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Statues, windmills, buildings

The statues on the quay of Pothia have been created by Michael Kokkinos and his daughter Irene. In the area of Pothia, you can admire the three windmills on the slope of the castle of Hrysoheria. The careening area, 1 km to the east of Pothia towards the area Vathis, stands at same place ever since ancient times. The buildings of the Sub-Prefecture and the City Hall of Kalymnos were built in 1930 by the Italian conquerors according to the Venetian architectural style. The mansion belonging to Katerina Vouvali, the building of the Orphanage, the hospital and the building of the Maritime Museum are donations made by the family of Nikolaos Vouvalis (1859-1918).

Sponge diving in Kalymnos

The beginning of the sponge-diving activity in Kalymnos dateS back to the depths of history. Nevertheless, relevant evidence exists since 1800. According to this evidence, at the beginning of May, a group of four to seven people sailed with a boat of 6-8 meters and the necessary provisions, in order to fish sponges. Their only equipment was “skandalopetra” (a rock used when diving), in order to quickly reach the bottom and to ensure their endurance in apnea. They were seeing the sponges from the boat by means of a glass and they dived until 30 meters or even more, in order to collect them. They used to return to the island at the beginning of September.
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