Thursday Doors, Syros in the Greek Islands

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As we walked we passed one hundred year old villas and mansions in various states of disrepair that are too expensive to renovate because restrictive planning laws insist on exact restoration due to their historical and cultural importance.  Instead it is cheaper to build new properties so these neglected fine buildings steadily decay and collapse.  One day they will be gone and that will be a real shame.

As the day continued to get hotter, shutters were thrown back like butterfly wings basking in the sunshine, washing hung steaming from open windows and every doorstep had a sleeping cat for decoration.

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32 responses to “Thursday Doors, Syros in the Greek Islands

  1. What a great visit. But I wonder how those crumbling buildings are doing now?

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  2. The doors definitely have character but I think I would paint a couple.

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  3. One door seems to have a bit kicked in at the bottom, probably by a German eighty years ago? I wonder if any bits of damage relate to even older events. Did Byron paint the top two panels of the jade green door? Or more probably, the bottom four.

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  4. Ah, doors of decrepitude!

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  5. Andrew, those are cracking examples. No one does really old doors quite like the Greeks. They look as if they’ve been in situ since time immemorial.

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  6. A photographer’s delight well presented

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  7. It those are the doors I like to see the inside lol!!

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  8. Beautiful. Just beautiful

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  9. Is the village sill occupied, I wonder. Or has it been renovated and revisioned as a brand new tourist resort? A return visit I think is called for.

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  10. I love the first shot and of course those blue doors. 🙂 Shabby chic is so chic.

    janet

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  11. Some real beauties in this collection but it’s so sad to see how they’ve been left to decay. The story it tells of the tug of war between the high cost of authentic preservation/restoration and basic common sense is so sad.
    I just can’t believe there isn’t a reasonable compromise solution that would allow for affordable restorations 😦

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  12. Heard they have those same restrictions for rebuilding in some other Mediterranean countries ….if this is the island closest to Athens, I have been there:) Clever to post these doors while they haven’t collapsed yet:)

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  13. These are great doors…so much texture and history in them.

    Regards, Teresa
    https://mywanderings.travel.blog/

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  14. “and every doorstep had a sleeping cat for decoration.” Love it! –Curt

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  15. Incredible shots! It is too bad they can’t be restored, but they also have so much character the way they are.

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  16. Beautiful. I love this texture that the sun brings out of wood.

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