View from Zia, Kos, Greece (1994)

SEPTEMBER 1994 – The church Kímissis tis Theotókou shortly before sunset, seen from Zia, a mountain village in Kos, Greece. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The island of Kos in Greece has everything you may dream about: Beautiful beaches, tasty food, friendly people, history – and splendid views!

One afternoon we were visiting Zia, a small mountain village situated in the middle of the island. Its main features are the steep streets, the small shops with organic products and art, and a number of restaurants and cafenions. In fact, the village is so small that it provides a parking lot outside of the village, so that tourists can still come for a visit.

When we went back to our car, the sun was about to set. And I took a photo of the church Kímissis tis Theotókou beautifully illuminated from the side. In the background the coastline was visible. The big white area is the Alikés salt sea which had been used for salt production up until the middle of last century. Today it is a nature reserve that i spopulated by flamingos and other species.

I like this image because the blue roof puts the focus on the church which sits prominently on a hill. While you can still see the coastline and neighor islands, these are entirely blurred. Looking at recent photos of the location, it seems little has changed. But the trees surrounding the church have certainly grown, preventing this unobstructed view on the church. So, in a way this image is pretty unique. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1994
LocationZia, Kos, Greece
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceSlide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2970 x 1951 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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