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Why are roofs painted blue in Greece?

Why are roofs painted blue in Greece?

Blue and white colours became permanent when a military government came in power in the year 1967. They made it mandatory for all the buildings on the islands to be painted blue and white as they thought these colours supported their political agenda.

What Greek city has blue roofs?

Santorini
Santorini – Santorini is perched on the edge of a submerged volcano, overlooking a stunning caldera. It is a dream island that is the epitome of your Greece fantasies – white houses, blue roofs and windmills.

Why does Greece have blue domes?

The blue dome churches are built on the slope of the caldera. The island of Santorini was built up by layers of lava. Major volcanic eruptions formed overlapping calderas (collapsed magma chambers). In the town of Oia, the two most famous blue-domed churches are built on the steep slope of the caldera.

Why are houses in Greece painted white and blue?

Later during the years of 1967 – 1974, a military government established their power in Greece. They set a political agenda of displaying uniformity across the landscapes. Therefore, stating a rule of re-painting all the houses in blue and white. Thereby, the towns started reflecting the colours of their flag.

Why are all the houses in Greece painted white?

This might sound strange today, but the whitewash used to paint the houses contained limestone. Limestone is a powerful disinfectant, and not many others were in common use at the time. Greek citizens thus whitewashed their homes to help sanitize them and reduce the spread of cholera.

Where are the blue houses in Greece?

First and foremost, it’s important to know that the whitewashed and blue colored houses are a trademark of Cyclades. The Cyclades are a group of about 220 Greek islands with some of the most popular being Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Crete, and Naxos.

What Colour is Greek blue?

Greek Blue is a strong blue Chalk Paint® colour inspired by the hue found throughout the Mediterranean, on rustic doors, shutters and furniture often faded and distressed. It’s also a colour that works well in a neoclassical interior deepened a little with dark wax.

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