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submitted by George Vardas on 18.05.2004

German Outpost

The remains of the German military outpost set up during World War II can be seen on Cape Trachyla. The track appears on the right hand side just before you enter Hora.

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submitted by George Vardas on 17.05.2004

Katouni

My home village of Katouni. The 12 arch bridge is the most prominent symbol of Katouni with a cluster of whitewashed houses forming a classical island backdrop.

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 17.05.2004

Peaceful Paeleopoli

This peaceful scene looking south belies the past. An enourmous wave of sea mud swept over this site 3500 years ago.A Minoan civilization which existed in the valley behind was destroyed. Pottery shards lie skattered in the dunes a stark reminder of the power of nature.

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

The Sunset

A view of the belltower of Agios Georgios at Kolokythias at sunset

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

The English School of Milapidea

A closer view of the Lancastrian school built by the British in the 1820s near Fatsadika

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

The crumbling wall

Walking through the deathly stillness of Paliohora you come up to this free standing wall arising out of the ruins.

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

The Kastelli of Avlemonas

The small Venetian fortress or kastelli once stood guard over the small and narrow port of Avlemonas. Built in 1565, and octagonal in shape, it now stands silent and decaying.

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

The Courtyard

A courtyard in Hora

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

Gazing over the Ionian

Another view of the Ionian Sea on the road to Limionas. Adopting the words of the poet Palamas:

"Your waters dazzle like a floor of diamonds ...
And the heroes of myth and of history
The shade of Odysseus, the spirit of Capodistrias
Walked together under a Greek sky."

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submitted by George Vardas on 16.05.2004

By the shores of the Ionian

On the way to Limionas as you leave Mylopotamos the rugged coastline presents an incredible vista - a reminder of the hauntingly beautiful words of the famous Greek poet, Kostis Palamas, in his poem "Song of the Seven Islands":

"In a circumference of blue the seven islands
Foam chiselled, rise, dissolve,
Join hands and dance upon the waves."

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submitted by George Vardas on 11.05.2004

The Kastro in Kato Hora

The lion of St Mark still stands guard over the entrance to the Venetian castle in Kato Hora in Mylopotamos. The fortress unfortunately is dominated by crumbling ruins although a number of churches have been preserved.

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submitted by George Vardas on 10.05.2004

View from the Kastelli

The small Venetian castle at Avlemonas is also known as the Kastelli. A weathered sculpture of the lion of St Mark is still visible on one of the walls of the fort.

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submitted by George Vardas on 11.05.2004

The fortifications

The walls of the Kastro are very impressive as you approach.

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submitted by George Vardas on 12.05.2004

The "Eye of Crete"

The Kastro in Hora is one of the most striking reminders of the Venetian occupation of the island. Although the plaque on the wall as you walk up the rampart reads "1503" construction actually commenced in 1306 in place of a smaller Byzantium fort. In the 16th century the walls and fortifications were extended. According to the noted historian, Chryssa Maltezou, the authorities on Kythera were able to communicate with the Venetian regiments in Crete by means of signal fies on the castle to warn of possible incursions by pirates. In this way Kythera became the "Eye of Crete". The settlement pattern around the Kastro fits into the traditional kastro-chora, fortezza-borgo pattern so that locals could take refuge in the castle when the island came under attack. At it highest point the Kastro is built to an altitude of 250 metres.

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submitted by George Vardas on 12.05.2004

The Kastro at Hora

This is probably one of the most photographed vistas on the island depicting the 700 year old Kastro in Hora with Kapsali Bay visible in the distance. The congregation of churches and other buildings around the base of the Kastro and within proximity of the Kastro was a product of a time when residents, fearful of pirate raids, could find safety within the walls of the Kastro.

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submitted by George Vardas on 10.05.2004

Another view of the castle

Just before you enter Hora there is a road on the right leading to Cape Trachyla where the Germans had an outpost during World War II. This track also provides a different perspective on the castle at Hora.

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submitted by George Vardas on 05.05.2004

Minoan peak sanctuary at Agios Georgios

The road leading to Agios Georgios. In the early 1990s the leading Greek archaeologist, Yannis Sakellarakis, confirmed that this was the site of a Minoan peak sanctuary and was evidence of the existence of an advanced Minoan colony on Kythera during the Bronze Age.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

Church of Agios Georgios

The church of Agios Georgios is on the highest part of the island and enjoys breathtaking views.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

The sinking of the Mentor

A view out to sea from the fishing village of Avlemonas. In 1802 the English brig, the Mentor, carrying part of Lord Elgin's looted sculptures from the Parthenon, sank just outside Agios Nikolaos harbour within sight of the township of Avlemonas and the castle (which is visible in the top right hand corner of the photograph). The sculptures were eventually retrieved by divers from the islands of Kalymnos and Kos and taken to London. In 1816 the Parthenon Marbles were sold by Elgin to the British Government and transferred to the British Museum where they remain to the present day.

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submitted by George Vardas on 06.05.2004

The blue door

Hora is one magnificent photo opportunity with its picturesque laneways, arches and Venetian architecture infused with a traditional Greek island landscape. The covered passageway depicted here is a Venetian concept. Similar passage-arcades under houses can be found in Crete and on Kerkyra where the Venetian influences were just as strong.