Τετάρτη, 10 Ιουνίου 2015

Toyota cyprus car parade 2015

an"emergency" blog update.
On 7th July 2015, Toyota cyprus attempted to break the previous record of most toyota cars (about 400 cars). Every cypriot with a toyota (me included) gathered at GSP stadium nicosia for a small km march (we broke the record, 800+ cars gathered-we will ahve the official report within the week).
Here is the official website
and a small video from me.

Δευτέρα, 1 Ιουνίου 2015

Panagia Asinou at Nikitari

The church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, better known as Panagia of Asinou, is situated in the north foothills of the Troodos mountain range. It is built on the east bank of a stream, three kilometers south of the village of Nikitari. In 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes nine other painted Byzantine churches of the Troodos range.

Panagia Forbiotissa used to be the katholicon (monastery church) of the Monastery of Forbion, as its name implies. According to the dedicatory inscription above its south entrance, which is dated to 1105/6, the church was built with the donation of Magistros Nikephoros Ischyrios, who subsequently became a monk with the name Nikolaos. The monastery was founded in 1099 and it functioned until the end of the 18th century, when it was abandoned. 

The church consists of two parts: the vaulted single-aisled nave and the narthex, which is a later addition belonging to the second half of the 12th century. The narthex with its two semi-circular apses belongs to a type directly influenced by Constantinople. Already from the 12th century a steep-pitched timber roof, covered with flat tiles, sheltered the church. Today no traces of the rest of the monastic buildings survive.