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Santorini volcano

Aegean Sea - Greece

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The island group of Santorini (Thera) is the most well-known and active volcanic centre of the Hellenic (Greek) Volcanic Arc in the south Aegean Sea. It is a complex stratovolcano with a large caldera created by several large explosive eruptions. The different products of 2 million years of volcanic activity have accumulated around a small non-volcanic basement that once formed a small island similar to the other islands. Most of the volcanic layers are visible in the multi-colored sequences of the impressive steep inner walls of the caldera, striking the visitor who reaches the island by boat.

The Minoan eruption of Thera, (Santorini or Thera eruption), was a major catastrophic volcanic eruption which is estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BCE. It was one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history. The eruption seems to have inspired certain Greek myths and may have caused turmoil in Egypt. It has also been suggested previously that the effects of this eruption led to a number of the Ten Plagues of Moses in the Holy Bible, chief among them being the so-called “rain of fire”. Additionally, it has been speculated that the destruction of the city at Akrotiri provided the basis for or otherwise inspired Plato's story of Atlantis.

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Tower of the Winds

Athens – Greece.

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The Tower of the Winds on the Roman Agora
and Lycabettus Hill in the background.
Athens – Greece.

The Tower of the Winds (Aerides) or Horologion (timepiece) of Andronicos is an octagonal tower representing the eight directions of the wind. The structure is 12 m tall with a diameter of about 8 m and was topped in antiquity by a weathervane-like Triton that indicated the wind direction. It stands on a base of three steps and is built of white Pentelic marble. It has a conical roof, a cylindrical annex on the south side, and two Corinthian porches. The frieze depicts the eight wind deities: Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Livas (SW), Zephyrus (W), and Skiron (NW). There are eight sundials on the external walls and an elaborate waterclock (clepsydra) in the interior, driven by water coming down from the Acropolis. It was supposedly built by the Greek astronomer Andronicus of Cyrrhus (Kyrrhos of Syria or Macedonia) around 50 BC, but according to other sources might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum. The monument had been half-buried by the earth accumulated over the centuries. It was excavated between 1837 and 1845 by the Greek Archaeological Society.

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When in Rome

Rome - Italy

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When in Rome...

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Loggia dei Lanzi

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy.

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Loggia dei Lanzi.
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy.

A Roman copy of an original Greek work, statue of a man in armor supporting a heroically dying comrade. Probably depicting a scene from the Iliad (Trojan War), Menelaus and Patroclus or Ajax and Achilles.

The Loggia dei Lanzi is on a corner of the famous and popular Piazza della Signoria. The name dates back to the reign of Grand Duke Cosimo I, when it was used to house his German mercenary pikemen. After the construction of the Uffizi at the rear of the Loggia, the roof was modified and became a terrace from which the Medici princes could watch ceremonies in the piazza. The Loggia consists of wide arches open to the street and forms a small art museum that a visitor can enjoy at any time and for free.

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©2009 Jordan Kevrekidis

* This image is dedicated to all the victims of the earthquake (6.3 magnitude) that hit L'Aquila in central Italy yesterday (April 6, 2009).

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Aegean Sea

Greece

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Aegean Sea – Greece

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©2009 Jordan Kevrekidis

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