My Favourite Pictures of the Greek Islands – 8

Restored Mansions on Symi

Today  we walked towards the upper town of Ano Symi passing on the way dozens of abandoned once grand mansions that were built over a hundred years ago when Symi’s sponge fishing and ship building industries were both thriving but which fell into decline in the first half of the twentieth century when both suffered serious economic failure.  Other houses were damaged during the Second-World-War during the German occupation and empty shells stand adjacent to some, like the Pantheon, that have been restored.  Rules on restoration are very strict and this together with difficulties of access for modern vehicles (the only viable means of transporting building materials is by expensive donkey train) means that the cost of a restoration is often prohibitive and for this reason the whole process of regeneration is likely to take some considerable time.

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5 responses to “My Favourite Pictures of the Greek Islands – 8

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  2. This is a beautiful little island. And this, in my humble opinion, is one of your best shots.Strong colours and interesting composition.

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  3. The colors in this shot are drop-dead gorgeous!

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