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Gecko

Phelsuma grandis

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yegorsky:

Gecko

Phelsuma grandis

abandonthehalls:

The Mountaintop Ghost Town of Craco, Italy
Perched strategically on a hilltop overlooking the arid landscape of southern Italy, the ghost town of Craco stands in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Founded during the 8th century, the settlement occupies a rock formation 400 meters above the surrounding hills, its boxy architecture neatly complimenting the cliffs around which it is built.
Many of Craco’s buildings date to medieval times, but archaeologists have found signs of human habitation going back more than a thousand years. During the Norman period the town was used as an outpost, keeping watch over the surrounding countryside for any sign of invading Saracens.
By 1561 Craco’s population reached 2,600, and the construction of the Monastery of St Peter in 1630 established a permanent monastic order. In an agricultural community built largely on the production of grain, oil, vegetables, wine and cotton, the monastery helped drive the economy through the introduction of science and religion.
But for all its natural wonder, the surrounding landscape proved dangerously vulnerable to earthquakes, which plagued Craco until its last residents were evacuated after a landslide in 1991.
Like other ghost towns dotting rural Italy, Craco is now the focus of conservation efforts. Cultural activities and religious festivals paying homage to the Virgin Mary bring large numbers of tourists and pilgrims to the area each year. Craco’s medieval churches, meanwhile, remain a focal point of the settlement, but the town’s spectacular setting poses real challenges to its upkeep. Thankfully Hollywood has been on hand to help out. Several movies have been filmed there over the years, including Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and Bond film Quantum of Solace. - See more at: http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/12/the-mountaintop-ghost-town-of-craco-italy/#sthash.n4WCrOIM.dpuf

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DSC_9228_4364 on Flickr.Decaying hallway at Greystone Psychiatric, 2013

dymaxxionchronofile:

DSC_9228_4364 on Flickr.

Decaying hallway at Greystone Psychiatric, 2013

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Golden eagle (by Edwin Kats)

vurtual:

Golden eagle (by Edwin Kats)