Old graves at the side of the road
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After I got a place to stay in Pasof I start walking down the street towards the harbor on the side of the road there is some different site which is fairly interesting the first is the a rock grave which has been used since long forgotten times and the other is a little catacomb where old Christians were buried. At the entrance to the grave is a big tree which is covered in lot of little cloths people have tied to it when they come and visit. This is an ancient tradition which has been carried on by the locals through the centuries.
Down in the catacomb
is some pictures and some old frescoes which indicate the catacombs
have been used as a church at some stage probably by the Byzantines.
I just keep walking down the road and suddenly there is a sign with a basilica and Saint Paul’s column. Well why not go down and have a look. I go down and see the old place where the original giant basilica is just a ruin it was destroyed by Arab raiders in the 7th or 8th century. Today there are only some minor remains of the old church with all the big isles. To replace the big basilica is a much smaller church which is still in use today. When I left the area I realized I am not the first Dane to visit this area - King Erik Ejegod went past these regions on his trip to the Holy Land. He actually never left the island and is buried somewhere - I fear he was hit by a car driving on the wrong side of the road and I risk having a similar fate because of this antiquated driving style.
Last stop for the tour is the sunset at the harbor - ok may not the sunset given I am ½ hour late but I still want to see the last few red colors the sun left behind for the day. And it looks like a perfect spot for sunset with the sun having set out over the Mediterranean. Out at the harbor is a small fort which is lit after dark and it is a nice little place guarding the entrance to the harbor.