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Siphnos' settlements are characterised by a great variety, since the
town planning in the area of Castro, for instance, is completely different from
the other areas, because it has a strictly defensive character.
Castro's settlement, despite the years that have passed by, still
maintains its medieval character unchanged, with the narrow lanes full of marble
sarcophagi, 'lontzies' (gates through which one enters the settlement) and of
course the remains of the castle which used to dominate on its top. Most of the
houses are two- and three-storeyed, open from one side to the other, with a great
number of marble relieves carved inside their walls.
Most traditional settlements are concentrated on the island's central
plateau, resulting in their borders being difficult to discern, giving the impression
of a continuous settlement having no beginning and no end. There is a traditional
pedestrian zone starting at Artemonas and reaching down to Katavati, passing through
the settlements of Ano Petali and Apollonia, while a stone paved road is also
connecting Aghios Loukas with Exambela, Kato Petali and Castro.
One main feature of these settlements is their coherent cubic architecture
of Cycladic style and the white colour. Another fact characteristic of the Cyclades
is the existence of numerous snow-white churches, incorporated in the settlements
and consisting their integral parts. The area of Artemonas is also renown for
its noble houses.
ll along its coasts, there are settlements developed parallel to the seashore.
The first buildings were old pottery shops with furnaces, which were built near
the beach so that the caiques (small fishing boats) could have direct access to
load the ceramics.Many of them remain open until today.
The 'themonies' (haystacks), together with the 'peristeriones' (pigeon
houses) are the local rural houses. They usually have one room with few auxiliary
spaces, such as cellars for storing products, a winepress, a stable and often
a threshing floor.
This text is cited August 2004 from the Municipality of Sifnos URL below, which contains images
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