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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Roberto Lo Savio on February 26, 2011

Beautiful panoramic photo of this abandoned town.

Like it.

Roberto

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on February 27, 2011

Roberto, thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and the like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

dziwnowik on August 31, 2011

I ♥ THIS PHOTO !!!!!

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♥ Best of Panoramio ♥

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on September 24, 2011

Peter, thanks a lot for your kind visit, great compliment, YS and like votes. Honour for me.

Cheers, Viktor

Argenna on October 1, 2011

Superb picture ! Like . Greetings, Argenna.

dziwnowik on October 2, 2011

"Best of Panoramio"

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 7, 2011

Argenna, thanks a lot for your kind visit, nice comment and the like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 7, 2011

I say a big thanks to you, Peter.

Greetings, Viktor

Mojzer László on November 8, 2011

Kedves Viktor! Nagyon szépen mutatod be Olaszországot. Szia Laci LIKE

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on November 12, 2011

Laci, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet és a tetszik jelölést.

Szia, Viktor

BertKg on December 16, 2011

Very interesting shot!! Warm regards from Holland, Bert.

Dear Viktor, a merry Xmas and a photogenic new year for you and your beloved

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on December 30, 2011

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dziwnowik on January 23, 2012

I ♥ THIS PHOTO !!!!!

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 27, 2012

Many thanks to you, Peter.

Cheers, Viktor

arno18 on February 9, 2012

Amazing. Beautiful photo! Like! Greetings from Switzerland, Arno

Jarda cz on February 12, 2012

beautiful picture - LIKE - thanks for visiting - ♡ greetings from the Czech Republic - Jaroslav

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on February 12, 2012

Thank you very much

Arno... Jaroslav...

for your visits, kind comments and like votes. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Arolldo Costa Olivei… on March 15, 2012

Foto encantadora!!! L+F

REmiasz on March 19, 2012

Fantastic pleace Like Greetings Remek.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on March 19, 2012

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    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
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