Archive for September, 2009

Greece - Cyclades Architecture

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

   

   

In Cyclades, all buildings are adapted to residents daily needs, to simple beauty of the island  land and to protection of Aegean  winds.

 

Buildings are based on austerity and cleanliness of forms. The houses are white cubes with bright colours at the doors and windows (usually bleu sea colours).

   

Sometimes buildings have castle form, from the mediaval years, the time that the inhabitants lived with the fear of  pirates. These houses are built one next to the other in order to shape  the exterior wall of the castle.

The creation of “Cyclades”-Greece

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Mythology: The Cyclades and the other islands of Aegean Sea, created at the terrible “War of the Giants”, from the rocks that where thrown against each other by the giants and the gods!

                                            

Geology: 15 million years ago, Greece,  Aegean Sea, Cretan Sea and Asia Minor, constituted an extensive area of  land, named “Aigiida” or Aegais.

 4 million years ago, Aigiida regions submerged in the sea, apart from mountains tops, which constituted the islands of Aegean Sea.


Many geological changes, earthquakes and volcanoes gave the form that the islands have today.

Volcanoes created by the sinking of the African Plate under the Aegean Plate.

Santorini, Milos, Kimolos and Antiparos islands were shaped by the volcanic activity, whitch created the  “Volcanic Arch of  Southern Aegean”.

Also the wind and the sea have created shapes of infrequent beauty, marine caves and strange rock natural sculptures, different in every island-The Geological Monuments of Cyclades.


Made fron granite, gneiss, slate, marble, lava and ashes the mountain tops of Aigiida compose the Cyclades landscape.

Cyclades Islands - Greece

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea south-east from Athens.

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The islands are named Cyclades ( Cyclos is the Greek word for Circle) because all of them are set up in a circle around “Dilos”.

Dilos is also the holy island central in the Greek Mythology.

Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic flat idols carved out of the islands white marble centuries before the Minoan culture arose in the island of Crete.

The Cyclades are about 220 islands, but the bigger of them are 24.