Leros Architecture

Leros architecture
About the architecture of Leros, Greece

The architecture of Leros presents a high interest, mostly due to the numerous invadors who occupied the island and influenced its culture. The main architectural style that had a huge impact on the island is the neoclassicism in different forms which was developed in the largest settlements of Leros.

A plethora of these beautiful Neoclassical buildings are found in the villages of Agia Marina, Platanos and Pandeli. Their rich diversity in colour and style, some influenced from the local architecture with wooden balconies and no decorative features and other more elegant, make them distinguish among other houses.

The local architecture of Leros Greece highlighted many types of buildings, like the Medieval houses with many storage rooms built for defensive purposes. The farm houses are quite popular mostly in the coutry side of Leros island, small cubic houses with one floor, built during the last two centuries. Italian buildings were founded in the early 20th century and stand out for their unique style. Leros offers an interesting mixture of architectural forms, some of which survive to this day while others are completely ruined.

The local churches and chapels are of great monumental interest combining the Byzantine and western characteristics. Such churches spread out in the capital and the surrounding villages of Leros. The current architectural form of Leros reflects the European style of the last two centuries, along with the vestiges of Turkish and Medieval influences and the local architecture of Leros and create a rich environment with a strong cultural diversity that characterizes the history of this island. The old white windmills standing side by side are also a nice attraction.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.

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