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Yiannis Gaitis Gallery in Ios

On the page about Homer's tomb, I wrote a little about financial support from the EU. Another example of EU' generosity is the construction of a colossal art gallery on a hill above Chora.

 

Gallery Yiannis Gaitis above Chora in Ios.

Gallery Yiannis Gaitis above Chora.

 

 

I do not know exactly when the gallery was started to be built, but I know it's unfinished, and I think I know that it will never be completed. The gallery - consisting of two buildings - was intended to host paintings by the Greek artist Yannis Gaitis (1923-1984) who periodically lived on Ios. The buildings themselves are finished, but the interior is empty and contentless.

 

The amphitheater overlooking Mylopotas beach in Ios.

The amphitheater overlooking Mylopotas beach.


Is the art gallery worth seeing? Well, the view is formidable, and the sunset is fantastic. Nearby there is a newly built amphitheatre from where you have beautiful views of Mylopotas beach. Unlike the gallery, the theatre is in use. Concerts are given every summer.

 

Galleri Yannis Gaitis. Ios.

Gallery Yiannis Gaitis. Chora in the background.

 

The cost to build the art gallery was 4,050,000 €. The EU paid 75% of that sum. The contract went to a local builder, who certainly laughed all the way to the bank.


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