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Village
Location type: Village
Number of texts: 8
5 stars
Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

The town of Kastro has a great set of narrow steep streets. Kastro is an open museum with 4000 years of history. The exterior walls of the medieval houses adjoined and formed the defensive wall with only exits and entries through five vaulted porches. Typical features of the settlement are the closeness and the lack of communal spaces and courtyards, which along with the need for defence led to the construction of houses with two and three floors. Small houses of one room and narrow façade are built in the exterior ring, while big mansions in the interior.

Linked themes: History

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

Kastro is located on a hill as a natural fortress. Did you know that Kastro was frequently attacked by pirates. That’s why the upper classes had their residences on the higher elevation and inside the wall of the castle. That location afforded themselves better protection.

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

Kastro, a town on a steep cliff on the east side of the island Sifnos. By stairs, you can reach the sea shore and have a very quiet swim.

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

Kastro is by far the most authentic place in Sifnos, surprising you at every corner you take.

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Typical architectural element of Kastro. White and blue dominate.

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View on Kastro from the archeological site of Aghios Andreas.

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Typical house of Kasto facing the sea.

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During the 17th century, the foundation of the famous School of the holy Sepulcher was made, known as the Educational Institute of the Archipelago, in the entrance to Kastro. More than fifty Sifnians studuing here became bishops with distinguished careers. It marked the peak period of cultural and educational developments on the island. Kastro became the capital of Sifnos till 1836.

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