Δευτέρα, 14 Μαΐου 2018

Ancient Inventions Exhibition

for info on the exhibition, visit here

 the hydraulic clock of ktesibios

automatic navigation and automotion-the myth of Dyinosus

birds chip when owl not looking

chess-like game

strategy games

-the aeolosphere of heron

-the alarm clock of plato

-the antikythera calculating mechanism

the automatic dispencer of philon

the automatic holy water server with coin collection

the automatic servant of Philon

the belly-bow

the fire pump of Ktesibios and Heron

the flying pigeon of Archytas

the hydraulic clock of Ktesibios 

-the pantograph of Heron

the quadrant of Hipparchus

the vaginal speculum

Τρίτη, 1 Μαΐου 2018

Fabrica hill Paphos

Fabrica Hill is situated near Saint Paul's Pillar and the Ancient Theater Ruins in the city of Kato Paphos, within the Paphos district of Cyprus.
Catacombs, an ancient quarry during the hellenistic area

Κυριακή, 15 Απριλίου 2018

Geology of Cyprus

Korakas bridge at Kavo greko

Giant rock cliff at Episkopi
a 70 meter tall cliff was formed when the river of Ezousa kept chiseling at the base of a huge limestone cliff. The rocks collapsed and the river was forced to change course. 

Limestone cliffs at Kourion. At the bottom is a little known archaeological site "Amathus gate cemetary"

Kourvellos, a huge rock formation at Lefkara taller than 40m

Lava flows and pillow lavas at klirou
Lava Bridge is in fact the hot lava which emerged from 6 km deep Tythias seabed 90 million years ago.

Κυριακή, 1 Απριλίου 2018

Kourris dam

from Wikipedia:


Kouris is the largest dam of a network of 107 dams in Cyprus. It lies at an altitude of 250 metres (820 ft) and collects the water delivered by the rivers Kouris, Limnatis and Kryos. Furthermore, water from Diarizos river is diverted to Kouris dam via a 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) long connecting tunnel. It has an overall catchment area of 300 kilometres (190 mi)2.[2] The dam is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of the city of Limassol and 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of the village of Ypsonas. The dam has a central clay core zoned earthfill embankment with a height of 110 metres (360 ft) and a crest length of approximately 550 metres (1,800 ft). For its construction the whole village of Alassa had to be relocated to a nearby site overlooking the reservoir (between the Kouris and Limnatis valleys) at a cost of around CYP£5,000,000.[3][4]
Its construction was opposed by environmental groups concerned about the effects of water diversion on the Limassol Salt Lake, a wetland located downstream to the rivers and used by migratory birds.[5] The dam is part of the Southern Conveyor Project, which carries water from the SW side of Cyprus to the SE part of the island, over a distance of 120 km. The dam has a central clay core zoned earthfill embankment with a height of 110m and a crest length of approximately 550 metres providing a water storage volume of 115 million cubic metres.[6]
The construction of the dam was first proposed by the Cyprus Water Development board in 1968. Following several feasibility studies the French engineering company Sogreah [7] completed the detailed design in 1981. The contract for its construction was awarded in January 1984 to a consortium comprising J&P construction and Impregiloof Italy.
The construction cost amounted to CYP £29,000,000. Part of the funding came from the European Investment Bank.[8] Construction was completed in September 1988. It was officially inaugurated by the then president, George Vassiliou, on 22 April 1989.
Since its construction it has overflowed twice, on March 4, 2004 [9] and on April 6, 2012."

Τετάρτη, 14 Μαρτίου 2018

Alamanos beach 1

"The coast is basically a continuation of Governor’s Beach, preserving the same features, with the distinctive, white rocks creating an ideal contrast with the blues of the sea. Apart from this beach, which is suitable for swimming and enjoying the facilities of the beachside restaurant, the visitors will also find smaller coves, a bit more difficult to reach, but perfect for lonely moments within the nature.
Those who like camping are frequent visitors in this area, for a night and a sunrise by the waves. The small coves between the white rocks provide some quiet and exclusive time, as well as undisrupted views to the open sea.
The beach of Agios Georgios Alamanos can be reached after taking the exit with the same name, from the highway, heading to the monastery. After a 3-minute distance, the road leads to the white rock coast."