Pano Kardamili, the evocative remains of a Maniot clan stronghold. Superficial echoes of a medieval castle in England, yet the later buildings date from the early 19th century, four or five hundred years after English barons last fortified their lands. Agios Spiridon has an arcaded pyramidal tower decorated with flowers and six-pointed stars that give it a faintly Mayan feel. Inside faded and dusty icons hang under a simple blue ceiling.
Photo: Icons, Pano Kardamili, Mani, Greece, 9th June 2010