Abandoned Villages - Prastio
The Diarizos Valley really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is the fourth abandoned village we've visited recently. However, this one is a bit special, as it is an abandoned village that is truly abandoned. To get to it, you have to leave the safety of your car, and wade through shoulder-high thistles and grasses. Is it worth the journey? You decide...
Our most recent visit to the Diarizos Valley had been to photograph an old, abandoned monastery. A perusal of the map showed that there might also be something worth looking at further down the valley. So we selected a suitable farm track and set off. Now, the sight of a church in the distance is not exactly unusual in Cyprus. However, if you look closely at the picture, you will see that there are ruins dotted around the landscape, too.
The church looks like it has been repaired in the not-to-distant past. I like the way they built it on top of a nice big solid rock, too. There is an archaeological dig nearby, where they investigated buildings that mysteriously fell down in the 12th century. Possibly the builders of this church took that on board when they drew up the plans.
Inside, the church looks a lot older.
It looks like there used to be a mural on the wall, though it is barely recognisable now.
This puzzled me. I haven't seen anything like that before. Is the pattern significant, or are they just random holes?