One of He inner walls of Methoni Castle, passing under the patched gate was a leap of faith... :D It rained on and off while we were there and the wind became increasingly strong, by this point trying to keep the camera lens clean and steady was a near impossibility.
Methoni Castle also had its own little pyramid... or pyramidal roof at any rate... it seemed appropriate at a location where the real ones are just across the water, I wonder if it was built as a nod to them. Whatever the reason I found it particularly delightful, the pyramids have always captured my imagination. This one is believed to have held ammunition. 030119 Greece.
The inside of a Turkish bathhouse roof in Methoni Castle, I know I included it in the last pic bundle of the bathhouses but I wanted to be able to see it in my summary screen, just keep scrolling. ;D I love the random pattern of the ventilation holes, makes it feel almost organic.
The Ottoman bath houses inside Methoni Castle fortifications, the ventilation holes and pipes in the walls were probably my favourite parts. 030119 Greece.
Church of Metamorfosi of Sotiros and its charming bell, in the middle of what once was the town inside the fortified walls of Methoni Castle, Greece 030119.
A dead eucalyptus leaf and its fossil-like tannin stain on concrete ebbing away. It seemed an appropriate image for a day when so many citizens of the world, led by those with the biggest stake in the future, are trying to tell their governments that we must act decisively and comprehensively now before human-induced climate change intensifies. It is past time to put the thin blue arc of the planet and its living things ahead of immediate profit & vested interests if for no other reason than long-term economic stability... and there are plenty of other reasons. #climatechange #actnow #climatestrike
Inside the bourtzi, I’ve lightened the pictures dramatically of the stairs leading down, it was pitch black inside the stairwell, especially when looking towards the outside light. The tower had the remains of the old floor joists (you can see them clearly in the 4th photo) poking out from the walls, with at least 3 floors above limiting the light penetrating through it must have been even darker inside back then. Methoni, Greece 030119.
Some of the brickwork of the bourtzi at Methoni Castle, the exposed arched entrance gate and the lower room ceiling. 030119, Greece.
The bourtzi of Methoni Castle & its exterior, it appeared to have a couple of cannonballs lodged in its walls (3rd & 4th pic) and impact marks from others, rather than stairs it had ridged ramps, far easier for dragging heavy cannons around. Variously used to house harbour guards, as a lighthouse, as a prison and as a final desperate, but ineffective, keep. Like the castle itself construction began at least as early as the 1400’s by the Venetians but earlier Byzantine fortifications remain and the site was occupied for many thousands of years prior. Messenia, Greece, 030119.
The restored sea gate of Methoni Castle smiling in the sun, the entrance with its multiple layers, inside the original tracks for the portcullis were still clear. Greece 030119.
The bourtzi of Methoni Castle from the castle walls, reached by a stone bridge from the main fortification including a small connection over the churning water & a fair drop that would in no way meet modern OH&S requirements and would be fenced off here to prevent falls... luckily it wasn’t here and we could walk across to explore the bourtzi. :)) 030119 Greece.
Methoni Castle sea gate and walls from the walkway out to the island fortress (bourtzi), the smiling sea gate with the south east tower to the right & the back of the sea gate and bourtzi from the south east tower, Greece 030119.
Inside the south east watchtower in Methoni Castle walls, 030119, Greece. The first photo is looking out over a small section of the grounds inside the walls.
The south east wall defensive watch tower with its soaring arches and the sea gate, a cannon hole in the tower and the tower from the gate, Methoni Castle, Greece, 030119. Calling it a castle is somewhat of a misnomer, it was really a fortified city, necessarily so as its central location made it highly desirable for seafaring nations... I tried not to think about the bloodshed and cruelty that took place here, the mindset that considered it acceptable to usurp somebody else’s property and slay all of the inhabitants. While it was intriguing to visit it also felt like a sad place, being overgrown and tumbled down in places seemed appropriate.
Methoni harbour and the edge of the town from inside the castle, the inner walls with newer additions layered over older ones (notice the half-covered circle at the base) and, to give some idea of the scale of the fortifications, part of the walk from the centre to the harbour side, the old road dug out from under layers of soil and plants. Greece 030119.
Methoni Castle entrance, Messenia, Greece 030119.
The dry moat of Methoni Castle from the start of the bridge looking right then left. 030119
Methoni Castle, Messenia... or at least a very small part of it and the bridge across the moat-that-never-was. Constructed and occupied by a number of opposing forces over the years since the 1400’s the fortress covers an enormous area and bears the hallmarks of Ottoman, Byzantine, Venetian and French occupation, it was even a burial site for British soldiers. The Venetians tried to permanently isolate it by digging an enormous trench to separate it from the land but the sea wouldn’t cooperate, the earlier wooden bridge was replaced by the French liberating forces in the 1800’s... it’s not all that long ago that national boundaries were in a constant state of flux, the relative stability we have experienced since WWII is the exception rather than the rule, I knew this in theory of course but Greece’s tangible past made it very real to me. 030119