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SIFNOS KASTRO THE ARCITECTURE OF THE VILLAGE

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The houses in the Kastro fall into two categories. Those with narrow facades, primarily in the outer ring, were built abutting each other to form the village's continuous outer wall. These are two-and three-storey houses; under this system, horizontal ownership predominates, according to which each floor belongs to a different owner. Access to the upper floors is by exterior stone staircases. On the houses of the outside ring, there are only a few elementary openings outward and no balconies or large windows at all. Such features, wherever they exist, are later additions. The mansions of the inner ring are distinguished by the existence of a large drawing room around which the bedrooms are usually arranged. This spacious sitting room was unquestionably evidence of the financial well-being of the upper class. In addition, within the residential unit there was a cistern, as well as basins and troughs for feeding livestock. One is impressed by the fact that every bit of space is systematically utilised, even the smallest corner. Most of the houses on Kastro have relief plaques over the entrance with various symbolic representations and dates. These are the known "family crests", distinguishing features of aristocratic, mainly western European families. Today many of these crests can still be seen on the facades of the houses, untouched by time, to remind the modern visitor of the village's long, fascinating history.



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