St. Arsenius Shrine, Near Kalami

"All morning we lie under the red brick shrine to Saint Arsenius, dropping cherries into the pool - clear down two fathoms to the sandy floor where they loom like drops of blood. N. has been going in for them like an otter and bringing them up in her lips. The shrine is our private bathing pool; four puffs of cypress, deep clean cut diving ledges above two fathoms of blue water, and a floor of clean pebbles. Once after a storm an ikon of the good Saint Arsenius was found here by a fisherman called Manoli, and he built the shrine out of red plaster as a house for it. The little lamp is always full of sweet oil now, for St Arsenius guards our bathing."

PROSPERO'S CELL © Lawrence Durrell 1945 & 1975

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