“Cyprus, a little world in itself…no wild beasts or reptiles disturb the solitude. The water is set and cool, the wine is nectar, and the food plain but good; above all , I know that my grave will be respected and that kind hands will close my eyes.” (From the book “Historic Cyprus”)
During exceptionally well organised event by UNDP(United Nations Development Programe) on 21st of September 2019, marking the completion of conservation of the mosaics of Ayia Triada (Saint Triad) Basilica and Agios Philon Church financed by European Union and executed by the join Greek and Turkish Cypriot Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, I was pleasantly surprised to see the people from both sides participating with very positive approach. That kind of the events could be upgraded to attract more people, especially youth from both sides.I am sure that if this is done consistently, like all the activities in the life, there will be a success. Youth will understand that island of Cyprus as a whole is their mutual home.
Our first stop was Agia Triada Basilica and Baptistery. It was build arround 5th century and was damaged in the mid of 7th century when Arabs attacked Cyprus and again rebuild by the end of 7th century. It is famous for mosaics which were conserved, for Baptisery and for Soleas(elevated place).It is showing to us how people were baptized in those days going from the West, passing three steps from the water up where you enter a new life devoid of sin and get new clothes. More than that it remind us that people of Cyprus always wanted to live in peace. Here we had a great inspirational presentation from Mrs Ana Marangou. She used expression”Modus Vivendi” and gave the idea to the title of the article! In Agia Triada Baptistery title of the article was”devoid of sin” and “baptized”.
Something very interesting has happened when we were going from Ayia Triada Basilica towards Agios Philon church.
Our driver by some strange mistake took wrong turn and instead to go towards the church of Agio Philon took another road. As road was very narrow and as bus couldn’t turn we were “forced” to reach another Monastery and Church and to turn the bus using wide plateau there! Like that sacred place was awaiting to greet us with the sun converting the colour of remains to gold. It was a 16th century Church and Monastery of Panagia Eleousa or Merxiful Virgin welcoming us for brief photo session.
We reached Agios Philon Archeological Area and participate in the opening of the area as conservation work finished. The church was built 10th century on the top of 5th century basilica. It is all that remains from ancient Phoenician port of Karpasia. It is named after St.Philo who converted the people of the area to Christianity.
Here we had speeches from distinguished people giving us the inspiration to continue exploring Cyprus and its inhabitants.
If someone could take a couple of sentences from four speeches given by Mr.Kjartan Bjornson Head of Unit for Cyprus Settlement Support of European Commission, Mr. Ali Tuncay Turkish Cypriot Representative and Mr. Takis Hadjidemetriou Greek Cypriot Representative of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and Ms.Tiziana Zennaro Senior Program Manager, United Nations Development Programme the article could be as follows:
” One can not just believe in peace, one has to work on peace. No matter how different our names, grander, language and convictions are, our commonality is that we are all human beings. This is the real Cyprus, multicultural Cyprus, as it rises up through its monuments, with its similarities and its differences. Looking arround us we can see how much can be achieved by working together!”
Last word together is the key for any achievement in anything we do in life. And it goes without saying it is the key for the solution of Cyprus issue.
To achieve togetherness trust is necessary. To achieve trust one need to give trust! So both sides should give trust a chance without asking anything! To practice both you need people! To do anything you need people. Without participation of the people nothing of the substance will happen!
Attract more people.
How do we attract people?
In famous “Asinaria” comedy (The story about Donkeys) there is a saying:
” Facias ipseguod faciamus nobis suades”
“Practice what you preach”
When people see practical things which are humbly, humanly, softly, presented and when they see that participation is growing they will come. They will want to participate!
And then,only then,as Mrs.Ana Marangou beautifully mentioned “Modus Vivendi” the “Mode of living” will be found.
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