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Monday, 30 May 2011

MY VISIT TO CYPRUS

I have just returned from a visit to Cyprus.
I managed to find a few dolls (pictured below).  The Ghana doll was bought in an African Craft Shop in Cyprus and the Turkish dolls, also in Cyprus.

For more details, please see the website.  Carole.
CYPRUS
(Special occasions dress)
Website Id:  Europe - Cyprus - 005
GHANA
(Fertility doll)
Website Id:  Africa - Ghana - 0011 

TURKEY
Website Id:  Asia - Turkey - 005
TURKEY
Website Id:  Asia - Turkey - 0011
AYIA KYRIAKI CHURCH
(where I attended a family wedding)
(If you click onto the photographs below, it will enlarge them).

This beautiful church was built around the 13th. century on the site of a small church which was destroyed by an earthquake in 59AD.  It is said that it was here that Saint Paul was flogged to death.  Saint Paul's Pillar, is in the front of the photograph.  It is surrounded by Roman ruins and mosaics.  It is a Greek Orthodox Church but it is also used occasionally by Anglicans and Catholics, with the permission of Bishop George.  The Orthodox Church still uses the church for special occasions.  There are five aisles in the church and it is near Paphos harbour.

The altar
Ayia Kyriaki Church
(before the lights, flowers and wedding guests arrived)
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KYKKO MONASTERY
(Troodos Mountains)
Kykko Monastery was founded around the end of the 11th. century by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos.  It is set on the north west face of the Troodos Mountains and is one of the richest Monasteries in Cyprus.  The gold plated altar is truly amazing.  No photography is allowed inside the Monastery.
The President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios 1V started his ecclesiastical career there as a monk in 1926.  He was buried in 1977 and it was his wish to be buried near the Monastery.   His tomb is 3km west of the Monastery.  It is a popular visitors destination.

KYKKO MONASTERY
A POSTCARD
(showing the gold plated altar in the Monastery)
A partial view of the Troodos Mountains
from Kykko Monastery
PAPHOS HARBOUR
(early evening)
If you click onto the above photographs, it will enlarge them.
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