Siva

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Browse the narrow alleys, smell the blooming flowers in the courtyards of the houses and admire tasteful buildings of great architectural interest, such as the Byzantine church of St. Paraskevi. Relax for a while in the nearby park and listen to the sounds of nature. Cool off in one of the stone fountains of the village, where, in the past, housewives fetched water for the house, or washed their clothes. It is worth visiting one of the “rakokazana” of the area to see up close the traditional way of distilling “raki” and enjoy yourself together with the locals. In addition, the cultural association organizes a large traditional festival for the celebration of St.Paraskevi on July 26 and the feast of Klidonas on June 24 with a traditional food competition.

MONUMENTS
 
Chamber tomb

On the west side of the village a chamber tomb of the Late Minoan III period (1400-1100 BC) was discovered in 1941 and substantiates that the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. This type of tomb has a chamber carved into the rock and a “dromos” (= corridor-like path) that leads to it. It has a horseshoe shape, its masonry entrance was found intact and is closed shut. Findings inside the tomb included clay sarcophagi decorated with geometric themes and themes taken from the world of plants and animals, amphorae, goblets, conical cups, basins, beads and a gold-plated ring.

Pano Vrisi (Upper Fountain)

In the courtyard of the church of Agia Paraskevi you will see “Pano Vrysi”, which was built in 1934 in order to feed the two side fountains. There you will have the opportunity to cool off and relax on the benches under the shade formed by the tall cypress and eucalyptus trees.

Kato Vrisi (Lower Fountain)

Descend towards “Kato Vrysi”, where, apart from the fountain you will see basins and laundry facilities that will remind you of the way housework was done in the past. The inhabitants used to carry water from the fountain with pitchers for the needs of their household, while the women went and washed their clothes there, giving the washing process a social dimension.

Korkodoulis residence

Walk in the narrow alleys, see up close traditional houses, such as the Kokordoulis residence located in the center of the settlement and travel to the past! The stone house is a typical example of 19th and early 20th century architecture; it has a large courtyard that prevents visual contact, while the main door has an arched opening and an architrave, on which the date of the construction (1822) is engraved. Unfortunately, due to abandonment and lack of maintenance in the winter, much of it has been destroyed.

Lidakakis residence

Walk westwards, to the newest part of the settlement, where the Lydakakis residence is situated. Admire a particularly impressive building with neoclassical influences, as they were applied in semi-urban areas of Crete. Unfortunately, due to abandonment and lack of maintenance in the winter, much of it has been destroyed.

MONASTERIES-TEMPLES
 
St. Paraskevi

Right after entering the village, you will find the stone built church of St. Paraskevi, which is one of the most important monuments of the first centuries of Venetian rule. It belongs to the single-transept temple type, with a dome that rests on four arches of equal depth. Its interior is frescoed and two layers of frescoes are preserved with the newest dating to the 14th c. Holy Mary Blachernitissa is depicted in the arch, the Evangelists in the dome, and St. Antonios, St. Paraskevi, and St. Theodoros Stratelates on the walls.

St. George and Zoodochos Pigi

As you walk through the cobbled alleyways of the village you will meet the church of St. George and Zoodochos Pigi which was inaugurated on April 21, 1885. In the courtyard there is a tomb and a monument dedicated to Ioannis Ainikoliotis (1834-1930), a rebel leader of the Monofatsi region.

GASTRONOMY

In Siva the main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture, mainly viticulture, olive cultivation, and the growing of fruits and vegetables. Visit one of the “rakokazana” of the area to see up close the way of making “tsikoudia”, to try it, but also to enjoy yourself together with the locals. Take a tour of the winery located in the village and have a memorable wine experience, tasting different varieties of organic wines.

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