Saturday, December 10, 2016

196. A modern day necropolis in central Athens ...



Those of you who have been following my blogged adventures will have observed my liking for European cemeteries … no it is not some macabre association with death and dying, but rather, a love of two things - firstly the peace and serenity away from the crowds and noise of the city - and secondly, it is here in so many cemeteries that my love of 19th Century marble art in a natural setting is sated.

And here at the First Cemetery of Athens ( the official cemetery of the City of Athens and the first to be built in modern time … ) wandering among the pines and majestic Cypresses on a very warm sunny Athens day, I was happy to find many beautiful sculptures - and not a single tourist to be seen. The Cemetery opened in 1837 and soon became a luxurious final resting spot for many famous Greek people including politicians, poets, actors, writers and singers. It is still used for burials today; and in fact, in the short time I was there wandering about, I observed two funeral processions. RIP …




















 



 



















I'm not too sure what is going on with this bronzed angel ...
I took 4 photos of it and in all of them the figure is slightly blurred,
but not the surroundings - spooky ... !!! ...
 





  
Maybe some more urban art next blog ...