Keen on learning more about the traditions and culture of Cyprus? Now’s your chance to walk around the seaside town of Limassol in an alternative fashion as you embark on a guided walking tour – under the auspices of the Geroskipou Municipality Cyprus Ceramic Association – that will shed light on Cyprus’ history and its clay making traditions.
As you put your best foot forward, you’ll walk through ‘Ieros Kipos’; a sacred garden dedicated to Aphrodite where several potters have established their workshops. You’ll then visit the square in front of the centuries old church of Ayia Paraskevi, the Christian patron saint of Geroskipou. This church, dating back to the 9th century AD, is recognized as a significant example of Byzantine architecture, and it is said that it stands on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite.
You’ll then enjoy a walk through pretty narrow lanes filled with old houses and on to the richly endowed Folk Art Museum where you’ll get to grips with the evolution of local crafts in a building that houses one of the most important collections of Cypriot folk art and craft from the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century.
You’ll then go onto the newly designed sculpture park, which will soon be hosting works inspired by local legends. Last but not least, you’ll be stopping off at Augoustinos pottery workshop where you’ll catch a glimpse of the recreation of earthenware jars, just as they were made thousands of years ago.
As you find out more about how these enormous jars were once created with insight from experienced potter, Andreas Fasoulides, you’ll then enjoy a hands on experience as you help out with the creation of a similar jar. The tour will end back at the church of Ayia Paraskevi.
Where and when? Meeting point for start of tour, in front of Ayia Paraskevi Chrurch, 9am every Wednesday throughout August and September 2017. Minimum participants: 10 people. €10 and €2.50 admission for Folk Art Museum. Tel: (+357) 99-539705