Tinos. A tour in Phidias’s part of the world (book)
Tinos. Passing from the Inner Parts to the Outer Parts. Kardiani
In a previous article, I described to you the tour of our hiking group in the Inner Parts of Tinos. Now came the turn of the Outer Parts.
Always under the guidance of Kostas, leader of our team, we enter Kardiani at dusk.
Kardiani is the first village one meets coming from the Inner to the Outer Parts. So it seems to be the link between the two areas of Tinos.
Here it’s still green as in the Inner Parts. And very green at that. We haven’t yet arrived at the marble areas, where vegetation is typically scarce.
Also the Baroque we saw in abundance in the Inner Parts still exists. And exactly here it makes its last appearance. And not just in the Catholic churches of Our Lady Kioura and the Assumption, but also in the Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity.
Because Kardiani constitutes a link from this point of view too. It’s a mixed village, the only one in the Outer Parts with a Catholic population. So this is the last place of a strong Venetian imprint.
And since it’s the last place, the imprint is intense. Therefore, the Baroque reigns in all three major churches.
Perhaps it’s the only village of Tinos with three large churches. All three facing the sea. Because Kardiani is one of the few villages that dared, in the age of piracy, be erected on the mountain brow and seen from the sea.
Thanks to the courage of their ancestors, the modern inhabitants have the rare privilege of contemplating the sea from their homes.
Kardiani overlooking the sea, with its three major churches. In front, Our Lady Kioura
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