Monday, 6 November 2017

Pyla, Cyprus

On one side of the village square is the Turkish Coffee House. Watercolour painting by David Easton.

On the opposite side of the Square is the former home of the Kakoullis family, seen  this portrait taken about 100 years ago.

The village church is viewed in this painting from a narrow winding lane.

Close to the centre of Pyla Village stands this once handsome house. Originally the home of a prosperous family, the building is now crumbling and neglected.

A quiet corner in Pyla.

Μια ήσυχη γωνιά στην Πύλα, Κύπρος

                              Pile, Kıbrıs'ta sakin bir köşe

In First Street, Pyla this old building opposite the tower stands boarded up and unwanted. Watercolour painted 18th November 2017.

Pyla Turkish Sports Club

Pile Turk Spor Kulubu

Watercolour by David Easton 19th November 2017

Pyla's Venetian watchtower dates from the late 15th or early 16th century.
This watercolour painting shows a view from the village square.

Pile'nın Venedikli gözetleme kulesi, 15. yüzyılın sonlarından veya 16. yüzyılın başlarından kalmış.
Bu suluboya resim köy meydanından bir görünümü göstermektedir.

Το βενετικό παρατηρητήριο της Πύλας χρονολογείται από τα τέλη του 15ου ή αρχές του 16ου αιώνα.
Αυτή η ζωγραφική με ακουαρέλα έχει θέα από την πλατεία του χωριού.

This is the Church of Panagia Asprovouniotissa in Pyla. It was built in 1200 and was originally part of a monastery. It has been reconstructed and renovated in more recent times. In 2005, mortar covering the walls was removed, revealing idolatry statues which had been used in construction of the building.

Αυτή είναι η εκκλησία της Παναγίας Ασπροβουνιώτισσας στην Πύλα. Χτίστηκε το 1200 και ήταν αρχικά μέρος ενός μοναστηριού. Έχει ανακατασκευαστεί και ανακαινιστεί πρόσφατα.

Bu Pile'daki Panagia Asprovouniotissa Kilisesi. 1200 yılında inşa edilmiş ve aslen bir manastırın bir parçasıydı. Daha yakın zamanlarda yeniden inşa edilmiş ve yenilenmiştir.

A door that remains closed.
Number Three, 32nd Street, Pyla
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A traditional house in the centre of Pyla

There is not much left of this building in Pyla which is gradually crumbling away.  Nothing supports the arch other than the stonemason's skills.
I don't know what this building might have originally been.

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Pyla's former police station dates back to colonial times. A long time since it served that purpose but the building is still well maintained even though it is currently unused.

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The Buyuk Han in Nicosia was built in 1572 as a caravanserai or inn
In the centre of the courtyard is a mosque.
More than 60 rooms on two floors are now occupied by galleries and cafes

This little chapel clings to the hillside on the outskirts of Pyla. The roadway leads up to a British Army firing range.
Watercolour painting by David Easton

The Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque on the banks of Larnaca Salt Lake. Watercolour painting by David Easton

Watching out over the village of Pyla, a United Nations lookout post perched on a hilltop.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Monastery of San Damiano, Assisi

Monks reading at the monastery of San Damiano in Assissi in 1923. 

 Built in the 12 th century, this was the first monastery of the order of St. Clare. It was here in 1206 that St.Francis heard the word of God and began his religious life.  In 1210, the 16 years old Clare heard Francis speaking and chose to leave her wealthy family to become a nun. She lived for the remainder of her life at San Damiano, taking a vow of poverty
The photograph by Ferdinand Schmutzer has been digitally colourised.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

London street children

A photograph from the early 20th century. Digitally colorised from a black and white original.

The Nurse

The child in this photograph looks the picture of health. The scene has perhaps been staged for a photo shoot. Originally a black and white image,  it has been digitally colourised.