Sunday, 14 June 2009

The mudbrick walls of this destroyed Turkish Cypriot home are decaying. The mudbrick is falling around the walls, and plants are colonising this soil and growing: the building is burying itself.

The Greek Cypriot National Guard's destruction of this home left its walls with no roof to protect them; the consequent decay has been gradually destroying the evidence of the destruction ever since.

Already, the only visible evidence of the identity of the home's occupants is the decomposing wood being swallowed by the plants. It is "Turkish Cypriot green"(1).

Eventually, the plants will cover the wood, and the weather will erase the remaining walls of the ruin, and this will become another mound, another archaeological site.

Goshi building 8a: a view of the destroyed building decaying and disappearing.

Goshi building 8b: a view of the door, the cracking door frame, and the collapsed roof behind it.

Goshi building 8c: a view of the "Turkish Cypriot green" paint on the wood.
  1. The colours are not always proof - for example, the owner of a building might have changed, but the new owner might keep the "old" colours - but normally, blue is Greek Cypriot, green is Turkish Cypriot, and brown is municipal.

    There is a "Greek Cypriot" blue door above "Turkish Cypriot"-tiled steps in Lapithos/Lapta, which used to be a majority Greek Cypriot village. I don't know whether a Turkish Cypriot refugee from the South took the house and applied the tiles, or whether it was always a Turkish Cypriot house, and the Turkish Cypriot family painted the door blue to complement the blue in the tiles.

    There are yellow doors, but I don't know whether they would be called "(united/bicommunal) Cypriot yellow". There are even half-green, half-blue doors. (It would be nice to imagine that was evidence of a mixed family, but it's certainly not proof.) Still, the colour is a clue to the identity of the family.

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