• Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Torretta Pepoli, picturesque castle, Erice, Sicily , colour photo.
  • Bay Hotel & fishermans houses of the historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Sea front houses and shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Bay Hotel Pub, village & beach of historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Sea front houses and shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Sea front houses and fushing baist on the shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Rock pools on the beach of the historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Bay Hotel & fishermans houses of the historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Harbour  of historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Sea front houses, lifeboat look out tower  and shingle beach of Aldeburgh - Suffolk - England
  • Harbour  of historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Sea front houses, lifeboat look out tower  and shingle beach of Aldeburgh - Suffolk - England
  • Sea front houses and Elizabethan Moat House Aldeburgh - Suffolk - England
  • Sea front houses and fushing baist on the shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Harbour  of historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Beach & slipway of historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Sea front houses and fushing baist on the shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Sea front houses and shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Traditional seaside colorful beach huts on the beachof Southwold, Suffolk, England
  • Sea front houses and fushing baist on the shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Sea front houses and shingle beach of Aldeburgh , Suffolk, England
  • Edwardian house on the seafront overlooking the beach oc Southwold, Suffolk, England
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Statue head of from left, Apollo, Herekles & Eagle in front of the 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, west Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue head of  Antiochus, the 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, west Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tiled  lamp column of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Tiled stair balistrades of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Badajoz alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • St Mawes Castel defensive Tudor coastal fortresses (1540) built  for King Henry VIII, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • St Mawes Castel defensive Tudor coastal fortresses (1540) built  for King Henry VIII, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • St Mawes Castel defensive Tudor coastal fortresses (1540) built  for King Henry VIII, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunset, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yesilırmak k, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Statue head of Herekles in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue heads, from right, Herekles & Apollo  in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue head of Commagene in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue head of from left, Zeus, Commagene, Apollo, Herekles & Eagle in front of the 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, west Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tiled stair balistrades of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Albacette Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Albacette Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Avilla alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Badajoz alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The North Tower of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • St Mawes Castel defensive Tudor coastal fortresses (1540) built  for King Henry VIII, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • Pendennis Castle one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, built between 1539 - 1545 Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunrise, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yesilırmak , below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yesilırmak , below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunrise, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunrise, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunrise, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel at sunrise, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yesilırmak , below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Statue heads at sunrise, from right, Eagle, Herekles, Apollo, Zeus, Commagene, Antiochus, & Eagle, 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue head at sunset of Zeus & Antiocchus behind, in front of the 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, west Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tiled commemoration plague in the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Tiled architectural details of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled 'Province Alcoves' along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Albacette Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Albacette Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Alicante Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Avilla alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Seville tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Seville tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The North Tower of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • Statue head of Zeus in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue heads at sunset, from right,  Lion, Eagle, Herekles & Apollo,  with headless seated statues in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Statue heads at sunset, from left,  Eagle, Antiochus, Commagene, Zeus, Apollo, & Herekles with headless seated statues in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings at sunset on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The tonnara of Scopello (Tonnara di Scopello) Old Tuna processing buildings on the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tiled  lamp column of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Tiled architectural details of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Tiled stair balistrades of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Alicante Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The tiled Alicante Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Avilla alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Badajoz alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Almera tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Seville tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Seville tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • The Seville tiled Alcove along the walls of the Plaza de Espana in Seville built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Seville Spain
  • Ottoman villas of Amasya along the banks of the river Yeşilırmak, below the Pontic Royal rock tombs and mountain top ancient citadel, Turkey
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
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The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Imerovigli, Island of Thira, Santorini, Greece.
  • Sunset over Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
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The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
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The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
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The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church cemetry, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior relief stone carvings of the south door, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt cave city across the the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave interior of the city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Katskhi Pillar Georgian Orthodox church on a 40 m (130 ft) natural limestone rock pillar near Chiatura, Imereti Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Studies have shown that the pillar was an early medieval hermitage occupied from at least the 9th century.
  • Picture & image of the  Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Christian Basilica, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian cemetry of  Ikalto monastery . Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Jvari Monastery, a 6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Jvari church is an early example of a four apse church with four niches domed tetraconch. The Jvari church had a great impact on the further development of Georgian architecture and served as a model for many other churches.<br />
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The Historical Monuments of Jvari Monastery Mtskheta is located in the cultural landscape overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi.
