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Spumante Italia. Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.

20-04-2010 · Comments (11)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160C  Hasselblad SWC/M  

Hotel Xenia. Located in Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete, it was designed by the architect Άρης Κωνσταντινίδης (Aris Konstantinidis) (1913-1993). He was born in Athens and studied architecture in the Technical University of Munich from 1931 to 1936, where he came into contact with the architectural concept of the Modern Movement. He returned to Greece in 1936 and worked for the Town Planning Department of the city of Athens and for the Ministry of Public Works. He was appointed to the head of the Workers Housing Organisation from 1955 to 1975 and as the head of the Technical Service of the Greek National Tourism Organisation from 1957 to 1967, where he planned and oversaw the construction of a series of workers' houses and of hotels.

Today the motel just seems to sit and decay beautifully. From what I found in recent days the place seems to have closed in the mid to late 90s. Everytime I return I expect it to be levelled! It's situated right on the beach front so one would think prime building land given that it is only about 15 minutes from the airport. I have even managed to find a decent aerial view of the place. So here is a map of the Motel Xenia. The cross shaped building is the centre of the complex. The whole series can be seen if you pop over to Flickr.

If I get murdered in the city
Don’t go revengin in my name
One person dead from such is plenty
No need to go get locked away

When I leave your arms
The things that I think of
No need to get over alarmed
I’m comin home

Listening to: "Murder In The City" (The Second Gleam) - The Avett Brothers

Paul Giguere

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