Cycladic Architecture: Rich diversity inspired by several civilizations

The islands of Cyclades in Greece surprise every visitor with the unique cycladic architecture which has become famous beyond the Greek borders. It is definitely the ambassador of Greek islands architecture. Uncountable settlements of incredible beauty and architectural interest are based on the simplicity and the purity of constructive forms which are spread in every island from the smallest to the largest.
Many settlements in Cyclades are characterized by their rich diversity inspired by the several civilizations who were attracted by the island of Cyclades. The Venetians who inspired many Cycladic islands like Tinos, Naxos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos and Sikinos have created beautiful castle-towns that belong to the flourishing medieval years, at a time where the locals lived in fear, from the pirates invasions. There you will see the typical two-storey Venetian houses built one next to the other, fortresses and other medieval structures. A beautiful and world famous sample is Little Venice in Mykonos.
Visitors strolling through the traditional Cycladic villages are often given the impression of a labyrinth. The numerous cobbled streets with the whitewashed facades and the different sized houses, luxury villas, shining under the Aegean sun, compose unique images.
Along the lovely countryside of Cyclades are many watermills, windmills, villas, numerous chapels and churches and the farm houses which are mostly seen in the islands of Anafi island, Mykonos, Sifnos and Folegandros. Also beautiful castle-monasteries dominate these peaceful Greek islands.
The Greek architecture of the islands is also characterized by the beautiful churches which are everywhere: Panagia Paraportiani in Mykonos, Drosiani in Naxos, Panagia Ekantontapiliani in Paros and more.