There is something intensely appealing to me about abandoned buildings. Apart from the fact that I find beauty in decay there are always unanswerable questions – who lived there, what were their lives like, what inspired them to build the building and why in this particular place?
The original photo was converted to a watercolour image
the same original photo was converted to a pencil sketch
the two resulting images were then combined
and given a different colour cast
This was the original photo
this is a larger view of the same building – unifinished – I suspect it was going to be a hotel and the owners simply ran out of money to complete the project
Which one do you prefer?
Inspired by Sally Donatello
Nicosia or Lefkoşa (depending on whether you are a Greek or a Turkish Cypriot) is the capital of the island of Cyprus. Unfortunately it is a divided capital and has been since 1963. A narrow band of no-man’s land, known as the “green line” separates the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sections of the city. The same “green line” extends east and west from the city forming a boundary buffer zone patrolled by the UN between the northern and southern parts of the island.
The old city is surrounded by walls, built by the Venetians, with the gates into the city at strategic points. This shot was taken near the Costanza gate.
much of the northern part of the city is in a bad state of repair
small old mosque
interior courtyard of the büyük han, formerly the main trading and staging post and now a cultural centre
the forbidden zone – it is hoped that at some point in the future this area can be restored, repopulated and rejuvenated
sculpture, south of the Ledra Street crossing point
shade sails provide welcome shade in the heat of the summer
the Phanorameni church in the south part of the walled city
fountain in the more affluent South, outside the walled part of the city
in the south
5th century sculpture of lions attacking a bull
female figurine found in one of the ancient sites
modern reproduction of a bronze age ceramic vessel
If you are interested in learning more about Nicosia, Wikipedia has a fascinating article
Discover more history with Ailsa and followers
Spotted at the Saturday market at Lambousa, northern Cyprus, these bags have been made from hardback books. If the book is not in good enough condition the artist prints the picture on canvas but if it’s still in good nick he uses the real thing. The handles are made from old canvas belts.
Much of Northern Cyprus is taken up by a mountain range and the flat plain forming the coastal strip is fairly narrow. The main road runs parallel to the coast so you are never very far from the sea.
The coastline is rocky for the most part with a few sandy beaches used by the nesting turtles but the rocks provide some interesting formations both on the beaches and in the cliffs.
A new coastal footpath us currently under construction, providing a walk-with-a-view, accessible to all. Eventually it will run much further than its present couple of kilometres and is supposed to include a sea bridge at some point.
Inland, in the villages there are a number of old Greek churches, sadly abandoned although mercifully not completely vandalised. The cool, whitewashed interiors are devoid of furniture and decoration and only the pigeons and sparrows sing songs there.
the chapel of St Evlalios at Alsancak
the monastery in the occupied zone at Alsancak
interesting lighting, it looks as if it’s spilling down over the mountains
poinsettia in full bloom
a belated sharing with Travel Photo Mondays