Thursday Doors, The Greek island of Symi

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From the harbour we walked further up the Kali Strata 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.

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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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16 responses to “Thursday Doors, The Greek island of Symi

  1. I think Greece tops the table for worn doors. Some great examples Andrew!

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  2. I agree with Sheree. Top of the table for worn doors, but looking at the wall it’s in, that is at least a Champions’ League spot for walls as well.

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  3. A special place. 🙂 🙂

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  4. Oh my goodness….we’re these taken recently?

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  5. Those doors look amazing

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  6. Another wonderful collection.

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