Kythnos Architecture

Kythnos lies between the Greek islands of Kea and Serifos, in close distance to Athens and constitutes a characteristic example of Cycladic architecture. Whitewashed houses with blue and white colors are dotted around the small villages and create this beautiful setting that attracts hundreds of visitors every year. The characteristic architecture of Kythnos is revealed in the picturesque villages, like Driopida, Loutra, and Merichas which is the main port. A visitor will meet the characteristic two-storey houses with the tiled roofs, a tradition that is strongly connected to the ceramic artwork that flourished greatly in Kythnos and the neoclassical style.

The amphitheatrically built capital of Kythnos was founded in the 17th century on a hillside and comprises of stone built houses, quaint narrow alleys beautifully decorated with flower drawings. There lies the oldest church of Kythnos, Agia Triada (Saint Trinity). outside the capital are the two monasteries of Panagia Kanala and Ioannis Prodromos. The island is renowned also for its Venetian past that has left Kythnos some worth seeing traces like the Venetian castle of Orias in Loutra village right on the seafront. The castle remains strong and well-preserved over the centuries. The area is also known for the thermal spa.

True to its Cycladic character, Kythnos island has numerous churches scattered in the villages and the beautiful countryside. The most known churches are Panagia Nikous, Agios Savvas, Agios Ioannis Theologos, Panagia Kanala and the tiny chapel of Prophet Ilias. A unique experience for the visitor coming to Kythnos is a stroll through the hundreds of labyrinth alleys which remain beautiful and authentic.

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

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