Destructive rocks of Pentidattilo - Italy

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Pentedattilo (Calabrian Greek: Pentadàktilo) is a ghost town in Calabria, southern Italy, administratively a frazione of Melito di Porto Salvo. Until 1811, before the unification of Italy, it was a separate commune. It is situated at 250 m above the sea level, on the Monte Calvario, a mountain whose shapes once resembled that of five fingers (whence the name, from the Greek penta + daktylos , meaning "five fingers" ( thats what she said)

The town was founded as a colony of the Greek city of Chalcis, in 640 BC. A flourishing commercial town during the Greater Greece and Roman eras, it declined during the Byzantine domination, when it was sacked by the Saracens and by others.

In the 12th century it was conquered by the Normans, and, together with Capo D'Armi, Condofuri and Montebello Ionico, it became part of a baronal fief under the Abenavoli family. These were succeeded by the Francoperta, from Reggio Calabria, and then by the Alberti (until 1760), the Clement and the Ramirez (1823).

The town was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1783, which caused the migration of much of the population to the nearby Melito Porto Salvo. The town remained totally unhinabited from the mid-1960 to the 1980s, when it was partially restored and repopulated by volunteers from across Europe.

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anico61 on June 1, 2010

Szia Viktor!

Érdekes és szép képet neveztél! Sok sikert az NPC-n!

Üdv.: Anico

Stathis Chionidis on June 1, 2010

This is a fantastic serie from this unique olace.Bravissimo.Stathis

silgab on June 1, 2010


Ana Docal on June 1, 2010

impresionante lugar!!..saludos.Ana

MARAS1999 on June 2, 2010

Fantastic place and very good foto.


Kránitz József on June 2, 2010

Szia Viktor! Fantasztikusak ezek az Olaszországban készült képek!Szerintem nagy sikere lesz a versenyben! Laknak ezekben a romos házakban? Olyan mint egy szellemváros. Sok sikert az NPC-ben! Üdv: K.J. Sopronból

Marianne R. on June 2, 2010

This is a wonderful picture, Viktor!

Greetings, Marianne

Krystyna Polak on June 2, 2010

Thank you for the beautiful tour for the Pentidattilo :) Best wishes ,Krystyna :)

Kis Tóth László (Lac… on June 2, 2010

Viktor sok sikert kívánok az NPC-n. A fotód Kappadokiára emlékeztet!

Üdvözlettel Lacika

Lalyk on June 2, 2010

Very good shot ! Very nice place! Lia

Spyros Agrianitis on June 2, 2010

Very well done! you have my Spyros BO !

ღ Dominique Rolland on June 2, 2010

Adorable et Jolie


Đorđe Grujičić on June 2, 2010

Fantastic place and excellent shot...Best wishes...Djordje..

乾龍 on June 3, 2010

Very good photo


From Taiwan best wishes 乾龍

zmogelis on June 3, 2010

amazing place and foto

Bozor Magdi on June 3, 2010

Nagyon szép felvétel,csodálatos helyről, BO. Üdv. Magdi

John de Crom on June 3, 2010

Very nice and good photo Kovi. Greetings John.

Finn Lyngesen flfoto… on June 3, 2010

Very beautiful colorful picture from an extraordinary place! Greetings. Finn.

kovi53 on June 3, 2010

Nagyon szépen köszönöm

Anico... Józsi... Lacika... Magdi...

kedves látogatásotokat és megtisztelő elismeréseteket.

Magdi, külön is köszönöm a BoP-t.

Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

Stathis... Gab... Ana... Maras... Marianne... Krystyna... Lia... Spyros... Domi... Djordje... 乾龍... zmogelis... John ... Finn...

for your kind visits and nice comments. Special thanks to Spyros and 乾龍 for the BoP.

Greetings from Hungary, Viktor

Ladush on June 3, 2010

Amazing shot! BO!

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Photo taken in 89063 Pentidattilo Reggio Calabria, Italy

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  • Uploaded on June 1, 2010
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    by kovi53
    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2008/10/08 13:24:23
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash