This makes the island, unique in the Aegean since i n Syros and Mytilini (the capital of the island of Lesbos) recent constructions have change d the character of these settlements. At the same time, there are visible effe cts of Aegean architecture with Venetian elements.
The most typical houses from the 19th century have two or three floors with the triangular gable on the facade and tile d roof, small balconies with an iron grill, wooden doors, and symmetrical windows. Sm all or larger courtyards with pebbles are forming plant or geometric patterns. Inside the houses, the Sala is the most important room, a large reception hall, the cei lings are beautifully painted, and there are stylish furniture, mirrors, tables, and console s as well as valuable porcelain.
However, what immediately capture the visitor’s eye a re the colours, rightly called the island one of the most colourful in the world. Ochre yellow, brick red, blue, white and even more daring, salmon pink and indigo blue.