PURIM, STAMFORD HILL 11-12 MARCH 2017
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KASTORIA CHURCHES
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Kastoria originally had 72 churches built in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods, of which 54 have survived. Most of them were intended as family shrines. Some have relatively well preserved frescoes.


















BYZANTINE MUSEUM OF KASTORIA
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The collection of the Byzantine Museum of Kastoria includes around 700 icons from the towns’s 75 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches. 35 icons dated the 12th–17th centuries are on permanent display. The colour scheme of the oldest icons in this collection supports the thesis that the Pskov school of iconography, Russia at its early stage was strongly influenced by the of Macedonian icon. My photos may not demonstrate the sophistication of the red, ochre, black and turrquoise, though. The camera was incorrectly set and I did not check the outcome in the process of taking photos. Some of them are underexposed by 20 stops! I did my best to recover the images.









Λαογραφικό Μουσείο Καστοριάς (Kastoria Folklore Museum)
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The Folklore Museum (which is rather the ethography one with no displays about local costumes, music, dances, traditional festivals, etc.) is a 17-century town house in the south-eastern part of the historic Kastoria. The easiest way to find and access it is from the embankment on the southern side of the promontory. Many features of the interior are nearly resemble those I saw in  a similar town house in Gjirokastra, Albania last summer.












 

KASTORIA
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Kastoria (Καστοριά) is located on a promontory off the western shore of Lake Orestiada in Greek Macedonia. The name Kastoria probably derives from the Greek κάστορας (beaver). Trade in the animal's fur, sourced from nearby Lake Orestiada used to be an important element of the town's economy. The fur industry is still there but I believe that local beavers quickly disappeared once fur production became industrial in the 19th century.

During the Ottoman times, Kastoria attracted people from across the Balkans and beyond. As the result, three ethnic communities, Turkish, Greek and Jewish, formed their own separate neighbourhoods. In March 1944 763 Kastorian Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This happened just four months before the town was liberated by the guerrillas of the Greek People's Liberation Army (ΕΛΑΣ). Apart from one Ottoman structure, which is not identified in any guide that I have read, there is no visible trace of the Turkish community.

At present the town is going through massive revamping that includes tens of residential houses and 50+ small churches. I opted for photographing mainly those structures that have not been modified yet.




















Peterborough Gypsy Horse Fair, 2 January 2017
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Christmas Eve Turkey Auction, Old Smithfield Market, London
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Graffiti in St. Mary's church, Ashwell, Herts
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Above is a contemporary drawing of  Old St. Paul's Cathedral that was destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire of London.



Above is a record of the Great Plague of 1348 and the great wind of 1361(the storm on St Maurus' Day that turned
upwards broad oak trees and blew down the spire of Norwich Cathedral
). The text goes as follows: "There was a plague
1000 three times 100, five times 10, a pitiable fierce violent (plague departed) a wretched populace survives to witness
and in the end the mighty wind Maurus, thunders in this year of the world, 1361.












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Ballinaslow Horse Fair, Ireland, 8 October 2016
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BARNET HORSE FAIR 4 SEPTEMBER 2016
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