Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CYPRUS ~The Church of Our Lady of Asinou-UNESCO~

Received my second card from Cyprus...This wonderful card also surprised me...thought it was a tiny cottage...but instead it is a famous church and a UNESCO site...Thanks you very much Luca!!

With great stamps!In 2011 Cyprus issued a
set of three stamps depicting three of
the island’s lighthouses, view of "the Cape Greco
Lighthouse".And with "the Refugee Fund" Tax Stamp.
Every letter, postcard and parcel has to have an
additional refugee postage stamp on it
(cost as at January 2011 is 2 cents) in order for it
to enter the sending process.

Cyprus is an island country sitiuated in the eastern Mediterranean. It is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the most popular tourist destinations in this region.

Early 12th century church, built in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains (one of the ten Painted Churches in the Troodos Mountain region of Cyprus) and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with frescoes of the 12th century and later periods. It is considered to be among the finest examples of Byzantine mural painting on the island. There are more than 100 paintings in the Asinou Church.
The modest structure boasts a common church design of the 12th C. It is made up of a rectangular nave covered by a barrel vaulted dome. Primarily, it was built with mud mortar.

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