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The lion of Ioulis

From the area of Agios Spyridonas in Ioulis you will follow the path to visit an emblem of Tzia, the renowned Lion of Ioulis, or, as the residents call it, Liontas. The carved statue actually constitutes part of a massive shale rock connected to the myths of the island. It is a representative work of Kea’s sculpture and dates back to the early Archaic years.  
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Traditional craftsmen

Known traditional craftsmen were the builders, the basketrers and those involved with leather processing and the construction of musical instruments (such as ‘tsambouna’).  
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The windmills of Kea

Due to the island’s position, below the strait of Cavo D’Oro, the northern winds afflict it throughout the year. This is what led the residents to build grinding windmills in the style of the Mediterranean towermill with a three-storey stone cylindrical body and a conical roof made ​​of grass onto a wooden frame. The residents say that in the past there were 28 windmills on the ridge above and south of Chora, and 2 more in Kato Meria. The windmills of Ioulis are said to be 20 in total and they constituted the biggest windmill complex in the Cyclades. After World War II half of the buildings’ section was demolished and they were used as warehouses.
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On the way from the port to Ioulis, you will pass by the area of Mylopotamos. It is worth making a detour to visit one of the most important sites of the island: the old watermills. They have exquisite architecture, they fit perfectly to the surrounding environment and they were painted in different colors –indigo, ochre, pink, red, white. They were fueled by the spring of Flea which is the richest one in Tzia. They are 11 (tradition mentions 13) and they have been built on the eastern bank of the torrent, at different altitudes. The water supply in each orchard followed specific rules and since the water was limited and precious, each owner had the right to use it for a few hours every day.
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