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Photographs - Cretan Windows
Images of Crete
Cretan Windows

Windows: The Cretan Operating System

There’s an old Cretan saying, it seems, which says “The only good window is a closed window.”

On Crete, windows are regarded as beautiful if they are small, and they are seen as perfect when they’re invisibly
hidden behind shutters. You'll find the evidence in the images below.

Foreigners often believe that windows are made for letting as much light in as possible, but that’s an erroneous
notion. On Crete, windows are simply made for letting bad air out, which only takes a few minutes. For the rest of
the day, windows and shutters help to keep the heat out during summer, the cold in winter, and storms at all times.
Photos and text Copyright © Rufus and Christina Camphausen
Visit their website  
www.polikala.gr
Cretan window