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The "Aktaion" pastry shop at Mandraki

The building, where “Aktaion”, the well known pastry shop of the town of Rhodes, is lodged, has been built in 1925, in the early years of the Italian domination. It is a two-storey building with a small attic at the second floor. The ground floor has a nice arcade facing the road by the sea, with pointed groin-vaults. The whole building is constructed according to the isodomic masonry, a typical feature of the local architecture. It is a building very nicely designed, combining function with aesthetic value and in harmony to all kinds of use which it intended to realise.

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At the beginning, the building was decorated with several features, combining both oriental and gothic elements. But, from 1936 onwards, following the commands of the Italian fascist government, all the decorative elements were removed, to be consistent with the official architectural style of the state, that is to say, the so-called “fascist style”. In this period of time the building was called “Circolo Italia” (“the Italian circle”) and was used as a place of meeting and entertainment of the Italian military officers of the island.

Today it is a coffee and pastry shop, attracting many visitors, both Greeks and foreign tourists. Due to the exceptional architecture, the building has been listed by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a historic building with conservation status.
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