The Ruins of Salamis in Cyprus

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Famagusta,
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

1st Day in Oroklini
I have a rich breakfast at the hotel with the company of my friends, and we decide to visit the Salamis ruins today.
We set off just after breakfast and come to the green line where we have to show our passports to get through the other side of the island.
It is ridiculous and the thought that we have to show our passports or pay for car insurance to pass through makes me angry.  Thankfully not many Cypriots pass or visit the casinos like former years because it is painful for a true Cypriot to stand all this. And believe me I feel I am a true Cypriot myself, but the only reason I want to visit this place today is because I have missed it so much. I have never been to Salamis ruins after 1974 and actually I feel like I am on a pilgrimage to this historic sight here this day.
We drive through the green line and come to the city where my friend has some business.  We are told to return here much later so there is plenty of time for us to do some sight-seeing.  We visit a big store where Christalla buys one or two things, and afterwards come to Salamis.
I am overcome by emotions. I run back to the past and try to think of times when I was here.  My God! I am here at least two or three times a year back then as my parents are people who love traveling a lot.  We are out every weekend traveling around Cyprus, - people who love nature and anything that has to do with our ancient civilization and culture.  It is summer and I am so young, filled with the excitement and innocence of my young age, filled with hope and dreams for the future not knowing that one day very soon all these treasures will be in the hands of invaders. 
It is so hard for me to comprehend that invaders are now the people who are in charge of these ruins here and everything that belonged to Cyprus and its people are now in their hands.
The moment we are asked to pay money to get inside, this feeling gets even stronger. I promise myself never to return here again until the country is set free. I just want to walk through the ruins now, and I cannot wait.  My friends unfortunately are not very fond with this idea of mine, because they have just brought me here but don’t wish to walk with me.  They are waiting for me outside so I feel I have to move fast.
Of course I am happy that I am brought out here by them, and it is fine with me if they don’t wish to follow.  Not every person shares the same feelings.
Of course, I have friends who are Turks, and I consider them just as good friends as my Cypriot friends but this does not have to do with how I feel.  They will probably feel the same because they also have suffered a lot back then.
Anyway, the time has come for me to enter.  I have all the above thoughts while walking towards the entrance of the columned courtyard. It is one of the spots that I have so well saved in my mind all these years.
I don’t wish to say more of how I feel as I walk through the whole area, and later on when I want to see the temple of Zeus which is quite far and I know that my friends are waiting for me !!!! I only want to thank Antonis that he made it possible for me to see the temple because we got permission and with the help of a Turkish guy who got in his car and drove us to the ruins of the temple and us following him, he made it possible for me to see this part also.
It is just like I remember it.  I cannot stop taking photos. I don’t want to return here again and promise myself that I will only return when Cyprus is free, so I want to take many photos that I can have with me and cherish every moment spent here.
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Comments on

u are very quick in posting things and thats very good
nice write up
good work
Salamis was a good experience and I have seen a few times
very nice photos



venoth on

Visiting a place from the past definitely brings back a lot of memories. Unfortunate of the present state of affairs, I truly hope that things shall resume normal soonest.

travelmonster on

It must have been a very emotional day for you Popi. I am glad you got to visit the ruins again. xx

littlekate on

Briliant writing, Popi, and we perfectly remember the story you told about that conflict back in 1974... All that must be very painful.

antonisg hotel apts on

I think the photos that you have taken are very real and is just being there at the location while you are looking at the photos


Next time you try other locations



greekcypriot on

Done on velvet? Was it kind of a cushion that the photo is on?
Can you forward me a copy to add it with this collection?

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