Postcards From Greece - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Postcards From Greece Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Postcards From Greece by Michal Huniewicz

Here's a bunch of pictures from my earlier trip to Greece.

Santorini

Santorini
Santorini - Postcards From Greece
This is Santorini, the only Greek island I went to. Santorini was created in a volcanic explosion, and here you can see its crescent shape. Prior to the explosion (which took place sometime before 1600 BCE) it was a single island; now it is an archipelago of several small islands.

Santorini, the island

Santorini, the island
Santorini, the island - Postcards From Greece
The main island of the Santorini archipelago is also called Santorini. The total area of the island is 73 km2 (whereas the total area of the archipelago is 90 km2).

Mules

Mules
Mules - Postcards From Greece
Too big to be a donkey, too small to be a horse; I'm assuming these are mules. On the road to the highest point of Santorini.

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Akrotiri Lighthouse
Akrotiri Lighthouse - Postcards From Greece
This Santorini lighthouse was constructed in 1892 and is now remotely controlled. It used to use fuel for the light, now it uses electricity.

Tripod

Tripod
Tripod - Postcards From Greece
This is my tripod, posing for the picture.

Abandoned windmill

Abandoned windmill
Abandoned windmill - Postcards From Greece
There are plenty of such abandoned windmills on the island. On the right hand side, the highest point of Santorini.

Church in Athens

Church in Athens
Church in Athens - Postcards From Greece
This is an Orthodox church in Athens.

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum
Acropolis Museum - Postcards From Greece
This is the Acropolis Museum, and on the left hand side you can see the Parthenon.

Near the Temple of Olympian Zeus

Near the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Near the Temple of Olympian Zeus - Postcards From Greece
Taken at night on the Leoforos Syngrou street. On the right hand side is what probably used to be an entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Its construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, but was only finished by the Romans under the Emperor Hadrian, whom we met in my Jerusalem gallery.

Zappeion

Zappeion
Zappeion - Postcards From Greece
This is the first building erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern world, opened in 1888. Its benefactor, Evangelis Zappas, did not live long enough to see the completion. His head is now buried underneath his statue (seen on the right hand side).

Satyr

Satyr
Satyr - Postcards From Greece
Speaking of erections, here's a statue of a satyr. Satyrs acquired their goat-like aspect through later Roman conflation with Faunus. They were associated with fertility, as you can see.

Khen

Khen
Khen - Postcards From Greece
This is my friend, Khen of ancient beauty, whom we met in my Middle East, Assorted gallery, and who was my genial companion and proud tripod bearer for the trip.

Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus
Mount Lycabettus - Postcards From Greece
Mount Lycabettus, visible in the distance, is the highest point of Athens (277m above sea level), and there's a cable car to take you all the way up.

Parthenon

Parthenon
Parthenon - Postcards From Greece
Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena. Its construction began in 447 BC and ended in 432 BC. It was much later turned into a church, then into a mosque. In the Ottoman period ammunition was stored there, and during a Venetian bombardment it exploded, causing severe damage. Some of the surviving sculptures were taken to the British Museum where they are to this day, even though the Greek government has been trying to get them back since 1983.
It is now being partially restored. If you are wondering what it might look like when it's finished, google Parthenon in Nashville, where a full scale replica is.

Panathinaiko Stadium

Panathinaiko Stadium
Panathinaiko Stadium - Postcards From Greece
This is the Panathinaiko Stadium. It hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. It was reconstructed from the remains of ancient Greek stadium.

Dark clouds

Dark clouds
Dark clouds - Postcards From Greece
Back then, 150 BCE, it could host 80,000 spectators. Today it's 45,000.

Entrance

Entrance
Entrance - Postcards From Greece
This is, presumably, the athletes' entrance to the stadium.

Back to Santorini

Back to Santorini
Back to Santorini - Postcards From Greece
This is the view from my hotel. The island on the right is where the volcano is. The part of cliff sticking out into the lagoon is where I decided to go on my last evening in Santorini. I didn't take my phone, I was hungry, but I went there anyway, and almost did not come back after falling inside a volcanic tunnel and sliding down to the edge of the cliff. I still have scars on my hands after pushing them into the gravel surface, trying to break. Stupidity at its best!

Alive

Alive
Alive - Postcards From Greece
But I survived, proving once again that stupidity is not at all dangerous. I could then take this picture. It got cold and windy though, and I didn't make it to the very tip of the cliff sticking out into the sea, as this volcanic rock was very soft, and everything was breaking off and falling many metres down.

Thirasia

Thirasia
Thirasia - Postcards From Greece
The island of Thirasia visible on the left hand side. This picture was taken in Fira, where I stayed.

Fira

Fira
Fira - Postcards From Greece
Fira is the principal city of Santorini.

Dog

Dog
Dog - Postcards From Greece
A dog, in Santorini.

Clouds over Santorini

Clouds over Santorini
Clouds over Santorini - Postcards From Greece
Clouds over Santorini.

NATO

NATO
NATO - Postcards From Greece
Those are NATO ships from different countries, if I'm not mistaken.

Church

Church
Church - Postcards From Greece
Santorini is full of churches, they are everywhere, over 250 of them (roughly 1 for every 50 people).

Maneuvers

Maneuvers
Maneuvers - Postcards From Greece
The ships, plus a ferry coming from Athens, on the right hand side.

Dome

Dome
Dome - Postcards From Greece
Blue dome.

On a hill

On a hill
On a hill - Postcards From Greece
Fira seen from a hill.

View

View
View - Postcards From Greece
Fira seen from Firostefani.

Guardian

Guardian
Guardian - Postcards From Greece
This dog was kind (and bored) enough to come with us, and didn't mind posing.

Skaros

Skaros
Skaros - Postcards From Greece
I climbed that rock, which is called Skaros. There used to be a castle there, which was destroyed in the 19th century by an earthquake.

Close-up

Close-up
Close-up - Postcards From Greece
If you follow the path and then walk down the cliff, you'll find a church, just like anywhere else in Santorini.

From Skaros

From Skaros
From Skaros - Postcards From Greece
From Skaros.

Santorini at night

Santorini at night
Santorini at night - Postcards From Greece
Santorini at night.

Ammoudi

Ammoudi
Ammoudi - Postcards From Greece
This is a small port at the foot of the village Oia.

Cat

Cat
Cat - Postcards From Greece
Khen and a nice cat that accompanied us for a while.