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Alahan Monastery

By nonur  
A converted version of a shot ( Link )from the archives.

The Christian monastery at Alahan is located in the mountains of Isauria in Southern Asia Minor near Mut on the road between Karaman and Silifke. Altitude: 1250 m. with a splendid view over the valley of Göksu River. Constructed at the second half of the fifth century but already abandoned in the seventh century. Its remains include two churches, one (The East Church) is extremely well preserved, a baptistery, a colonnaded runway running the full length of the site, and a couple of subsidiary buildings, plus some old caves and graves. The complex may be funded by Emperor Zeno (474-491), who was from the region. The buildings stretches along the side of the mountain and covers an area of 30x200 meters. It is quite possible that the monastery official, and monks lived in the houses surrounding the complex. The monastery stands as the finest achievement of native Isaurian stonemasons and sculptors. Alahan is a key site in the history of early Byzantine architecture, half a century before the great achievements of Anicia Juliana and Justinian in Constantinople. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on February 25, 2000 in the Cultural category. In 2012, Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Mersin Governorship started restoration work on the site because of its history and heritage.(Taken from Vikipedia)

Thank you all for the votes and kind comments on my previous upload!

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Turkey Black and white Alahan Alahan Monastery

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boov 5 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 9:25PM
Great B/W shot

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Kurt42 15 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 9:34PM
Super image and interesting commentary. Grin
10 Apr 2013 9:38PM
Nice conversion Nezih, great texture and detail.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 9:49PM
Some wonderful architecture in this old Monastery.
The textures and tones are lovely - a nice warmth in the tones.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
10 Apr 2013 10:00PM
Excellent info and well illustrated using the wall and arch for framing from a high perspective. The tectures stand out in this mono conversion.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 10:03PM
Delving down into the past.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
10 Apr 2013 10:08PM
Like the composition! Super image!!
10 Apr 2013 10:22PM
An impressive image, Nezih, from an excellent POV.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 Apr 2013 10:23PM
You chose a wonderful vantage point for this image-- I like you choice for processing as well!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
10 Apr 2013 10:47PM
Looks a wonderful place to explore ...nice conversion Smile Smile
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
10 Apr 2013 11:03PM
Great POV and fab B/W conversion stunning detail

HELANA 8 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 11:19PM
Lots of tectures and charpness Nezih, lovely mono very well capture.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 12:41AM
Fantastic shot, great pov and composition, superb textures and tones

Great tones to this photo.
11 Apr 2013 3:29AM
Una captura espectacular. Con la fuerza del blanco y negro.
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
11 Apr 2013 4:00AM
johnke 5 223 15
11 Apr 2013 4:28AM
Fantastic processing Nazith, love the POV too. Thanks for the narrative...John
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 5:09AM
Excellent back ground info on this amazing place Nezih !! Excellent photo !!
derrymaine 5 17 Greece
11 Apr 2013 6:14AM
this shot is awesome. the texture, the tones, the contrast, the angle and perspective, wow. wish I had more votes
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
11 Apr 2013 6:45AM
A stunning image, great in and textured
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 7:26AM
Shows a lot of detail in B & W well done.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 7:56AM
A fine image and very interesting write up Nezih. The conversion is a definite improvement in my opinion
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:02AM
wonderful detail and textures Nazith love the pov and write up a belter nice one Wink
platzy 5 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:29AM
The mono processing fits the image perfectly, great work Nezih.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:37AM
Excellent treatment of a very good composition, Nezih.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
11 Apr 2013 9:19AM
Great tones, detail and textures in this well balanced composition.

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 10:14AM
An excellent composition - Helen SmileSmile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
11 Apr 2013 10:28AM
Well composed
Velja 5 1 3 Slovenia
11 Apr 2013 10:35AM
excellent PP, much better variant of color, IMO!GrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 11:44AM
I do like the comp and the processing
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 2:53PM
Great shot and historical narrative, Nezih.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 5:49PM
Beautifully captured ruin (supported by an excellent narrative), great vantage point, comp and wonderful textures, Nezih.

kmeric 7 Turkey
11 Apr 2013 9:33PM
Fascinating capture, as always..!

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