Places

by Steven Sklifas

Sample selection of my images of places captured on my travels around the World

Methoni. Peloponnese. Greece. View of the fairly-tale like octagonal Venetian Bourtzi tower situated on a little islet and joined by a causeway to the 13th century Venetian fortress.
Colourful fishing boats in the harbour with the elegant 19th century Neo Classical Vogiatsis Mansion in the background. Aegina, Greece.
Megalohori is a delightful sleepy traditional village and hidden gem on the hugely popular Greek island of Santorini.
Pienza. Tuscany. Italy. Panoramic of the charming Renaissance and medieval hilltop town of Pienza in southern Tuscany. Set amid rolling dreamy and romantic Tuscan landscapes of the Val d’orcia, the pedestrian only town was transformed by Pope Pius II in the 15th century into a model for Renaissance town planning. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Villa d’Este. Tivoli. Italy. View through spurting water from the fountain of Neptune of the magnificent landscaped and lush level gardens and fishponds at the Villa d Este in Tivoli. Villa d’Este, renowned for its spectacular use of water, represents the quintessence of the Italian garden of the High Renaissance. It is a designated UNESCO world heritage site.
Civita di Bagnoregio. Lazio. Italy. This image was captured at the awe-inspiring hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio in the province of Viterbo within the region of Lazio, central Italy.
Syntagma square. Athens. Greece. View of Greek Evzones arriving to perform the very slow and highly stylized ceremonial changing of the guard at the monument to the Unknown Soldier in Athens.
Red hibiscus flower with a backdrop of a blue door and whitewashed buildings. Megalochori, Santorini, Greece.
Caserta. Campania. Italy. View from behind the fountain of Venus and Adonis along the promenade that extends for 3 kilometres across the park in a straight line to the Royal Palace. Designed so as to rival to rival and even overshadow Versailles, the avenue is lined by narrow lawns and punctuated by cascades, ponds, groups of statues and fountains with mythological themes.
Acropolis. Athens. Greece. View of the famous Caryatid porch on the south side of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis summit. The porch or balcony has six sculptured graceful figures of maidens supporting the entablature.
Caserta. Campania. Italy. View of the impressive fountain of Diana and Actaeon in which the great cascade, a waterfall some 75 metres high plunges. The sculpture group in picture is of the goddess Diana, the patron of chastity who is bathing and is surrounded by nymphs.
Petra. Jordan. View of the majestic and breathless Hellenistic elegant facade of the world famous Treasury building at the Red Rose city of Petra. The Treasury dates to around the 1st century BC and is believed to be commissioned by the Nabatean king Aretas III.
Rome. Italy. View at dusk of masses of tourists at the 17th century Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna). At the top of the elegant staircase is the 16th century Church of Trinita dei Monti with its twin bell towers and the small scale copy of the Pharaoh Rameses II obelisk found in Piazza del Popolo. In the piazza at the bottom of the Spanish Steps is the 17th century Fountain of the Old Boat (Fontana della Barcaccia) designed by either Gian Lorenzo Bernini or his father Pietro.
View of the curved north end of the monumental mystical Canopus. Villa Adriana. Tivoli. Italy. The Canopus is a reflecting pool 228 metres long and lined and surrounded by columns and statues.
Moni Arkadiou. Crete. Greece. View of colourful pot plants lined up against a rustic stone wall inside the beautiful and impressive Monastery of Arkadiou. The Orthodox Monastery of Arkadiou was originally founded in the 11 century and is set on a plateau in the Ida Mountains 23 kilometres southeast of Rethymno.
Santorini. Cyclades. Greece. View of the picture postcard village of Oia which is a romantic mix of blue domed churches and whitewashed and pastel colour dwellings clinging to the northern end of the caldera rim. Located at the southern limits of the Cyclades, Santorini is the Mediterranean’s and one of world’s most spectacular islands.
Damascus. Syria. Saffron and other spices for sale in the Souq al-Bzouriyya or spice market inside the Old City of Damascus. Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
Argentina - Buenos Aires - La Boca - Caminito Street
Samos. Greece. Bell tower with cross from the blue white washed Greek Orthodox Church at the Northern seaside town of Avlakia. In the background are the dazzling blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Cappadocia. Turkey. View of mushroom shaped fairly chimneys with multiple stems and caps, some housing chapels in Pasbag or Monks valley. Monks Valley is famous for having some of Cappadocia’s finest mushroom shaped fairly chimneys in which Monks hollowed out and lived in.
Delphi. Greece. View of the circular elegant Tholos with its three restored columns at the Sanctuary of Athena at Delphi. Dating from 390-380 BC, the round temple originally had twenty slim and graceful pentelic marble columns in Doric order on the outside.
