Occasionally, I pass through the port town of Foynes, County Limerick, on the west coast of Ireland. I’m usually in a hurry through, with a long journey to complete and don’t have time to stop. I always think to myself that this looks such an interesting place and I would like to explore and capture the views and interesting buildings. However I managed to grab a few shots on a couple of these journeys. Good light was fleeting, and time was short, but here are some of the images I caught.
Foynes is on the Shannon Estuary, and is the second biggest port in Ireland. It has a very interesting maritime and aviation history, and there is a Flying Boat and Maritime Museum there, which regrettably, I haven’t managed to see yet.
Probably the most interesting thing about Foynes is its Flying Boat history. The flying boats were operational from about 1937 up until 1942, when nearby Shannon Airport was opened, and there was no longer a need for flying boats there. You can read more about Foynes’ Flying Boat history on this website: https://www.historyireland.com/troubles-in-ni/ni-1920-present/the-flying-boats-of-foynes/
My main interest is to create beautiful and interesting images, so even the above industrial scene has beauty when the warm glow of the late afternoon sun lights up these structures and the deep blue of the Shannon Estuarial waters are contrasted against them.
The two shots above show Foynes Island
Foynes railway station, above, now unused – usual story.
I remain hopeful that I will get some more photos of this interesting looking town, some day when I’m not passing through in a hurry.
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Cyprus is an archaeologist’s paradise. Layer upon layer of historical architectural ruins lie all over the place, and especially here in the Archaeological Park in Paphos. History has not always been kind to earlier civilisations, with foreign invasions and earthquakes destroying many wonderful buildings and works of art.
Some of the ruins here are as old as 2000 years or more, and some date to medieval times.
Here are several photos of these ruins, which include four roman palaces (with some well preserved mosaic floors), castles and amphitheatres.
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The Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, Cyprus, is a very famous UNESCO Work Heritage site. A must see for all visitors to the region. It dates back to about the 3rd century BC and it was a burial ground for the richest, most powerful Ptolemaics of the time. Apparently, no Kings were buried there, but it was given its name because of the impressiveness of the rock hewn tombs.
Excavations began there in 1977; tomb raiders had long since removed most of the artifacts. A few pieces remained, that were inaccessible to the raiders.
Individual niches or loculi are cut into the rock in many of the chambers
Some of the rock cut stairs have survived well, but many are not easy for old knees nowadays.
This is a well preserved tomb with lovely doric columns.
Above can be seen hole in the wall made by tomb raiders to gain access to an adjoining tomb.
Tourists building stone piles in the area. The whole place is littered with them – stone piles, that is!
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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.
Below is a photo of an information notice at the site. If you click on it you will get a sharper, more readable version.
The ancient sites of Cyprus are particularly noted for their splendid mosaics, some of which you can see below.
There are raised walkways around the site, offering great views of the mosaics and other remains, without damage to the antiquities.
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.
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This lovely but derelict old boat is dry docked at Latchi, on the western side of Cyprus. Looks like its sailing days are over, but I guess it is photographed by many passers by. Who could resist it, even knowing that there are so many other photos of it out there. I tried to find some information about its history, but couldn’t find anything. Perhaps someone out there can enlighten me?
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The warm colors of evening sun on the ruins of Great Blasket Island. The island’s beautiful beach lies behind.
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