Two collections from Cyprus. Click on the heading to read the full stories behind the images.
The celebration of the Flood
“Kataklysmos” (The day of the flood) is a religious and popular festival that is celebrated only in Cyprus, with its roots in Greek Orthodox religion and Greek mythology as well. The celebration of “Kataklysmos” (meaning “flood”), has strong pagan roots relating back to the Greek myth of Deukalion and the ark he built to survive the floods and ancient ceremonies between Aphrodite and Adonis that the ancient Cypriots celebrated in Paphos and Amathus. The festival can also be related to the Old Testament tale of Noah’s ark. The feast is also known as Pentecost or the day of the Holy Spirit as according to the Greek Orthodox religion on this day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus.
In the first decade of the 20th century, tuberculosis plagued the population of Cyprus. For the treatment of tabes there was one Sanatorium in Athalassa with 55 beds and a long waiting list. In 1935 on the Silver Jubilee of King George V (grandfather of Elizabeth II), when Governor of Cyprus was the notorious Sir Herbert Palmer and Kyperounda’s muhtar (the head of the Community) was George (Giorkis) Fakas, the King decided the construction of several important governmental buildings as a gift of the Crown to Cyprus. Οne of them was the «Jubilee Sanatorium».