CYPRUS – Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa

Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, in Paphos

Cyprus is an archaeologist’s paradise. There are several ancient sites, all over the country and several of them are in Paphos where I stayed, and excavations are ongoing.

Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in Kato Paphos is a very interesting site where over the centuries from the 4th century until the 16th century, a number of buildings of Christian worship were created and destroyed.  The exact history seems very complicated, and involved Arab invasion and Earthquakes, building, destruction and rebuilding many times.

The existing church is used for worship in recent times. I didn’t think it was open while I was there, but I understand that it is beautiful inside. Worth a look judging by the photos I have seen.

Here are several photos of the current building and the ancient ruins that surround it.

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Below is a photo of an information notice at the site. If you click on it you will get a sharper, more readable version.

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The ancient sites of Cyprus are particularly noted for their splendid mosaics, some of which you can see below.

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There are raised walkways around the site, offering great views of the mosaics and other remains, without damage to the antiquities.

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St Paul and St Barnabas are believed to have visited this place to spread Christianity in 45 AD, and it is believed that St Paul was tied to a pillar by the Roman soldiers and whipped  39 times, before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity. The photo above shows the pillar marked with a red arrow.

Thanks so much for viewing my post. If you would like to see more of Cyprus, I have made a number of other posts on Cyprus. See the links below, and watch out for more to come.



TIME AND TIDE – and Flaking Paint (old boat at Latchi)

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)




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WAY BACK WHEN……….in Morocco

I actually prepared this post about a year ago, and I really thought I had posted it. But I have just discovered it in draft form now, so finally here it is:

Recently I was looking through some old pre-digital photos, I was concerned to see how they were deteriorating, particularly those which I kept in those typical photo albums with a cellophane type of covering over the photos. So I set about trying to scan these prints – or at least most of them.  I had previously used a gadget for scanning the negatives but found it fiddly and it produced distorted colours, and scanning several prints at a time on my A3 scanner was so much quicker.

After scanning I then made some necessary restoration to the colours and intensity of the images. Of course they don’t compare well with the quality of photos made with modern digital cameras, many are a bit grainy or noisy, but in a way I quite like the aged appearance of them and I feel they are relevant in terms of representing a place in time, and important to preserve them before they are beyond redemption.

Starting with Morocco…


In 1988 I made a trip to Morocco where I trekked with a group in the High Atlas Mountains, the high point of which was an ascent of Mount Toubkal. At 4,000 Meters I believe it is the highest mountain in North Africa. Not high compared with other more famous mountains, but fairly challenging.

The trek took us through many small Berber villages, the names of which are largely forgotten now. The friendly Berber people there were were mostly living in quite modest and poor conditions at that time, and tourism was really only just developing in the area. We overnighted in basic conditions in some of these villages although in one or two places we didn’t even have access to any sort of a toilet, and finding a private place for the necessary personal daily deeds was subject to being followed by local people – mostly women and children who were clearly highly amused!

Village in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

A Berber village on the mountainside, typically coming down in steps, and with its terraced farmland below.


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The main problem with looking back at these images is that I have forgotten the names of the villages, I may insert some more information if I can later.




I believe the village above is called Ouanesekra



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Ascending Mount Toubkal. Large areas were quite snowy.

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From summit of Mount Toubkal, above.

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At the summit of Mount Toubkal. As I am in the photo, I obviously didn’t take it, and I really can’t remember who did, but I’m sure they won’t mind me showing it.

More of my photos of Morocco can be seen on my website:

Also several paintings of Morocco on my website:

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This was December 2018 in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. A beautiful area getting away from the popular coastal areas. I would expect this to be very popular during the hot summers, and it is noticeably much cooler up here at any time. Indeed, they have a skiing resort here, but there wasn’t much snow about when I was there – just a sprinkling at the top.

Apart from the stunning scenery, It was quite wonderful to smell the aroma of the pine trees. It made me want to breathe more deeply. It seemed more intensely perfumed than anything I experienced before.



















Up in the clouds on Mount Olympus. There was a smattering of snow here.





















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