PAPHOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

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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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Thanks for viewing my photos. Please visit my Cyprus Category on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c857-cyprus

Also see my other posts on Cyprus here

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

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

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)

 STAVROVOUNI  (Cyprus)

STAVROVOUNI 2  (CYPRUS)

APPROACHING CYPRUS

TOMBS OF THE KINGS, PAPHOS, CYPRUS

 

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TOMBS OF THE KINGS, PAPHOS, CYPRUS

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.

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Individual niches or loculi are cut into the rock in many of the chambers

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Some of the rock cut stairs have survived well, but many are not easy for old knees nowadays.

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This is a well preserved tomb with lovely doric columns.

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Above can be seen hole in the wall made by tomb raiders to gain access to an adjoining tomb.

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Tourists building stone piles in the area. The whole place is littered with them – stone piles, that is!

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Thanks for visiting.

My earlier posts on Cyprus are:

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

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

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

APPROACHING CYPRUS

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)

 STAVROVOUNI (Cyprus)

STAVROVOUNI 2  (CYPRUS)

Do checkout my website category on Cyprus:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c857-cyprus

 

 

 

 

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.

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

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

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)

 STAVROVOUNI  (Cyprus)

STAVROVOUNI 2  (CYPRUS)

APPROACHING CYPRUS

Also, do checkout my website category on Cyprus:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c857-cyprus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERLIN 3, Modern Buildings and Structures

Here are some of my photos of those modern buildings which I encountered in my short time doing the tourist thing in Berlin. I know Berlin has many fantastic modern buildings, and I only saw a few, and grabbed some shots as I walked around.

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Modern buildings at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin above and below.

 

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The building on the left above intrigued me because it had a kind of perspective defying shape; it’s wider at the top! It was designed by Renzo Piano.

Information on these Potsdamer Platz buildings can be found on:

https://potsdamerplatz.de/en/architecture/

 

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Below is the very eye-catching Ottobock Science Center for Medical Technology in Berlin. The design of the building, also known locally as the “muscle house” takes its inspiration from the design of the muscle fibres of the human body.

From the following website:

https://www.e-architect.co.uk/berlin/science-center-medical-technology

“Starting from the idea of human muscle fibers, the Berlin architectural firm Gnädinger was assigned the task of creating an amorphous, abstract façade, which wraps dynamically around the six-storey, reinforced concrete frame, encompassing around 1,000 square meters of floor space…..”

 

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Looks like there is a lovely garden on the rooftop of the Medical Centre.

 

The two photos below are of the Axel Springer building.  Axel Springer SE is the largest digital publishing house in Europe.

 

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Central Station, below, or Hauptbahnhof.  This is a marvelous feat of modern architecture and engineering. It also houses shops, restaurants and amazing self cleaning toilets. I didn’t get a picture of the outside of the building.  The building was designed by architect Meinhard von Gerkan and opened in 2006.

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Boxy buildings, below, yet not all looking the same. I find the patterns they make quite visually interesting. These buildings are across the road from some of the murals of the East Side Gallery, on the old Berlin Wall.

 

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Below is the simple building of the Chapel of Reconciliation, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, which was built to replace the demolished original church building, that was located just on the east side of the Berlin Wall. It consists of an oval building and a rectangular bell house. It’s more attractive features are perhaps best experienced inside; I particularly liked the corridor space between the outer and inner wall, with the sun shining through the vertical timbers,  inspired, though minimalist.

 

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A peaceful place for relaxing and reflecting (above)

 

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The TV Tower, or Fernsehturm, is in central Berlin, Germany. Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the government of the German Democratic Republic. It can be seen from many parts of the city.

The original design of the magnificent tall Tower was devised by the GDR architect Hermann Henselmann. The sphere of the TV Tower was intended to remind people of the Soviet sputnik satellites and was to light up red, the colour of socialism.

It was also specifically intended to have no religious significance or associations whatsoever, and it was a source of amusement to many that the sunlight on the sphere creates an image of a cross.

The tower accommodates a revolving restaurant now, which turns hourly on its own axis, with spectacular views from 203 meters high.

The church on the left is St. Mary’s Church.

 

The two photos below were taken from Pankov Station, part of the underground system.

 

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The above structure has been built on the site of part of an excavation of the old Gestapo Headquarters that exposed a number of subterranean solitary confinement cells and interrogation chambers. Now it is used for an exhibition of photos and information.

Below is a photo that shows the roof of that structure, with reflections on it of the buildings around.

 

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Looking across from Checkpoint Charlie (above), showing some of the many tourists who flock to the landmark. Behind the camera is a replica of the unit that checked people travelling from West to East. East to West would not normally have been permitted. The colourful pipes in the picture are everywhere and are used for drainage from the many building sites currently in the city. Love them or hate them, they get in the way of photography, and one has to simply try to incorporate them creatively into the photos.

Another example of those pipes shown below.

 

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The rebuilding of the Berlin Palace, above, located on Museum Island.  The original Palace was destroyed by the East German communist regime in the 1950s. Completion is expected in 2018.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  More on Berlin to follow.

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