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August 2010

Pylon of the Month - August 2010


Another August and another holiday pylon.  Like 2009, this one is from Turkey although from the Mediterranean rather than the Aegean coast.  The picture was taken overlooking the Roman theatre at the ruins of the Lycian town of Myra.  We were actually staying in Kalkan, about 90 minutes away, but a day trip allowed us to take in both Myra and the sunken city of Kekova.  For those keen to see even more Turkish pylons and who like the pylons to be more in the foreground than in this month's picture, look here.  Saint Nicholas (of Santa Claus fame) was the Bishop of Myra in the 4th Century and was a representative at the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325.  It was at this meeting that the timing of Easter was decided and which we still follow today.  Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox (when day are night are of nearly equal length) which is why the date changes every year and is sometimes inconveniently early or late.  In the Gregorian calendar,  the latest it can possibly be is April 25th and this will not happen again until 2038 (it last happened in 1943).  Next year (2011), however, will see Easter Sunday fall just one day earlier on 24th April.  All this from a picture of a pylon.....