Geometric building facades – Pyrgi, Greece

 

Here are some photos I took last June in the medieval village of Pyrgi on the Greek island of Chios. Intriguingly, as you can observe in the following photos, the majority of building facades in this village are decorated with distinctive black and white geometric designs scraped into painted cement, known as xysta.

The xysta are reminiscent of the Italian Sgraffito, a form of decoration which stems from Genoa.

Some buildings are completely covered, including the undersides of balconies.

Looking down one of these narrow roads one feels as if they are in a kaleidoscope.

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