over there, looking all around.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
9 Dec 2013 1:38PM

Quote:Itís strange how we are inclined to ignore what is on our doorstep...

That is so true, Carol. Even something as simple as daily-blooming flowers in the garden are often overlooked as photo ops (me speaking from personal experience).

I'm so glad you grabbed the opportunity and asked the people if you could go in. Nice one Smile

Wonderful shots you got of this beautiful place. I especially like Vs 5, 6 and 9.

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 2:28PM
Peace perfect Peace, wonderful images Carol.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
9 Dec 2013 2:52PM
A different set from you Carol,
and a splendid one it is too !!
9 Dec 2013 3:28PM
You are so right, there are many places near where I live, which I have yet to visit...
... but now I would love to visit your part of the world..!
Beautiful set of images, V1 is very striking, I can see why you led with that one.
Thanks for sharing.

Great set of this interesting monastery. Love the catsGrin
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
9 Dec 2013 3:35PM
What a fabulous and eclectic collection of images Carol, I'm glad you've decided to broaden your horizons and take some shots of the local architecture and landscapes. This should keep you busy in the winter months when there are very few bugs around!Smile
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
9 Dec 2013 4:53PM
Beautiful series Carol. These old Greek buildings do have a charm all of their own. Reminds me so much of my days on Cyprus.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 10 England
9 Dec 2013 4:55PM
What a very beautiful place Smile A delightful set, Carol, and you're right about ignoring things on our doorsteps - it wasn't until I got seriously into photography I visited the ruins of our local castle, about 20 minutes walk away, after living in the area for about 10 years! Love the purrfectly posed pussycat in pic 5 too! SmileSmile
Trev Smile
richmowil Plus
8 321 2 England
9 Dec 2013 5:21PM

Quote:So often I too have ignored possibilities nearer to home but of recent, being unable to travel so far, I have come to appreciate such: this is an excellent set documenting this wee monastery and it's surroundings.

I couldn't have put it better , if i'd tried!! Great set of fine images Carol!!
danbrann 12 636 17
9 Dec 2013 5:23PM
So different for you Carol but you have done so well with it.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 5:46PM
Beautiful setSmile

Interesting visit. V2 makes me want to go there!
9 Dec 2013 6:21PM
Charming looking place well illustrated through your photos, Carol.

evelen 12 5 England
9 Dec 2013 6:22PM
beautiful place Carol, great set of shots lovely to see them reminds me of a place we went to .
8 10 10 England
9 Dec 2013 7:10PM
What a lovely place and you have captured some excellent images Carol.
9 Dec 2013 7:27PM
Amazing photographs of this unique Cretan architecture chapel of 16th century, Carol ! Crete is a wonderful island and surely there are many beauties and sights to be photographed there! This series was a beautiful surprise today! Thank you for sharing, Carol!
pamelajean Plus
11 992 1922 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 10:04PM
What a quaint monastery, so small and so beautiful. V8 is the one for me.
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
10 Dec 2013 1:35AM
A very idyllic spot - an interesting visit through your camera's lens.

Love the quaintness of v3, and a great big AWWW to v4. I remember when we visited Crete all the cats that roamed the area there.

I wonder how you missed this serene location all these years. Cute cats, Carol.Excellent set of images. - Raja.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Dec 2013 10:20AM
7 would be worth a poster and of course I love v5. they look very saintly Smile
JuBarney Plus
6 25 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2013 2:22PM
A splendid set of this beautiful place
12 Dec 2013 11:02AM
lovely images transporting me back to the island! Wink just 4 full months to go !
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
13 Dec 2013 10:37PM
Great set Carol,the cat one is smashing.


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