Saturday, May 7, 2011
This is a view to the Aegean from the picturesque St. George chapel near Zaganiari.
In the background you can see the uninhabited Gyaros island (or Giura). People who struggled for freedom from the Nazi occupation, after liberation were exiled there as political prisoners in the years 1945-49. The same fate was met be people who somehow thought that the military regime of 1967-1973 was not a perfect government. The prison buildings were built by the prisoners themselves .Some photos of the place may be found here. Today, virtually nobody visits the island and the structures are left to collapse slowly. I think it is kind of shame.
On the left you can see the Zagora plateau, where the geometric settlement, with the same name, flourished in prehistoric times. The site is unmarked and not visited.
A couple of kilometers on your right, not visible in this photo, was the place where the neolithic settlement of Strofilas flourished. Nowadays a rubish dump is placed next to it, despite a couple of supreme court verdicts. And even after the collapse of the dump this February, the rubish is thrown through it, straight into the sea.
Anyway I am still fascinated by the cyan - blue - green landscape.
Cookie: An expression of Andros locals to describe someone with great eysight is "Βλέπει τον κόχυλα στα Γιούρα" (He can see a Triton's trumpet on Gyaros).