A stone wall part. A 300-400 years old building in the area of Agiades. The area is closed to the acient city of Samos. There are many other ruins of similar stone building art. The people use a special mixture of earth and caolin to connect the stones and keep the building dry.
Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of flowering plants, traditionally classified in the family Primulaceae, but in recent years reclassified in the family Myrsinaceae (Kallersjo et al. 2000). The genus is most widely known by its scientific name Cyclamen being taken into common usage; other names occasionally used include sowbread and sometimes, confusingly, Persian violet (it is not related to the violets), or primrose (neither is it a primrose). Cyclamen are native to the Mediterranean region from Spain east to Iran, and also in Northeast Africa in areas such as Somalia
The garfish (Belone belone) is a pelagic, oceanodromousneedlefish found in brackish and marine waters of the Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea, etc. The fish lives close to the surface and has a migratory pattern similar to that of the mackerel. They feed on small fish and leap out of the water when hooked. The garfish are oviparous and the eggs are often found attached to objects in the water by tendrils on the egg's surface. Garfish have unusually green bones (due to biliverdin) which discourages many people from eating them. Many consider garfish to be delicious fried, baked or barbecued.[who?] Its pelvic fins are located in a posterior position as are its dorsal and anal fins. They are positioned for posterior flexing of the body.
From Wikipedia, A stellion (Laudakia stellio), also known as a hardim or star lizard, is a species of agamid lizard found in Greece, Southwest Asia, and Northeast Africa. Like many agamas, stellions can change color to express their moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks and buildings, and also on trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.
The name "stellion" comes from Latin stellio, stēlio (stelliōn-, stēliōn-), which referred to any spotted lizard, from stella, star.
The pine-clad forests of Samos provided high quality materials for the making of 'Samaines', a very significant achievement in the area of naval architecture of the antiquity. The durability of the pines, the special knowledge in woodcutting and the advanced techniques of the shipbuilders of Samos makes the island known up to date. The pines of the island are still considered to be the best soft lumber for ship making. Even though it is not laboratory-checked, properties like high resin content, the smooth structure of the wood and the natural curves of the trunk as well as its durability are definitely great advantages that make it appropriate for ship making. The lumberjacks picked and cut the larger trees. The bark was removed and then animals were used to drag the trunks to the shipyards. There the experienced shipbuilders turned wood into ships, making the navy of Samos famous. The ship Samaina was the most representative sample of ancient Samos' ship making. It is said that it was designed by Polykrates himself. Using these, the Samos' navy dominated in the Greek seas and founded colonies in far places. It was a fast battleship with sails and three rows of paddles. It had a strong bow and it had great capacity for soldiers and merchandise.
The wooden vessels, boats and caiques, built in these shipyards in the 19th century, were considered as the best for the difficult sailing conditions of the Aegean Sea. One of the reasons of such a success is the long lasting tradition of the island in building ships goes back to the 6th century b.C. when the “samaina”, the type of vessel developed on the island, dominated the Aegean Sea for more than one century; this “know how” kept developing and lasted until the steamships substituted the wooden vessels in trade and transports. Another reason is the material used: the local species of pine which has proved to be ideally sea resistant.
Today only two traditional shipyards are still working: one at the port of Karlovasi and the other, the best known and important of them, in Aghios Isidoros. In the past this shipyard constituted of several independent units for building and repairing vessels, but today there is only one person working there: he is named Psilopatis and is famous for his skills in the entire island. His shipyard is possibly the last workshop of this kind operating on the island and it is found at the cove of Aghios Isidoros, an area of breathtaking beauty, which human traditional works do not spoil, but add up to it.
Do you remember the fishing boat of Drakei? Here is the rest of the story : I found a similar boat in Kokkari on the seaside, the work is prosided and I could take some interesting views. This one is how it looks like the inside part of the boat. I was very lucky to find a small hole to put my hand with the camera and make this nice view. In the next posts I will show you some more images. I hope you like it :)
There is a small traditional fast-food store in Ireon. Outside the store and next to the door there is the fridge you see with the drinks for the costumers.This is not a self-service one, is just for the Weitress. After the work is done and the shop is closed, the owner found this wonderfull way to secure his drinks from the potential thieves!!! Enjoy it!! Samos is a very secure island :)
In the summer of 2000 a fire burned about 30% of the island's forests.But life is everywhere again! You can see 3 survivors and many new pine trees growing again!We hope that such a catastrophy never take place again.