  • Pictures & images of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Samtavro Transfiguration Church and Nunnery of St. Nino in Mtskheta, Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The small domed church of the Samtavro Monastery was originally built in the 4th century. The first Georgian Christian monarchs,  King Mirian and Qween Nana are buried here.
  • Pictures and images of St Giorgi (St George) Church, Samtsevrisi, Georgia (country). A perfect example of a 7th century Byzantine “Tree Cross” church  with a horseshoe apse laid out as in the Greek Cross style.
  • Pictures and images of the chapel in the historic medieval Kintsvisi Monastery Georgian Orthodox Monastery complex, Shida Kartli Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Kintsvisi Monastery is the best preserved example of Georgian architecture of the 12th and 15th centuries, the so called Georgian Golden Age.
  • Pictures and images of St Nicholas Church in the historic medieval Kintsvisi Monastery Georgian Orthodox Monastery complex, Shida Kartli Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Kintsvisi Monastery is the best preserved example of Georgian architecture of the 12th and 15th centuries, the so called Georgian Golden Age.
  • Pictures and images of St Nicholas Church in the historic medieval Kintsvisi Monastery Georgian Orthodox Monastery complex, Shida Kartli Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Kintsvisi Monastery is the best preserved example of Georgian architecture of the 12th and 15th centuries, the so called Georgian Golden Age.
  • Pictures & images of the Byzantine fresco panels on the north wall of the Gelati Georgian Orthodox Church of the Virgin, 1106, depicting scenes from left to right: Prince Bagrat, King George II, Queen Helen, King Bagrat III of Imereti.  The medieval Gelati monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pictures & images of the Byzantine fresco panels in the Gelati Georgian Orthodox Church of the Virgin, 1106, depicting saints.  The medieval Gelati monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pictures & images of Gelati Georgian Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, 13th century.  The medieval Gelati monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pictures & images of Gelati Georgian Orthodox churches of (foreground) St George, 13th century, (behind) Church of the Virgin, 1106. The medieval Gelati monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The medieval Georgian Orthodox St George Church “JGRag” with mount Shkhara (5193m) behind, Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia. At 2,200 m (7217 ft) above sea level in the Caucasus mountains St George Church is one of  the highest in Europe. Mount Shkhara is the highest mountain in the Caucasus range.
  • Statue heads, from left, Eagle & Antiochus with headless seated statues in front of the stone pyramid 62 BC Royal Tomb of King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, east Terrace, Mount Nemrut or Nemrud Dagi summit, near Adıyaman, Turkey
  • Medieval Corfe castle keep  close up  sunrise, built in 1086 by William the Conqueror, Dorset England
  • Medieval Corfe castle keep & battlements at sunrise, built in 1086 by William the Conqueror, Dorset England
  • Medieval Corfe castle Keep cloase up, built in 1086 by William the Conqueror, Dorset England
  • Fishing village and harbour of Riomaggiore at sunrise, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy
  • Renaissance ceiling paintings by Benevento Tisi also known as il Garofalo, of the Ferrara Renaissance school of art, depicting an upward perspective scene, The Treasure Hall, Palazzo Costabili, National Archaeological Museum, Ferrara, Italy
  • door pillaster relief sculptures on the Romanesque Baptistery of Parma, circa 1196, (Battistero di Parma), Italy
  • Sculture of an elephant with a castle on its back a popular Renaissance icon of power recalling Hanibals victories, commissioned by Piaer Francesco Orsini c. 1513-84, The Renaissance Mannerist statues of the Park of Monsters or The Sacred Wood of Bamarzo, Italy
  • Greek Dorik columns at the  ruins of Temple F at Selinunte, Sicily Greek Dorik Temple columns of the ruins of the Temple of Hera, Temple E, Selinunte, Sicily
  • Greek Dorik Temple ruins of Temple F at Selinunte, Sicily Greek Dorik Temple columns of the ruins of the Temple of Hera, Temple E, Selinunte, Sicily
  • Sassolungo Mountain range, 3081m high, from the Sulla Pass between the Val Gardena and Val di Fassa, the Western Dolomites, Southern Tyrol; Trentino, Italy.
