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Its Demise Evidenced. The Motel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete
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Its Demise Evidenced. The Motel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete

25-08-2009 · Comments (14)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160C  Hasselblad SWC/M  

A return to Crete and a return to an old favourite of mine the Motel Xenia...derelict and beautiful. This was a store room that had previously always been locked up. Upon closer examination it seemed to be accounts so perhaps somewhere in this room lies the reason for the hotel's demise!
I make no apologies for the return, goodness knows how many times I have visited now...I love the place and feel good documenting it before it disappears. I guess as it slowly decays so it reveals more of itself. If you'd like to see all the photos posted to date then you can view them on Flickr or as part of my portfolio.
Designed by the architect Aris Konstandinidis (1913-1993). He worked for E.O.T (Greek Tourism Board) between 1957-1967. Today the motel just seems to sit and decay beautifully. I was back there at Easter to try and capture more of it's spirit before it is levelled!. 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.

it's your fear
keeps you home
the darkness swings
a silent phone is all you got
if somebody calls today
it won't be safe here any more

late night conversation
turns into a fight and all
the years you've been frustrated
they finally subside
and now you walk away
to face
the day

Listening to: "Late Night Conversation" - (Dressed Up Like Nebraska) Josh Rouse

Paul Tarin

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