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Photographer's Note

At the foot of the rock on the island of Monemvasia there is a small village with the same name.
The settlement was established in 583 and was expanded as a fortress. It is surrounded on three sides by fortifications, the fourth side is a massive rock with a fortress at the top, which repeatedly has repeled attacks of Arabs, Normans, Franks, Turks and Venetians. The island is located on the maritime route connecting Italy and the Black Sea, thus it became an important port in the Peloponnese region.
It was only after the opening of the Corinth Canal in 1893 that the island lost its commercial and strategic importance.
In the photo, a fragment of walls surrounding the town, the total length of the fortifications is over 900 m.

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