My Messinia

Samarina the bride

Among olives and vines encompassed by flowing springs like a jewel in a verdant setting Samarina appears…DSC_0423

Since I saw her for the first time, long time ago, her image stayed with me always this same, being more like a human than a church building, more like a woman alive, harmonious and serene than just walls of marble, brick and stone. I prefer to look at her from afar with all her dimensions clear and to see the way she commands and simultaneously hides within her surroundings.

This time as I was standing in-between two ancient cypresses, still, like a cypress myself, just watching her from the hill…I heard a few calls coming from below, a female voice and a joyful laughter.DSC_0315sI descended utnobody was there but the church wide open for the first time for me to enter…And as I came in, a little sky unlocked right above me-a dome of 1000 years.DSC_0381s…and I looked around with awe and then walked out into the sun ….and there she was …a silent bride of the joyful laughter DSC_0351

 

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