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Listed 10 sub titles with search on: Sights for wider area of: "ANDROS Island KYKLADES" .

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Castles, fortresses & fortifications


Venetian Castle

It was built in 1207 and all the building work lasted for 26 years. You can see it just at the end of the peninsula of Hora - Andros town opposite the square of "the Unknown sailor".The little island on which the imposing Venetian castle is built , is connected by Hora with a little stony arch. The castle used to be a fort to protect Hora in the past. However , its greater part was destroyed during the second world war.


Pano Kastro (Upper Castle) or Fanaeromeni Castle

Pano Kastro (Upper Castle) or Faneromeni Castle or The Old Lady's Castle was the strongest and largest city in Andros island during the middle-ages. It was built by Venetians on top a spectacular plateau north of Ormos, at a height of 600m. It could protect around 1000 (or more) people and it was considered to be impregnable, thanks to the high rocks and the strong wall surrounding it. Its history is unknown and this is the probable reason for the myths associated with it. According to the most known, the Ottomans, who could not conquer it, send there an old lady with her pregnant daughter to ask for help. Instead, the same night the old lady opened the gate and the Ottomans who finally went inside, slaughtered all the people. Later, the old lady, having regretted for what she did, climbed on a high peak and committed suicide, jumping towards the sea. So, her memory remained imprinted in two sights of the area: "the Old Lady's Castle" and "the Old Lady's Jump" (Grias Pidima), a nice beach nearby. Nowadays it is accessible through a path starting from Kochylou village and somebody can see ruins of houses, churches, cisterns and Faneromeni church. Above all, there is the magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and an impressive landscape.

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Municipality of Korthi URL below, which contains image.

Gorges & Ravines


Dipotamata Gorge

   Dipotamata is a river-basin of extreme natural beauty, with a length of about 7 kilometers, in the south-east side of the island, between Syneti, Paleokastro and Kochylou. Water these days is less, but even in drought times it doesn't stop. The natural environment is unspoiled, since the traffic has stopped since the last 35 years. As a consequence the vegetation is very thick (oleanders, mulberry-trees, fig-trees, oak-trees, bushes, reeds, rushes, blackberries, mint, osiers, ivies). The whole area is a shelter for a variety of animals, such as weasels, badgers, hares, snakes and birds (partridges mainly).
  The gorge is crossed by a wide slated cobbled road (the only road connecting Korthi with Chora till 1950). In the intersecting point with the river, there is an arch-shaped bridge and occasionally small fountains. There are also other narrow step-like paths connecting the other villages of the area with the fields and the water mills. In good condition there are also (apart from the paths, the stone-walls, the water-mills and their auxiliary constructions) sheep-cotes, stables, lodgings, barns, threshing floors and country churches. But the most important structures of the area are the water-mills.
  The reason that in Dipotamata was built a large number of water-mills, was the particularly favourable conditions for establishing and operating them: plenty of running water, good access through the paths, protected environment, small distance from villages, etc. Today can be seen (in good condition, in ruins or in traces) 22 water-mills in all the gorge. Most of them are in very good shape. In a few of them there are neighbouring or adjacent auxiliary buildings, such as a room for the miller to spend the night, sheep-cote, stable or store room. Hydraulic works of big importance and extent for the time and its technological level were supplying and often netting the water-mills. In narrow places of the gorge there were dams, which were forming lakes, to collect water for watering purposes and the functioning of the water-mills. From there, canals were guiding the water in the millpond and eventually into the hole of the machinery of the mill. The remaining water and water coming out of the mill (having rotated its wheel) was guided to the canal of the next water-mill.

This text is cited March 2005 from the Municipality of Korthi URL below, which contains images.

Local government WebPages

KORTHI (Municipality) ANDROS

Water-mills - Wid-mills

  Like in all the other Cycladic islands, also in Andros the wind power is used, nowadays by the use of wind generators and formerly by the use of an extensive network of wind-mills.
   In Korthi area (and in Serifos island) was developed a special type of wind-mill, tavlomylos, with the wheel rotating horizontally, having a vertical axis. In the Municipality area exist such wind-mills and of the classical type too, which were in operation till the middle of last century, producing flower.
  Contrary to the other islands, Andros has plenty of water. As a consequence, it was natural to use water power too. So it was formed an even greater network of water-mills, since the use of water as a driving force has, compared to wind, the advantage of stability, durability and better control, regardless of weather conditions.
  In Korthi area you can find more than 40 wind-mills, excellent samples of pre-industrial technology. Most of them are in Dipotamata, but there are also in Aidonia, Vouni and Piso Meria.

This text is cited March 2005 from the Municipality of Korthi URL below, which contains image.


   These unique buildings, fine samples of folklore architecture, are found in a big number all around Municipality area.
  These structures are used as pigeon houses, barns and even houses.
  Walking through the old stone-paths you will come across many pigeon houses, some of them elaborate, others plain-built, small and big. Most of them are well maintained and white-washed, serene points of reference on a landscape, sometimes peacefull too and othertimes rough and abrupt.







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