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Midens Tower
Midens Tower

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Challenge: Night Shot V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Istanbul/Turkey
Date: Mar 11, 2010
Aperture: 25
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2010

Maiden's Tower was first built by the ancient Athenian general Alcibiades in 408 BC to control the movements of the Persian ships in the Bosphorus strait. Back then the tower was located between the ancient cities of Byzantion and Chrysopolis. The tower was later enlarged and rebuilt as a fortress by the Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus in 1110 AD, and was restored and slightly modified several times by the Ottoman Turks, most significantly in 1509 and 1763. The most recent facelift was made in 1998. Steel supports were added around the ancient tower as a precaution after the 17 August 1999 earthquake.

Used as a lighthouse for centuries, the interior of the tower has been transformed into a popular café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the former Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital. Private boats make trips to the tower several times a day.


Place: 88 out of 165
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2010 04:55:22 PM
I would like to see a longer exposure with this nice composition. You did a good work leaving this big piece of sky there but maybe with more exposure you would even get more details and colors at the blue sky.
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03/17/2010 07:39:56 PM
Beautiful rich colors.
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