Rome. Lazio. Italy. View through the arched doorway entrance of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain. The entrance was built by Francesco Borromini, and past the entrance one can see a charming garden and fountain in the embassy’s pretty courtyard.
Turkey. Kusadasi. Hand of peace sculpture with doves is silhouetted against the Aegean sunset on the waterfront promenade. Kusadasi is a coastal resort town in the Aydin province of Aegean west coast Turkey.
View of the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) which is Rome’s largest and most famous fountain. Rome. Italy.
Naxos. Cyclades. Greece. Cycladic Aegean architecture, with the stunning backdrop of the blue sky and waters of the Mediterranean sea. This was taken near the pretty northern coastal village of Apollonas. A major member of the ancient Cycladic civilisation, the island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades archipelago and is situated in the heart of the Aegean.
Naxos. Cyclades. Greece. Portrait of an old white bearded man at the marble mountain village of Apirathos. One of islands oldest settlements and entirely built of marble,
Medieval Tower and lake. Garden of Ninfa. Lazio. Italy. The beautiful and romantic Garden of Ninfa is located in the territory of Cisterna di Latina within the central Italian region of Lazio, Italy.
Mykonos.Greece. View of a sleeping brown and black dog sitting in front of the green doors and entrance to a hotel.
Rome. Italy. People biking through the leafy lanes within the Villa Borghese Gardens which is the largest public park in Rome. The park which is in the heart of Rome is one of Europe’s most elegant parks and features a lake, temples, fountains, statues, small zoo and several museums. It’s a pleasure to walk or bike through its leafy lanes and watch Romans and tourists at play or relaxing and escape the hectic streets of Rome.
Palmyra. Syria. An Arch opening in the south portico of the Great Colonnade street gives access to a road that runs around the hemicycle of the theatre. Constructed in the 2nd century AD, the whole Great Colonnade street cuts through the ancient city from east to west and is more than one kilometre in length. Half-way up each column are brackets that held projecting statues over the roadway.
Aleppo. Syria. An ornate lantern hangs at the arched inner entrance to the centre of the Citadel with the minaret of the Great mosque visible in the background. Situated on a 55 meters high mound that has had different forms of defences for at least two thousand years, the impressive Citadel dominates the centre of Aleppo and is the city’s most spectacular sight.
idi Bou Said. Tunisia. View of typical quite peaceful cobbled alleyway lined with whitewashed walls and blue doors and blue window grills in the cliff top village of Sidi Bou Said.
Rome. Vatican. Italy. Early morning view of Saint Peters Square (Piazza San Pietro) and the shadow granite obelisk from the lantern atop Michelangelo's famous dome of Saint Peters Basilica. In the foreground are some of the 13 statues in travertine that represent Christ the Redeemer, St. John the Baptist and 11 Apostles. In the middle of Saint Peters Square is the granite obelisk which dates from the 13th century BC and was originally erected in Heliopolis, Egypt.
Luxor. Egypt. Theatrical porticoed courtyard with Osiris columns in the Temple of Ramses III at the Temple of Amun in Karnak.
Rome. Italy. View of Saint Peters Basilica from Via della Conciliazione.
Italy. Basilicate. Craco. Picturesque view of the medieval hilltop ghost town of Craco which is dominated by its magnificent Norman period tower. Scenically rising above its mesmerizing landscape, the town overlooks the Cavone river valley in the region of Basilicate in southern Italy. Founded around 500 AD, the town which is in a seismic active area was completely abandoned by its population in 1991 when a succession of landslides threatened to ruin the town and its people.
The awe inspiring Iguazu Falls - one of the seven wonders of the natural world roar forcefully. Brazil.
Black cat is surrounded by colourful plants and flowers. Medieval town of Mesta. Chios. Greece. The pentagon shape and fortifications of the town has its roots back to the 14th century when the city was ruled by the Genoese.
Tripoli. Libya. View of a highly colourful and decorative entrance to a side room of Ahmed Pash Karamanli Mosque which is the largest Mosque in the Medina. Dating from the 1730’s, the Mosque is richly decorated and amid it forest of marble columns has beautifully crafted floral, geometrical patterns and Moorish designs on its doors, walls and ceilings.
Mykonos. Cyclades. Grecce. Charming view along a narrow whitewashed cobbled lane in Chora. Chora, capital of the Greek island of Mykonos offers countless echoes of traditional Cycladic Greece and is a dazzling labyrinthine of twisting narrow whitewashed cobbled streets bursting with bougainvillea, cubist white houses and vaulted passageways.

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