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The Art of Pottery in Sifnos
The abundance of fire resistant clay (the product of shale erosion), the water from the wells and cisterns, the availability of combustible material, and the mild climate conditions are the main factors that aided the development of pottery in Sifnos, in combination with the skill of the Sifnians in working the clay.read more...
The History of Folegandros
The first inhabitants of the island seems to have been the Carians. Found in Folegandros ruins belonging to Cycladic settlement. The Carians were followed by the Cretans, who were even delivered by tradition with the first settlers led by Folegandros, Minos' son, after whom they named the island.read more...
Serifos in Greek Mythology
According to mythology Zeus, the father of gods and people, was involved in war with the great Titans, for the domination of the skies, resulting in the sinking of Aegida and the destruction of the entire mankind. The only one who survive was Deucalion with his family and their ark and later on with his wife, Pyrra, the created again mankind.read more...
The mines of Serifos
Iron and copper mines existed in Serifos since the antiquity. The mining activities started during the first Cycladic times, 3rd B.C. millennium. The first concession for the mining of magnetic and carbonic iron was granted to the "Greek Mining Company" in 1869 by Otto who used a royal decree. It is said that the working conditions for the ore miners, during that time, were barbaric and cruel.read more...
Chrisospilia (Golden-cave) could be the oldest cave in Greece to find mud-writings with reference to famous ancient Greek men on it's walls. It would be a great attraction if it were not so difficult to get to. It is located on the north sea-side of the island, about 30 metres above sea level, below the church of Panagia in Chora, with a significant speleological and archaeological interest.read more...
The Ancient Towers of Sifnos
From the Homer’s years, the Ancient Greeks used to use a well-organized communication network, an ancestor mechanism of the telegraph. The messaging representation code was mainly based on fire and smoke. This network at the Aegean islands, known as "fiktories", required the built of circular (8 meters diameter), stone towers. The towers were sited at morphologically advantageous positions such as the peaks of mountains and capes, i.e. points with great visual contact.read more...
Based on a local myth, in the era of pirates, a group of nuns were lived at the Chrissopigi monastery, helping in its preservation. One evening with a very bad weather, the nuns entered the main Temple in order to light up the candles of the Holy Virgin. Soon enough, however, they realized that they were not alone, since a group of Pirates had sought refuge within the church, sleeping on the floor.read more...
The Siphnian Feasts
Many of the traditions the inhabitants of Sifnos inherited remain unchanged until today, such as the one that refers to the feasts, which are held from ordinary Siphnians, the so-called "Panigirades" on the eve of the feast of the Saint that celebrates.
The process followed in order to organize a feast in Sifnos is really impressive.read more...