Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The land of Venus



The first picture, the famous Leda and the swan mosaic, now in the Cyprus museum in Nicosia (capital of the island), was found in the Leda mosaic house as it was later called, at the location of a sanctuary of Aphrodite in the area of Kouklia, which was the home to a cult of Aphrodite from at least 3800 BC and was mentioned in many ancient texts, including Homer's Iliad.

Counting after the Leda mosaic, most of the images are from picasa web except the first two; the first one being taken from a hotel website and the second from a blog (all images are linked to their source).

I can recognise Akamas in at least one of the images, a place which is like heaven on earth, pure and unspoiled where you can see, if you are lucky and trained enough, vulnerable species, some of which are endemic to Akamas.

The second picture shows the archeological area where the floor mosaics of Palea Paphos (meaning old Paphos) are located, mentioned previously on this blog here and here.

I trust that the picasa images are all from Paphos and not from other places in Cyprus too. I have been to Paphos a few times in the past but I can only recall the mosaic site and the little harbour. Nothing else. In the picasa files I have also found some pretty pictures from hotels that I have included here.


MOSAICS, SEA, GOOD FOOD, BEAUTY, HISTORY all in one place!

14 comments:

  1. Oh my God this SEA!!!!!! You make me die of nostalgia for the Aegean Sea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to be there now!!!!

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  2. I can't believe the beauty in this post.
    Aren't friendships complex? I am so very fortunate to have so many wonderful friends.
    I too have some that are older.

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  3. I love all of the pictures, and WOW to the mosaic in the first picture, pure genius, XOXO

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  4. Beautiful! Takes me to another place.

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  5. Hi, Thank you for your comment! You've got a really gret blog, and I've seen some of your mosaic work, it's excellent! I will follow you! x

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  6. Χαίρομαι πολύ που στις ενδιαφέρουσες αναρτήσεις σου αναφέρεσαι τακτικά και στην ιδιαίτερη μου πατρίδα Κύπρο με τους ανεκτίμητους αρχαιολογικούς θησαυρούς της . Σου γράφω και εγώ στα Ελληνικά , αν δεν κάνω λάθος πρέπει να είσαι και εσύ Ελληνίδα. Καλό σου βράδυ...

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  7. Mosaicista AppassionataJune 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Thank you ALL, I am happy you loved the post.
    ART-TR.:Do you have your own blog?Τιμή μου αυτά που λες

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  8. Beeeautiful, those beaches are a paradise, I'm traveling trough your post :)
    I hope someday I can see all those places in person!

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  9. I love the Leda mosaic, and the blues in your photographs are stunning!

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  10. Oh these are absolutely gorgeous! I just finished putting together a guest post for another blog on Greece. I was remembering my trip there when I visited family :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

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  11. Mosaicista AppassionataJuly 2, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    This is to thank again the people who commented on this post, 3 people have sent in comments after my first thank you comment.
    I am truly pleased that all of you could relate to the pictures-
    blue, mosaics, art, nostalgia is what reverberates after writing this post.
    Your comments are helping me put together more ideas for the next posts.

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  12. Waaah , superbes photos. Cela fait rêver.

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  13. Beautiful pictures and mosaics. I want to go on holiday NOW! Have a great weekend xx

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