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Δευτέρα, 24 Σεπτεμβρίου 2007

BELLAPAIS: A PIECE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH - ΜΠΕΛΛΑ - ΠΑΙΣ: ΕΝΑ ΚΟΜΜΑΤΙ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟΥ ΣΤΗ ΓΗ

"Bellapaix, even in ruins, was a testimony to those who had tried, however imperfectly, to grasp and retain their grip on the inner substance of the imagination, which resides in thought, in contemplation, in the Peace which had formed part of its original name, and which in my spelling I have always tried to retain. The Abbey de la Paix, corrupted by the Venetians into Bella Paise. . . . It was to take me nearly a year to gain currency for the spelling Bellapaix, which is as near as one can get today to its original.
"But no such thought was in my mind that first spring morning as I walked in those deserted cloisters, touching the rosy stones of the old Abbey with an idle hand, noticing the blaze of flowers . . . and here and there, bursting from a clump of fallen masonry, cracking the rock triumphantly, the . . . plumes of yellow fennel. . . . In that silence the light airs of the plain climbed up to us, full of the small sound of birds as they stooped and dived in the blue gulf below. Somewhere near at hand came the rustle and dribble of spring-water feeding the flowers."--Bitter Lemons, "The Tree of Idleness"

Bellapais is a small village in the hills above the resort town of Kyrenia on Cypru's north coast. The village owes much of its popularity to the beautiful surrounding countryside, immortalized by Lawrence Durrell in Bitter Lemons. The celebrated book introduced the world to the haphazard charms of Cyprus in the 1950's and there's been a steady stream of visitors ever since. In Bellapais itself, something of the flavour of this bygone age remains and it is easy to spend hours meandering about the streets admiring the panoramic views down to the coast. Now it is under Turkish occupation.

It was in Bellapais, that Lawrence Durrell in his book Bitter Lemons identified the Tree of Idleness. ‘Its shadow incapacitates one for serious work... if you intend to try and work, (do) not sit under the Tree of Idleness,’ Durrell’s guide warned him.These days of Course, Lawrence Durrell is long gone (and long dead), but some of his legacy lives on.Although there is some debate as to where this tree is today (or whether the original still actually exists).

Το Μπέλλα-πάϊς,το κατεχόμενου χωριού της Κύπρου που βρίσκεται στην επαρχία Κυρηνείας. Στο χωριό μπορείτε να δείτε το θρυλικό Αββαείο του Μπέλλα-πάϊς. Το σημερινό του όνομα προέρχεται από το Γαλλικό "Abbaye de la paix", που σημαίνει "Το Ειρηνικό Μοναστήρι". Οι πρώτοι ένοικοι του μοναστηριού ήταν Ιππότες του Τάγματος των Αυγουστίνων οι οποίοι ήρθαν από τα Ιεροσόλυμα της Παλαιστίνης. Το πρώτο τμήμα του μοναστηριύ κτίστηκε μεταξύ του 1198-1205μ.Χ. Επί βασιλείας του Γάλλου Βασιλιά Χιούη του ΙΙΙ (Τρίτου) κτίστηκαν μεταξύ του 1267-1284 οι περισσότερες πτέρυγες του μοναστηριού έτσι όπως το βλέπουμε σήμερα. Οι εξώστες γύρω από τους κήπους και οι Αψίδες κτίστηκαν επί βασιλείας του Γάλλου Βασιλιά Χιούη ΙV (τέταρτου) (1324-1359). Στον μακρινό ορίζοντα μπορείτε να δείτε την όμορφη θάλασσα της Κυρήνειας, ενώ το Αββαείο και το χωριό Μπέλλα-Πάϊς πνίγονται κυριολεκτικά στο πράσινο.

Bellapais Abbey or the Peace Monastery which takes its name from the French "Abbaye de la Paix" is a beautiful example of Gothic art and is built on a rocky mountain top, is one of the most excellent examples of Lusignan period Gothic architecture in the Near East. It which holds a special place in the island's architectural inheritance, is among the monuments of the many civilizations which have established themselves on the island and one of the most famous of the architectural treasures that Cyprus is home to. The main part of the monastery was built during 1198-1205 by King Hugh III of France. When the island was taken by Ottomans, the building was delivered to the Orthodox Church. The Italian frescoes seen at the entrance of the chapel were painted in 15th century. It is at the very heart of the beautiful, mountainside village of the same name, Bellapais Abbey remains a haven of peace.

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  1. The village is occupied by the turkish army since 1974.
    The people living in the village were forced to leave their village and homes. We hope to return to our village.
    Good work. Thanks for the nice presentation of my village and the nice pictures especially the old one. Costas Yiannakis

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