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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kovi53 on August 15, 2010

Hello Kurt!

Thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and L. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

MarekEwjanStachowski on August 20, 2010
  • splendid photo
  • like
  • greetings from Poland :)
kovi53 on August 20, 2010

Hi Marek!

Thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and L. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Magnani on August 22, 2010

Bellissimo paesaggio Viktor, complimenti e Lk.

Devo dirti che disponi di belle immagini nella tua galleria e colgo l'onore di inserire anche te nei miei autori preferiti, ciao, Paolo.

kovi53 on August 22, 2010

Onorare me, Paolo. Mille grazie.

Ciao, Viktor

vladanscekic- NO Vie… on August 25, 2010

Amazing place!!Great shot!!

Like and YS!!

Greetings , Vladan

kovi53 on August 25, 2010

Hi Vladan!

Thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and L+YS. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

christian caffin on August 28, 2010

What an impressive place! Cheers, Christian

kovi53 on August 28, 2010

Hi Christian!

I say thank you for the visit and the kind comment.

Cheers, Viktor

FWWS! on August 29, 2010

Nagyon érdekes hely,szép fotó...L+YS...Üdv:FWWS

kovi53 on August 29, 2010

Szervusz FWWS!

Nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet, valamint a L+YS szavazatokat.

Üdv. Viktor

Κοσμάς Καραχλές on August 30, 2010

kovi53 excellent shot. like 97 Kosmas

kovi53 on August 30, 2010

Hello Kosmas!

Thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and L. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Takimirimo on September 5, 2010

Wonderful place and great photo. L. Greetings, Anna.

DrLibra on September 5, 2010

Beautiful! Like! Greetings from Norway. Linda

kovi53 on September 5, 2010

Thank you very much

Anna... Linda...

for your kind visits, nice comments and Likes. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

pasha195 on September 6, 2010

Like!Great picture, wonderful view!

kovi53 on September 6, 2010

Hi pasha!

Thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and Like. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Domingo Vázquez on September 11, 2010


Greetings, Domingo

kovi53 on September 13, 2010

Hello Domingo!

Thank you so much for visiting my gallery and thanks also for your kind comment.

Greetings, Viktor

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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
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