Tuesday, 24 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, K for Käisariani

One of the most beautiful and serene places of all we saw was in my opinion the monastry of Käisariani, which was founded  in the 11th century.

In 1458 when Sultan Mehmet II conquered  Athens, this monastery was exempt from taxation, because the abbot had given the keys of the city to the sultan. This caused a period of great prosperity, which lasted till 1792, when the monastery lost all its privileges and fell into decay. The buildings were restored in 1956.









This was a wonderful place to stay , but we had to go on, for there is so much to see in Greece!

We thank Mrs Denise Nesbith who invented this meme . We arrived at K in the 16th round.





Interior beautifully decorated.

 Restoration on the frescoes can only be done in a short time of the year, due to the short period of dry weather and the right temperature






This post is dedicated to the letter K, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You  should only find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with K And...please  don't forget to refer to ABC on Wednesday.













24 comments:

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous place!

Norma Ruttan said...

magnificent building, astounding icons! and the scenery...not bad either! Greece is so rich in its history. I wonder how things are since the collapse of their government in recent times.

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

Looks lovely. Hope to get there some day.

Marie said...

Absolutely stunning! I would love to see this myself someday.

Photo Cache said...

Incredible. It must have been one epic trip.

My ABC WEDNESDAY

jeannettestgermain said...

The gallery with the frescoes is amazing! Thanks for sharing:) Am glad your family is safe!

Beloo Mehra said...

The monastery looks grand and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Meoww said...

What a stunning place. Wonderful paintings!

tulika singh said...

I love the scenery and the feeling of peace that the pictures convey.

ChrisJ said...

Beautiful building and location.

Roger Owen Green said...

One could spend days there!

ROG, ABCW

vonnieb1702 said...

Beautiful pictures :)
Leuk dat je geboren bent in Rotterdam. Ik ben in Rozenburg (tegenover Maassluis) geboren :)

Fijne dag vandaag

Trubes said...

Hi Wil,
we are of like minds, as I too have written about a Greek Monastery but it's on the Isle of Cyprus.
I've read about The Kaisariani Monastery and it is truly stunning, and set at such a beautiful site.
You certainly must have had a memorable trip to Greece, I've enjoyed reading about it, thank you for sharing your memoirs with us...Isn't life with ABCW such fun? We have a lot to thank Denise and Roger for!

Best wishes,
Di, xx
ABCW team.

Lea said...

Very interesting!
Really like your Header photo, too.

fredamans said...

That monastery is absolutely beautiful!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That indeed is a very beautiful and peaceful setting.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Inviting spot and very interesting♪
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Fritz Ant said...

Interesting structures and love the art work, I bet this must of been considered to grand at one time.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Schitterende foto's weer Wil.

Je kopfoto overigens ook!

Sommige landen hebben schitterende uitzichten hè?!

Groeten

Beverley Baird said...

What gorgeous artwork and stone structures! Beautiful place to visit indeed.

ann nz said...

so much history, and beautiful architecture.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Ann! Like last week I cannot find your blog. I want to thank you for your comment and can you show me how I can reach you?
Wil, ABCW Team.

Marja said...

wow what an absolute magical place. I am going this year for the first time to Greece although for a very short time. Greece is on my bucket list

Kay said...

Wow! What an incredibly beautiful place to visit! The frescoes are incredible.