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rayb September 4th, 2007 12:39 PM

You'll ready for another one?
Tis will be a hard one. Helen and I climbed to the top of this mountain to view one of the sites that could not be missed.

If you can tell us the location of this image.?

I will tell very shortly because, probalbly there will be few answers. Any comments will be accepted.

LS80 September 4th, 2007 12:43 PM

All I can say is WOW!!! I hjave no idea where or what but I bet the view was fantastic!!!


mteague September 4th, 2007 01:15 PM

I could be totally wrong, but this reminds me of a castle in Scotland. I was just a young child at the time of our visit, so forgive me if I'm wrong. I was more interested in the Loch Ness Monster! And, if this is the place, I don't remember what you see from up there.....I remember thinking it was nothing! Of course, I was just 11!


msblackjack September 4th, 2007 02:00 PM

would have to agree either Scotland, Ireland somewhere cold and drizzly...the evergreen trees would be a clue as to location.

amazing feat of construction

venice September 4th, 2007 03:28 PM

could it be Melody's summer home in Monroe LA :roll:

rollerdonna September 4th, 2007 10:06 PM

Could that be in the Canadian Rockies? Those trees look familiar.....


mteague September 4th, 2007 10:09 PM

I think Monroe, LA WISHES it has a home like that! And I'm available to serve as resident Queen should anyone need a HRH!


msblackjack September 5th, 2007 07:38 AM

okay I think I found another clue: the type of rock; granite actually, looks like it could be volcanic --- so evergreen trees and granite --- still thinking Scotland or Ireland

mteague September 5th, 2007 07:49 AM

I still think it's a castle I visited in Scotland....I remember my parents fussing at all 5 of us kids!!! Sure hope Ray tells us what it is soon!


rayb September 5th, 2007 09:21 AM

Helen and I did climb up to this monastery. Long walk on crooked winding trails. They used a cable lift to take supplies up to the top. I have pictures of Helen and others trying to get into the bucket.

The S├╝mela Monastery (Greek: ╬*╬▒╬Ż╬▒╬│╬»╬▒ ╬ú╬┐¤ů╬╝╬Á╬╗╬Č, Turkish: S├╝mela Manast─▒r─▒) stands at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Alt─▒ndere valley in the region of Ma├žka in Trabzon Province, Turkey. It is a major tourist attraction located in the Alt─▒ndere National Park. It lies at an altitude of about 1200 metres overlooking much of the alpine scenery below.
The monastery was founded in the year 386 (during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I, AD 375 - 395) by two Athenian priests - Barnabas and Sophronius according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture [1]. Legend states that they found an icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain and decided to remain in order to establish the monastery.
During its long history, the monastery has fallen into ruin several times and been restored by successive Emperors; During the 6th Century AD, it was restored and enlarged by General Belisarius at the behest of Justinian [2].
It reached its present form in the 13th century after gaining prominence during the reign of Alexios III (1349 - 1390) of the Komnenian Empire of Trebizond (established in 1204). At that time, it was granted an income from imperial funds. During the time of Manuel III , son of Alexius III, and the reigns of later princes, S├╝mela gained further wealth from new imperial grants.
Following the conquest by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1461, it was granted protection by order of the Sultan and given rights and privileges which were renewed by following Sultans. Monks and travellers continued to journey there throughout the years and the monastery was extremely popular up until the 19th century.
The Monastery was seized for a time by the Russians during the occupation of Trabzon between 1916 - 1918.
It was finally abandoned in 1923, following the population exchanges between Greece and Turkey after the Treaty of Lausanne.
Today its main purpose is as a tourist attraction. Its place overlooking the forests and streams below make it extremely popular for its aesthetic attraction as well as for its cultural and religious interests. The Turkish government is currently undertaking necessary restoration works to the site.

mteague September 5th, 2007 12:08 PM

Cool! I haven't been to Turkey! Great pic Ray, I'll keep trying to guess your pics!


rollerdonna September 5th, 2007 10:00 PM

My goodness Ray, is there anywhere you haven't visited? :wink:


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