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Aphrodite of Milos  

Plaka

(late 18th century – today)

Sunset View of the Port Entry

Plaka is the capital of Milos, also called Chorio (village) in the local dialect.
 
It is founded at an altitude of 170m, has a healthy climate and an amazing view to the entry of the harbour. It was established at the end of the 18th c-beginnings of 19th c- when due to the morbid climate and the illnesses the residents of Chora began to abandon the old capital in the plain, and to seek a healthier place of settlement.
 
Initially they built at Kastro (the Castle), but as the population was increasing fast, the town was extended to the level region that lay at the foot of the hill. The new village was named “Plaka” indicating a level or plane region.


The traditional architecture has been preserved almost completely unaltered: whitewashed cubic constructions, of one or two storeys, covered by a flat roof (plaka) encircled by slightly elevated walls. The precious rainwater was assembled on the roof and through underground pipes it was directed to the traditional water tank, the “sterna” (cisterna=built reservoir of water).

Plaka by Night


The visitor can get lost among the numerous paved, picturesque alleys that were built according to the needs of the period of settlement, for protection against attacks, since piracy was still a common phenomenon in the Aegean.
 
Many of the ground floors of the houses were converted during the last years to gift shops, taverns or coffee shops in order to satisfy the needs of tourism.
 
Both the “Archaeological Museum” and the “Folk and Historic Museum” of Milos are located in Plaka. Periodical exhibitions and conventions are often held at the house of the “Local Cultural Association”.
 
On the west side of the town is the Catholic Church Rosaria, built in 1823 by the French consul Luis Brest, dedicated to the Virgin Mary of the Roses.


The temple of Korfiatissa is a jewel of the village with spacious courtyards. It is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin. It was named Korfiatissa, because its major icon of Virgin Mary was found in a region named Korfos; it is thus the Virgin Mary of Korfos. It was built in 1830 and was embellished with ecclesiastical objects and icons rescued from the destroyed and abandoned churches of the Old Chora.
 
It is celebrated on the 8th of September.

Rosaria, The Catholic church


Its balcony offers a splendid view mainly at sunset. Moreover, it is place of peace, calm and communication; a meeting place for the locals and a great attraction for the visitor.


   
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