Santorini bell towers

Yesterday’s Australian country church bell tower reminded me somewhat of the similarly exposed bell towers that are so often attached to the small Greek Orthodox churches of the Mediterranean.

Here are a few examples of these from the Mediterranean Greek island of Santorini.

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Greek island of Santorini

A Greek Orthodox bell tower on the Mediterranean island of Santorini

Santorini was a quite large and thriving island community until a volcanic eruption destroyed most of it around 1600 BC, leaving only part of the circular caldera, which is the rim of the volcano, and a central volcanic island plug sticking up above the surface of the sea.

No, these images are not chromatically Photoshop enhanced.  The sea and the sky really are that hue of blue, but in photographs they sometimes seem to be a deeper and darker blue than could ever be possible because of the contrast with the glaring whiteness of the buildings.  In most shots where everything is painted bright white, it’s better to underexpose the sky than to overexpose the buildings.

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