Monday, May 25, 2009

Larnaca - Lazarus's bones

This was a day several weeks ago, when Emily and I shared our first road trip together, getting lost in the port city of Larnaca.  Highlights of the day included an absolutely beautiful archaeological museum, divine in it's simplicity, after years of seeing 'new' museums complete with busy displays, clever lighting and modern surrounds. The display cabinets were circa 1960s, blue and straight, their precious artifacts lit by a breezy, natural light. Refreshing to say the least.  The artifacts here came predominantly from Kition, the city's most famous ancient site dating from 13th century BC.  Asarte, an early incarnation of Aphrodite, was worshipped here.  

Below, the "public women" of Larnaca, 1916.  I could not help but stare at their quite haunting faces, wondering about the lives they led. 

Below, Kition, surrounded on all sides by housing both new and old.  The strange, now familiar, juxtaposition of the modern and the ancient.

Below, Em after receiving instructions from a road-side fruit seller in surprising, sharp rain.

The Church of Ayios Lazaros, Larnaca.  One of few churches where I've been allowed to photograph inside. Below, Lazarus's crypt.  However his bones are no longer here, but incased in a glass box within the church, in sight of the congregation.  

Below, Lazarus's skull.  I did feel a bit strange taking this photo. Tourism sometimes produces discomforting feelings of disrespectful spectatorship (wow - that was a mouthful).  

Below, the local mosque. 

1 comment:

  1. Primeval city of Larnaca, Cyprus is city of historical, architectural, and religious importance. From battles of Mycenaeans and the Phonicians to historical events from life of Jesus, from strong nerved truth seeker; Zeno to arebic raiders of 7th century, city has multiple fascinations to offer.