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The authentic houses of Skiathos, that still remain are few, but the traditional architectural elements such as roofs and flowered balconies, there exist in the newer. George A. Rigas Economou in "Skiathos Folk Culture"" states that:

"Today the houses in Skiathos, built with new designs of building art. A few are still retained the type, which had most older years..
Each home then had a ground floor, a middle floor and upper floor. A part of the ground floor, the half or more took place by middle floor. This was a floor of 1-11/2 m. above the ground, where they climbed with a ladder of 4-5 steps. Middle floor was separated by plank, in usually does not reach the floor upstairs. Middle floor was the department of daily subsistence of the family and especially in the winter..

The upper floor was usually ‘averto’ (ie indivisible). There were also houses divided the upstairs in arches. On the upper floor going up or outside the house with stone stairs normally, especially when the house had yard, or from the floor was a wooden staircase leading to upstairs.. The upper floor, and most of all houses, served for the reception of visitors to the festivities of the family, for the wedding ceremony.

The roof of the houses or tsati, as it is called in Skiathos, in ancient times was covered with plates, namely shale, were placed one upon the other like fish scales. Such slates were in Skiathos. But now more than eighty years stopped to use the plates. The lid of tsati now made by tiles, which are manufactured in Skiathos.

Today very few houses retain the old formula. All other built in accordance with the newest designs of the new building. Most of except ground floor have upstairs. The entire town of Skiathos has houses thick and tight with one another. The streets are narrow and most paved with cobbled. Yard is in a few houses."

T. Tzoumas


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