1828! founded in Mitilinii Samos [allilodidaktiko] school that according to testimonies functioned regularly. In the Greek School [Mytilinion] in 1843 apart from the common courses is taught also practical knowledge for the culture of vine, wine industry and cultivation of olive trees. From 1888 in order to it is registered somebody in the first class of Greek School [Mytilinion] should have had certificate of studies of complete municipal school. At a decade 1880-1890 they functioned in Mytilinii a municipal school . 1848! Our fellow villager Eythymios Kalymnios, that it had migrated in Yurgevo of Moldavia, it leaves with his will all his money in the Greek Faculty aiming at the construction a modern for the season school. On 19 September 1893, with the beginning of courses became the openings of new school and in order to is honoured the benefactor, the school it was renamed in “[Eythymiada] faculty”. The immediately next years “[Eythymiada]” is enriched with books and supervisory material of various donors and constitutes for her season a model school. [Eythymiada] Faculty functioned as [scholarcheio] up to 1912. Afterwards the union of Samos with Greece it accomodated [imigymnasio] and from 1934 until 1937 the urban school. The years of Italian possession the building had been ordained and used as military hospital of Italian army. Today in a good shape still the primary school of Mitilinii with about 130 pupils.
The information is translated from the school link : http://dim-mytil.sam.sch.gr/History.htm
A view from Agiades valley, on the top of the hill stil visible the ruins of the great wall around the ancient capital of Samos.
Ancaeus of Samos
Ancaeus was king of the island of Samos, and an Argonaut: helmsmanship was his special skill. He was a son of Poseidon and Astypalaea, and brother of Eurypylus. By other accounts his father was the Lelegian king Altes, which accords well with Ancaeus's rule over the Leleges of Samos. According to a lost epic of his house, sung by the Samian poet Asios, he married Samia, daughter of the river god Maeander, who bore him Perilaus, Enudus, Samus, Alitherses, and Parthenope, the mother of Lycomedes. The most famous story surrounding this Ancaeus is the following: When planting a vineyard, for Samos was famed for its wine, he was told by a seer that he would never taste its wine. Ancaeus then joined the voyage of the Argonauts, and returned home safely, by which time the grapes were ripe and had been made into wine. He summoned the seer before him, and raised a cup of his own wine to his lips, and was ready to taste it for the first time. He then mocked the seer, who retorted, "There is many a slip between cup and the lip" (Πολλὰ μεταξὺ πέλει κὐλικος καὶ Χείλεος άκροὒ). Before Ancaeus had tasted the wine, an alarm was raised that a wild boar was ravaging the vineyard, and on hearing this, Ancaeus dropped the cup and went out to investigate – and was promptly killed by the boar.[
Three km to the north of Chora, on the road that conncets Pythagoreio-Chora-Mytilinioi-Samos, you’ll find the village of Mytilinioi at the west end of the homonymous valley. The village is surrounded by hills that make it invisible by the sea. It’s one of the biggest and most vibrant villages of Samos. Its name derives from its first inhabitants who came from the neighbouring island of Mytilene. In the village you’ll also find the Paleontological and Folclore Museum with rare speciments of animal fossils that were found in the area. Excavations for that purpose were initially performed in 1887 and 1888, but many of the findings are in museums out of Samos adorning foreign collections. Signs of ancient fortification and other remands were found around the village, signs that this area was inhabited since ancient times. The village, at its height, was the first in tobacco production in Samos generating more the 1280 tons annually. Three km to the east is the monastery of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada). It’s one of the most recent on the island as it was built in 1924. The settlements of Kamara with 4 residents, Agia Triada with 4, Potami with 79 and Rizovrachos with 10 residents also belong to the village of Mytilinioi.
Its highest ever-recorded population was recorded in the 1928 census, 5519 residents.
Marathokampos (Μαραθόκαμπος) is a municipality on the island of Samos, Samos Prefecture, Greece. The population is 2,837 (2001 census) and the land area is 87.250 km². It shares the island of Samos with the municipalities of Vathy, Pythagoreio, and Karlovasi. It is the smallest of the four municipalities in both land area and population.
Samos (Greek: Σάμος) is a Greek island in the North Aegeansea A great portion of the island is covered with vineyards, from which the famus Samos wine is made.The capital city is Vathy. The most important plains are that of Pythagorio, in the southeast, Karlovasi in the northwest, and Marathokampos in the southwest. The Samian climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild rainy winters, and warm rainless summers.The largest mountain is the Ampelos massif, which occupies the center of the island and rises to 1,095 metres (3,590 ft). The island's highest point is the summit of the Kerkis range, at 1,434 metres (4,700 ft). Famous Samians : Pythagoras ,Aristarchus of Samos,Polycrates see also this link : http://www.samos.gr/
2nd Antiracist festival of Samos
Help a Samian Family
Geneleos Group. The group of statues is a votive offering to the Heraion and consists of six figures (five female and one male), one of which (representing Ornithe) is now in Berlin. Dated to 560-540 B.C Lets help the reunion of this acient family !