It was past midnight, I was cradling my extremely sleepy four year-old while stifling my own yawns, and looking forward to nothing but the soft bed awaiting me at Hermes Hotel, as the taxi drove us from the ferry boat to Mandraki marina. Upon arriving at the atmospherically lit harbour, lined with high Medieval walls,…
Apart from the fact of having the best weather and climate conditions, wonderful beaches and rich culture, Greece is a country of great architectural significance. So, let’s start a unique journey identifying some of the most important monuments of architecture in the country, in order to explore this aspect of Greece. See the 5 most popular ones below:
1) The villages on the Aegean Islands:
The villages (Chores) on the Aegean Islands is the perfect example of “less is more”. The whitewashed villages and alleys are the main feature of the simplistic Cycladic architecture, which is well-known worldwide for its plasticity. Some excellent examples can be seen on Santorini, Syros, Naxos, Serifos, Amorgos, in Little Venice on Mykonos, in Molyvos on Lesvos and in Gialos on Symi.
2) The Medieval Town of Rhodes:
It is considered to be one of the most well-preserved castles in the world, which travels visitors back in time, in the Knights’ Era. It has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988.
Medieval walls enclose an enchanting microcosm, a place where different eras, cultures and architectural styles meet.
Τime is locked out. Everyone else is within: ancient Greeks,Byzantines, Ottomans, Jews and Italians. This is, however, the romantic view; in truth, they are not alone, these wonderful ghosts. With them are tourists in their thousands, archaeologists, tour guides, artists, permanent residents, business people and touts, all continuing to write the history of the Old Town of Rhodes, a story which has been unfolding for the past 2,400 years.
And this is why I approach those mighty walls, four kilometers long, with some trepidation about what I will find. How harmoniously does the glorious and intriguing past coexist with the intensely tourism-oriented present? The monumental with the commercial?