Agios Fotios

Published 27th of June, 2018

Given that I wrote a blog about Statos last week, it would be unfair of me not to cover its close neighbour, Agios Fotios. Their histories are intertwined, as they were both abandoned for the same reason. Indeed, they merged to form a new, single town, called Statos Agios - Fotios. So what was left behind...

The View From Above

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Unless you are following our ace Road Trip 01, you are only likely to pass through Agios Fotios if you are going to Panagia, and if you do so it is easy not to register that this is an abandoned village. It is fairly spread out, with clusters of buildings appearing at each turn of the road as it winds up the hill. For that reason, we are starting our visit at the top end of the village, so you can see easily what is around you.

A Water Feature

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The first thing you are likely to see as you descend the hill is this renovated water feature. The plaque indicates it was originally built in 1943. The letters WSID stand for the Water Supply and Irrigation Department. But what is that funny building in the distance? Is there something on the wall?

Inspection Tags

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These tags indicate the location is regularly inspected.

Agios Fotios Mural

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Looks like the Anti Wall Brigade have been out protesting again. It is actually a piece by the street artist Morden Gore. You can click his name to visit his website.

Another Renovation

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Just along from the painted ruin is another building in much better nick. However, it is all locked up, so we shall continue down the hill.

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