Architecture in Greece
The architecture of ancient Greece is the architecture produced by the Greeks, best known for its temples, many of which are found throughout the region, mostly as ruins but many substantially intact. The second important type of building that survives all over the Hellenic world is the open-air theatre, with the earliest dating from around 525-480 BC. Other architectural forms that are still in evidence are the processional gateway, the public square, the tombs and stadiums.
Ancient Greek architecture is distinguished by its characteristics, both of structure and decoration. The formal vocabulary of ancient Greek architecture, in particular, the division of architectural style into three defined orders: the Doric Order, the Ionic Order and the Corinthian Order, of which is replicated throughout the Western architecture, even today.
Islands in Greece
The Greek islands are known for their special architecture, the Cyclades. Most commonly known for its beautiful houses, stones churches and paved town streets. The most characteristic feature of the Cycladic architecture is the colours: blue and white are the dominating colours in all the islands of the complex. In 1936, the Greek prime-minister actually ordered the inhabitants of Cyclades to paint their houses white with blue doors and windows so that these colours match with the blue sky and the white wave foams of Greece. These two colours are also used for churches, as the walls are painted white and the domes are blue. The houses in the Cyclades are small and have a rectangular shape with a flat roof, as the strong winds do not allow the construction of triangular roofs. They are built with stones and bricks and most of them have flowered yards or gardens. The inner streets of the towns are narrow and paved, as in the old times all transportation was done on foot or by donkey.
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