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  • Writer's pictureMarina Castledine

Santa Marina

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

The Saint Marina chapel, which apparently I was named after, in the village of Lefkara. It's in the most beautiful spot, with views across the valley.

The roof inside is an architectural marvel, with bricks spiralling up to form a dome and four small windows to let the light in.

Saint Marina, legend tells, lived her life as a male monk in order to escape being married off by her father. Recognised as a man, she was wrongly accused of raping of a woman, forced to bring up the resulting child, before being ostracized and badly treated by the monastic order.

Despite this, she maintained an aesthetic life, working hard until the end. When her true gender was discovered those who mistreated her begged for forgiveness.

Not a lot to live up to then...

#saintmarina #marina #lefkara #cyprus

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