Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Mosaics of Paphos

World Heritage Sites

The one good thing about being "grounded" this summer is the opportunity to continue my scanning project.  Over the past couple of years I have scanned thousands of travel slides into my computer.  So many of them are faded and even corrupted that I have burst into tears upon viewing them.   Even so, I find this task a rewarding one.  I relive each wonderful trip as I go through them, box by box.  Some of the slides I never even looked at after taking them.  It was simply too much of a bother.   The digital age of photography, however, has changed all this.  Today I plug in my SD card and voila, I can relive a trip painlessly and as often as I want.  I can share my photos with family and friends and other travel junkies through this blog.  And oh my!  Today's pictures are so much more vibrant!

The fading of my Cyprus slides have given these mosaics a sepia tone, but it seems appropriate for this particular "slide show".  After all, these gorgeous floors are 16 centuries old.   Enjoy!

These mosaics were discovered by accident on the island of Cyprus by a farmer plowing his field in 1962.  Their rarity and beauty were apparent immediately and it did not take long before UNESCO added them to their World Heritage List.   They covered the floors of four villas; the House of Dionysus being the largest of them.  The mosaics depict many scenes from Greek Mythology, but there are hunting scenes and geometric designs, as well.  We noted with interest the swastika next to the Star of David.  In the 3rd-5th centuries these designs were simply that--designs with no symbolic meaning.

These mosaic floors are considered the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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