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Didaktirion (School) of Ano Archanes

The Didaktirion of Ano Archanes is an excellent sample of the architecture current in Crete during the period of the Cretan State, that is to say in early 19th century. Destinated to house a school, the building had been designed in 1901 by the Greek architect Salveros, who had come in Crete accompanying prince George when the latter was nominated for High Commissioner of the Cretan State.

The construction was achieved thanks to the donations of rich Greek-americans who came from the village. It is is a greek p-shaped building with two storeys and basement, all stone made with wooden roof covered with tiles. Architecturally the building is a very good combination of neoclassic features with monumental volume, giving the impression of harmony.

The building has always been used as a school except for the period of German domination, when it housed a german division. During the last decade of the 20th century it has been attentively restored and now this extraordinary building  houses the two elementary schools of Ano Archanes.
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