A glance at the architecture of Spetses
During my summer holidays this year I traveled to Spetses, a beautiful island in the Argosaronic sea, with very interesting architecture. On the island there is a mixture of architectural styles from the past centuries.
One can see that the buildings are characterized by traditional local architecture, but also neoclassical and Venetian architecture. Below I present a few examples of the architecture, which made the biggest impression on me and that I noticed during my short holiday on Spetses.
Details of beautiful decorative elements of the mansions, located mainly along the coast, between the new and the old port.
The monastery of St. Nicholas was built in 1805 and is a symbol for the modern Greek history. The clock tower of St. Nicholas is of special architectural interest and is a masterpiece, built of marble from the island of Tinos and is 10m high. The courtyard of the monastery is decorated with mosaics of pebbles, showing scenes from Greek mythology and marine life. One can see such mosaic at many different places on the island, such as the large squares, in the pedestrian zones and at the entrances to some of the houses.
Poseidonion Hotel was built in 1914 and was the first luxury hotel in Spetses with warm water, electric lights etc. On the façade you can see carved details, marble and stone carvings. The balconies are made of huge slabs of Dionysus marble. The railing on the balconies are cast in foundries in Athens. The main building consists of three parts: the central part and two extremities, that breaks the volume of the facade and increases the interior space.