submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.09.2008
restored home in the village of kato hora.
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.09.2008
at the back of the small village of kato hora, near mylopotamos, some of the homes and churches in the castle, have a look at the amount of rocks needed to build the church in the front of the photo. lot of work there!!
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 20.11.2005
The Keystone Kato Hora
The significant keystone in the top of the archway indicates that the arch was built by master stone masons of a superior class
Lion of St Mark
The winged lion of St Mark, the Evangelist, protector of Venice, was the emblem of the Most Serene Republic. Beyond the city itself the lion was used in a variety of ways in all areas under Venetian dominion. The emblem of the lion is depicted in Nafplion and Crete on Venetian buildings and fortifications. Carved in marble or local limestone, they crowned the gateways and major sections of fortifications and public buildings. There were three main types of representation:
a. The lion depicted looking straight at the observer (gardant), its body doing a three quarter turn, moving either right or left with wings spread over its head. This type of representation was particularly common in the 14th and 15th centuries.
b. The lion is depicted side-on, in motion with its wings spread back and a closed or open inscribed gospel between its front paws. The closed gospel indicates a time of trouble and an open gospel a time of peace at the time of construction.
c. The lion is depicted frontally, with the main emphasis on the head, which is surrounded by raised wings. This type is known as ‘in soldo’ or ‘in gazzetta’, after the type of coin on which it usually appeared, or ‘in molleca’ on account of its resemblance to a crab.
In all versions, particularly in later examples, the lion is depicted as vigorous and arrogant, radiating strength and confidence, while its highly intense form is increasingly anthropomorphic.
In areas of Ottoman occupation the face of the lion has been defaced, particularly on Crete.
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.10.2005
one of the main paths in the castle with houses on both sides ,
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 21.03.2006
houses, churches all were within the walls of the castle.
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 30.05.2006
housing in kato chora within the proctected walls of the castle
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 16.10.2005
traditional kytherian house found in many parts of the island
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 17.06.2005
different styles of houses at kato chora a lovely little village just past mylopotamos,on the western side of the island with the blue ocean as a back drop.go and watch a summer sunset from there, will take your breath away!!
submitted by George Vardas on 26.05.2004
The British helped improve eduction on the island of Kythera through the construction of several schools, including this one in Kato Hora. They were based on the Lancastrian system of education where one teacher was required to teach large numbers of students in one large hall. This photo was taken in 1985.
submitted by George Vardas on 25.05.2004
One of the many abandoned homes within the castle at Kato Hora. A feature of the architecture of these types of laika houses was the narrow external staircase which provided entry to the first floor, usually to a landing or balcony above.
The ruined settlement within the Venetian castle at Kato Hora
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