Ikaria Architecture

Ikaria architecture
About the architecture of Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria is unique by all means with its rich history, historical importance and natural landscape. The characteristic architecture of Ikaria is mainly apparent in the amphitheatrically built capital of Agios Kirikos as well as in other settlements. The main town retains exquisite examples of traditional houses an neoclassical buildings from the 18th century. Wonderful two and three-storied Ikarian houses built very close to one another extend around the picturesque port charming all visitors at first sight with their colourful facades.The oldest districts of Agios Kirikos are worth admiring for their stone built mansions and flowered balconies which are still kept in excellent condition.

During the pirates invasions, Ikaria island developed a defensive character which was not based in the fortifications, like in other Greek islands, but rather in the variation, the main characteristic of the island's architecture. The settlements in Ikaria are scattered and most of them are built in the agricultural areas.

Some neighbourhoods in Ikaria Greece are built of slate since this material is abundant in the island. Churches are usually small, single-aisled and basilicas built during the Byzantine years like Agia Irini. The most interesting to see though is the chapel of Theoskepasti which lies close to Pigi village and its roof is made of two huge granite rocks. In contrast to the other architectural forms in Greece like the worldwide famous Cycladic architectural style, the island's architecture and tradition still remains obscure and worth admiring. Such examples are found in the picturesque village of Chrisostomos, famous for its natural springs and the wooden houses decorated with many flowers.

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

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