Vathy Village Ithaca island, Ionian sea, Greece
Vathy is the largest village of Ithaca and has been the capital and main harbour of the island since the 16th century.It is a picturesque village of about 2000 inhabitants, built amphitheatrically around a deep and sheltered bay with a narrow entrance.
The earthquakes of 1953 had almost totally destroyed the village, leaving only a few buildings standing. Fortunately, most of the destroyed Venetian buildings were rebuilt in the same style. Vathy is considered a traditional inhabitation and any construction different of the traditional architectural style and colour is prohibited by a law voted in 1978.
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Featured in European Everyday Life Oct 30, 2012