Mandraki, Nisyros, Greece, 1994

SEPTEMBER 1994 – View across the town of Mandraki in Greece, seen from the monastery Panagia tis Spilianis on Nisyros island. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The island of Nisyros in Greece is a popular destination for day excursions from Kos. The key attraction is a huge, sleeping vulcano that can be visited. We had booked a guided tour into the vulcano and had arrived in Mandraki by boat earlier that day. After a long drive along a narrow winded road we arrived at the vulcano. A breathtaking experience because the smell of sulvur was getting stronger the more we climbed down into the center of the vulcano. And a bit scary, too, because there were still a few active patches. These were the source of the smell. So I remember that I was actually glad when we left the inner circle of the vulcano again.

Later we explored Mandraki and visited the monastery Panagia tis Spilianis which is located high above the town center and where I shot this photo. Recent images from Google Maps show that the area has remained mostly unchanged. Since Nisyros hasn’t got an international airport and no industry to speak of, you can get to the island only by boat. This makes it quite peaceful and a perfect match for those seeking rest and transquility.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1994
LocationMandraki, Nisyros, Greece
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceSlide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6436 x 4074 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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