  • The Sahara desert sand dunes of Erg Oriental near the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia, Africa
  • The Sahara desert sand dunes of Erg Oriental near the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia, Africa
  • Sassolungo Mountain range, 3081m high, from the Sulla Pass between the Val Gardena and Val di Fassa, the Western Dolomites, Southern Tyrol; Trentino, Italy.
  • Detail of the Arabesque Mudéjar style plaster work of the Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) an Italian Renaissance courtyard (1540-72) , Alcazar of Seville, Seville, Spain
  • The Baths of Dona Maria de Padill, part of the original Almohad garden that is now below the Alcazar, Alcazar of Seville, Spain.
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain
  • Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The fertile oasis of Ouled Chaker, ziz Gorge, Morocco
  • The river Ziz cutting its way through a Gorge in the Atlas Mountains near the Legionaires Tunnel, Morocco
  • Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The 12th century Romanesque Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame of Senanque ( 1148 ) set amongst the flowering lavender fields of Provence near Gordes, France.
  • Photo of the fishing port of Manarola, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy
  • Photo of colorful fishing housesthe fishing port of Vernazza at sunrise, Cinque Terre National Park, Ligurian Riviera, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Bridestone rock formation in Dalby forest. Formed by softer sndstone being eroded faster that the limestone that is above it. North Yorks Moors National Park
  • Whitby harbour. North Yorkshire, England
  • Red & White cafe in Whitby old town.  Whitby, North Yorkshire, England
  • 199 steps overlooking Whitby harbour. North Yorkshire, England
  • Rock pools on the beach of the historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Bay Hotel & fishermans houses of the historic fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Stone Trulo house with beehive shaped conical roof, traditional Turlli houses of Alberobello, Apulia, Italy
  • Stone Trulo house with beehive shaped conical roof, traditional Turlli houses of Alberobello, Apulia, Italy
  • Stone Trulo house with beehive shaped conical roof, traditional Turlli houses of Alberobello, Apulia, Italy
  • Car in the narrow streets of Cefalu [Cefaú] Sicily
  • Streets and canals of Burano island - Venice - Italy The traditional colourful houses of Burano Island, Venice Lagoon, Italy
  • Frost and snow on a beach tree - Near Bojok - Hungary
  • Frost and snow on a beach tree - Near Bojok - Hungary
  • Fallen column drums of Greek Dorik Temple ruins  Selinunte, Sicily photography, pictures, photos, images & fotos. 62 Greek Dorik Temple columns of the ruins of the Temple of Hera, Temple E, Selinunte, Sicily
  • Greek Dorik Temple ruins of Temple F at Selinunte, Sicily photography, pictures, photos, images & fotos. 44 Greek Dorik Temple columns of the ruins of the Temple of Hera, Temple E, Selinunte, Sicily
  • Doric column drums - Greek Dorik Temple ruins of Temple F at Selinunte, Sicily photography, pictures, photos, images & fotos. 30
  • Stone Trulo house with beehive shaped conical roof, traditional Turlli houses of Alberobello, Apulia, Italy
  • Colorful houses, Fondementi Pontinella Destro, Burano Venice Italy The traditional colourful houses of Burano Island, Venice Lagoon, Italy
  • Detail of Baptistry Door  - Piazza Del Duomo - Parma Italy.
  • Robin Hoods Bay , North Yorkshire Moors National Park, England.
  • Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The 12th century medieval Norman ruins of Goodrich Castle fortifications, Goodrich, Herefordshire, England
  • The 12th century medieval Norman ruins of Goodrich Castle fortifications, Goodrich, Herefordshire, England
  • The 12th century medieval Norman ruins of Goodrich Castle fortifications, Goodrich, Herefordshire, England
  • The Anglo Saxon Romanesque Lindisfarne Abbey ruins looking to Lidisfarne Castle,  Holy Island, Lindisfarne, Northumbria, England
  • The Anglo Saxon Romanesque Lindisfarne Abbey ruins,  Holy Island, Lindisfarne, Northumbria, England
  • Panoramic view of traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Island of Thira, Santorini, Greece.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic view of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic view of traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Island of Thira, Santorini, Greece.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic view of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece
  • Sunset over Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Bell tower of traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Thira Island, Santorini Greece.
  • Bell tower of traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Thira Island, Santorini Greece.
  • Panoramic  over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic of blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Santorini ( Thira ) Island, Greece.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Panoramic sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
<br />
The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.

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