Thursday, July 22, 2010

The land of the Minotaur + Onassis's swimming pool/dance floor


For my last post of the summer, I chose some mosaics from Hersonissos, a summer resort 25 km away from Heraklion, the capital of Crete (Greece) and a little "surprise" swimming pool, both linked to Crete and Heraklion (the land of the Minotaur)..

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The following frieze with the jumping bull is a very famous fresco from Knossos, Crete which I wanted to include in this post, as it is linked with mosaics in the sense that Aristoteles Onassis had a mosaic floor for the swimming pool of his yacht designed on the basis of this specific fresco. This is what I had read in one of my mosaic books years back and on the occasion of this post I said, let me see if I can find out more and get pictures of this swimming pool ! I have been truly lucky.....

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Here it is right here (picture shows Onassis with Churchill) - look where they are sitting on! From what I read from the pic source Onassis's party trick was to flood the swimming pool (which also served as a dancing floor) while people were still dancing. Read more here

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VERY BEST SUMMER WISHES!

19 comments:

  1. Truly Fascinating, I truly admire the mossaics, they are masterpieces!!! wishing you a fabulous day :)), xoxo

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  2. Ωραίο άρθρο! Καλό καλοκαίρι και σε σένα!

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  3. it always amazes me to see things that were done so long ago and still stand today

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  4. Σημαντικά δείγματα ενός μεγάλου πολιτισμού !!! πραγματικά πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ανάρτηση !!! καλή συνέχεια του καλοκαιριού και σε εσένα...

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  5. Felicidades por mostrarnos tan bellas obras .Un placer visitarte.
    Un beso .

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  6. WOW, that pool is just crazy! luxury hasn't boundaries :P

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  7. Oh wow now that is just spectacular!!! What a fabulous place. I hope to visit there one day :)

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  8. Wonderful pictures of amazing art and amazing places! I just had a look at your "Samples of my work" section, you are truly talented in this ancient art that has always fascinated me! I have been dreaming of making mini-mosaic jewelry!
    I have read you attended a course in Ravenna... that's where my Grandma (my father's mother) came from!! So I'm one-forth from there :)! Ho un quarto di sangue romagnolo, sono un bel mix :))!
    I guess you are going on vacation soon as you mentioned this being your last post for the summer... so I wish you BUONE VACANZE!!! Enjoy, wherever that may be (Greece??)!

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  9. This is mind blowing - cool mosaics girl! i loved the last shot depicting the original works!

    oh and the Patmos post - awesome! I haven't been yet but would love to go!
    x.o.x.o

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  10. This post is beautiful, crazy and amazing all at once! LOVED this! That last image really says it all!

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  11. I must visit your blog more regularly...this post is just fantastic! I love your photos and the history! Magnificent!

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  12. That is so wonderful...I love love love mossaics....Kisses, darling

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  13. Helloo from GREECE and ΣτάΛες στο ΓαΛάΖιο blog team....Kaλημερα και καλο καλοκαιρι!!!

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  14. Une petite visite :) Comment vas tu s?

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  15. That's a really interesting little bit of history, thanks for posting it!

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  16. Hey there!
    I have given you an award :)
    http://amoronia.blogspot.com/2010/08/thank-you.html

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  17. Wow - the history!! Truly gives meaning to 'if these walls could talk'...

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  18. Enjoy your summer holidays.
    I have found a new excavation by the borders of Mount Athos.
    The excavation place is Zygoy monastery where there is an interesting mosaic floor but it is covered this moment.
    kostas

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  19. Me again, I went to Dion and took loads of snaps of moasaics that you'd love!

    I need to get those up for you to see soon, if you haven't already been there already.

    Have a great September!
    x.o.x.o

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