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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Giorgos Dimitriadis on July 31, 2012

Great capture,wonderful sky Like 143 Best regards,George

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 5, 2012

Thank you very much

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Filippo Bilotti on August 14, 2012

Hola,Viktor

Esta foto me gusta,LIKE144.Maravillosa esta imagen se podria decir que antes se respetaba mas los ecosistemas, bellisima fotografia.....

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 20, 2012

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Slava S on August 21, 2012

Very beautiful LIKE 145

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Arkadiy_ on August 22, 2012

Hello Viktor

Fantastic view, wonderful photo. Like

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 27, 2012

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Frank Hebestreit on September 14, 2012

The mountains look like a swiss cheese!

Regards Frank

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Bassam Jayousi on September 24, 2012

An amazing view, great capture. /Like/

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Dr.Azzouqa on September 27, 2012

Excellent composition.

LIKE + YS.

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Mustafa

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on September 29, 2012

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Rodema on October 28, 2012

Beautiful place and very nice captured!! LIKE!! Best Regards, rodema.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 30, 2012

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danimero NO VIEWS on November 14, 2012

Outstanding rocks!! Marvelous picture

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Omar Gobbi on November 30, 2012

Stunning scenery, beautiful picture, <YS & LIKE>, a friendly greeting. "Omar"

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on December 2, 2012

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*Natalya* on December 12, 2012

Прекрасный пейзаж! Замечательная работа!

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on December 26, 2012

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  • Uploaded on June 1, 2010
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    by kovi53 - NO VIEWS
    • 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

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