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6542:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Victor Panaretos on 13.02.2005

The British Schools on Kythera

The British or Lancastrian School at Milapidea, Livadi. Photography by J. Bennet 2002.

Principal Investigator:
Deborah Harlan (Oxford)

In 1797, Napoleon's conquest of the Venetian Republic ushered in a turbulent period in the island's history, resulting by the end of the first decade of the 19th century in the establishment of a British Occupation (1808-1813) and then Protectorate (1813-1863) of the Ionian Islands of which Kythera was part. In 1820, during the ...

6500:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2005

white washed houses.

beautiful home in potamos, just behind the church.

6499:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2005

palo spiti.

one of the many splendid old ruined homes that are in every village. some over the past 20 years have been restored to their original grace and charm.

6498:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2005

down town potamos.

as the years go by the donkey as transport is not seen much these days. this man rides his donkey through potamos in the mid 80's.

6459:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Vardas on 29.01.2005

The bridge at dawn

The bridge at Katouni as an early morning mist descends over the Livadi valley

6458:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Vardas on 29.01.2005

British bridge architecture on Kythera

The famous bridge or viaduct at Katouni is marked by a series of openings or holes between its arches. It is now clear that these openings were constructed to lessen the stiffness of the bridge and to make it more balanced. The bridge remains a marvel of design and construction - almost 180 years after it was built!

6457:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Vardas on 09.02.2005

The bridge to Myrtidia

One of the many British built bridges on the island is this one arch bridge on the road to Myrtidia, built in 1824.

6340:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Nena Parkes on 26.09.2007

The Cavallini* house in Avlemonas

The house of the Cavallini family, for more information see: "A chapter of Cavallini family history" in the Oral history section.

* Sometimes spelt Kavalini, Cavalinis, or Cavalenes

6221:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Kiriaki Orfanos on 06.01.2005

Levoune' House in Potamos in two eras.

Bottom: House when first built and occupied by the Levounes family.

Top: House when George Levounes returned to visit it many decades later.

For a full history of the Levoune family from Potamos, and of the construction of the house, see the detailed entry in History, subsection, Oral History, entitled, Maria Simos-Levoune. My Story.

6048:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 28.12.2004

An alloni near the bridge at Katouni?

The photograph of course, includes the famous bridge at Katouni.

Of more interest to me for this submission is the alloni or milling circle in the lower, right hand side.

Allonya were extremely important architectural structures by which grain was "sorted" and milled.

A book could be written about the allonya of Kythera. To the best of my knowledge, by the end of year 2004, not a single picture of an alloni had been submitted to kythera-family; ...

6045:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 27.12.2004

The Entrance Arch or Apsitha - to Karavas.

The Entrance Arch to Karavas.

One of the prominent features of the "built environment" that makes Karavas unique.

5875:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 09.12.2004

Apothiki. Tzortzopoulos (Hlihlis) patriko spiti. Karavas.

Another very important room in a Kytherian house was the apothiki - storage room.

On the left hand side are the doors which lead into the Tzortzopoulos apothiki.

Here was kept all the tools needed to farm the land, small hand tools, like hammers and saws, and hardware needs like screws and nails.

Also equipment for the farm animals - saddles, mustroukes (muzzles), blankets, etc.

Barrels of oil, wine and chipoora were ...

5872:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 09.12.2004

Fourno. Tzortzopoulos (Hlihlis) patriko spiti. Karavas.

One of the most important features of a Kytherian house is its fournos - oven.

The fournos at the Tzortzopoulos patriko spiti lies just outside the kitchen on the lower level.

There is a subtle art to making a good fournos. It is not simply a matter of enclosing a space and placing a chimney on top of it.

My grandmother Kirranni Koroneos (nee, Souris, Petrouni) also explained to me that you got the best results from a fournos if you picked just ...

5849:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.12.2004

New Houses of the Island

one of the new houses in potamos built in old design .

5848:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 08.12.2004


the superb architecture of myrtithia with the side view showing the arches of the church.

5803:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 06.12.2004

Mylopotamos. c. 1950.

Classical Sophios photograph of Mylopotamos, possibly taken in the 1950's.

5775:Photos > Architecture

submitted by George Poulos on 03.12.2004

Wooden roofing structure to support mortar and tile-setting, in the traditional way.

In a previous entry I submitted a photograph of the bamboo roof on the Tzortzopoulos "patriko spiti" in Karavas.

The use of bamboo, was a traditional method of roofing. Mortar was placed over the bamboo, and then the tiles were set into the mortar.

Special "crops" of bamboo were grown in past centuries to provide this base for roofing.

This photograph shows the more "modern" method. Flooring type timber is placed across the roof. Mortar is still poured ...

5747:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 01.12.2004


typical entrance to many villages on the island, note the homes made from rocks.

5717:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.11.2004


walking through chora you can admire the wonderful venetian architecture.

5694:Photos > Architecture

submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.11.2004


neo classical architecture of the bank in potamos. untill recently was the only bank in greece open on sundays wish they would return back to those days.