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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

The ruins at Paliohora

The former capital of Kythera, Agios Dimitrios, was sacked by the Ottoman pirate Barbarossa in 1537. It is now known as Paliohora. Several churches, including Agios Antonios which is pictured, remain somewhat intact whilst the surrounding walls and structures have deteriorated with time. This photo was inspired by a photograph taken by the famous Greek photographer, Nikos Desyllas, in his book "The Ionian Islands".

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

Raiders' huts

Above Diakofti is located a series of old huts thought to have been used by Arab pirates as bases for raids on passing ships. Note the sunken freighter in the background.

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submitted by George Vardas on 17.05.2004

A view of the castle

The Venetian castle at Hora dominates the town's landscape.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

Kythera airport

A view of the old terminal which served Kythera well until the completion of the modern airport complex

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submitted by George Vardas on 05.10.2005

A walk in Karavas

Karavas is reknown for its springs and leafy surrounds.

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submitted by George Vardas on 04.05.2004

The Lazaretto in Kapsali

Built in 1817, the Lazaretto was originally a hospital. It is today a private residence behind the smaller of the two bays in Kapsali.

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submitted by George Vardas on 02.05.2004

The townsquare at Fratsia

This distinctive, almost art deco building is in the central square of Fratsia

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submitted by George Vardas on 02.05.2004

Agios Nikolaos at Firi Ammos

The small whitewashed chapel of Agios Nikolaos in Firi Ammos near Agia Pelagia provides a striking contrast to the rocky outcrop and blue seas.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.05.2004

The central arch of the Potamos Bridge

The central arch of the seven arch bridge built by the British in 1825 at Potamos. Note the distinctive decorative motif over the arch which is unique to this bridge.

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submitted by George Vardas on 02.05.2004

Rainforest of Karavas

Karavas is a very luscious, verdant township.

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submitted by George Vardas on 02.05.2004

A scene from Karavas

This scene is near the famous spring of Amir Ali in Karavas