Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

South East Europe / Western Trans-Balkan Road


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Corridor: Western Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Greece, Ydra
Type: Historic Town
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Modern TimesMiddle AgesHistoric Town

The roots of Ydra's social structure are to be sought in the second half of the 15th century and later, in the framework of the inland settlements made in the Late Middle Ages. Ydra reached the height of its achievement as a result of its nautical power during the later years of the 18th century and on down to 1815.
The settlement is defensive in character. The buildings are continuous, and boundary walls are high with apertures, especially at the junction of narrow and irregular roads. The settlement is concentrated along the length of a central path, parallel to the slope of the land.

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