More than 600 chapels, orthodox and catholic. More than 700 dovecotes. Approximately 90 wind and water-mills. Thousands of marble lintels, tens of carved fountains and detailed iconostasis. Endless lines of ancient stonewalls separating the lands.
The numbers do not destroy the magic… on the contrary they magnify. Because, in Tinos, it is not an exaggeration to say that folk art is glorified.Experience and hard work transform into talent, which gets transfused from generation to generation and engraved on small and big things:
On the human scale of the villages; On the simple, functional houses; On the lee courtyards with the stone benches; On the medieval arches; At the curved marble fountains of refreshing sources; On the farmers’ frugal cells, the paved-roads and the threshing floors; Even, on the woven baskets, the hand-painted signs, and creative cuisine.
Daily work, need for survival, human scale and love of beauty: to all these we owe the wisdom and the unique human sensor that left its mark on art.